Fran­chot vis­its The Bull and Goat

Presents medal­lion, gath­ers in­for­ma­tion

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

— Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot, ac­com­pa­nied by lo­cal and state of­fi­cials, tasted beer at a Cen­tre­ville brew­ery on Mon­day af­ter­noon, May 15.

The visit was part of Fran­chot’s ef­fort to gain more in­for­ma­tion about brew­ery oper­a­tions around the state. While there, he pre­sented the own­ers of The Bull and Goat Brew­ery, a non-brew­ery op­er­a­tion lo­cated at 206 Banjo Lane in

Cen­tre­ville, a procla­ma­tion for their small busi­ness.

The Bull and Goat Brew­ery has been mak­ing beer in town since 2016 and will ex­pand its op­er­a­tion to a tav­ern within the next few months. The tav­ern will be lo­cated at 204 Banjo Lane with an an­tic­i­pated move in date of June 1.

The nano-brew­ery is owned by Jake He­im­buch of Hen­der­son and Jeff Put­man of Ch­ester­town. He­im­buch ac­cepted the procla­ma­tion and Comp­trol­ler Medal­lion on be­half of the busi­ness.

He­im­buch thanked the of­fi­cials for the on­go­ing sup­port in their op­er­a­tion and the aid they have re­ceived.

“Ev­ery­one has been ex­tremely wel­com­ing, and we’ve seen hur­dles, and ev­ery­one has an­swered the phone and told us what we needed to fix,” He­im­buch said. “It’s been tremen­dous, and it’s rare.”

In April, the comp­trol­ler an­nounced he was go­ing to chair a “Re­form On Tap” Task Force to look at state laws about the al­co­hol in­dus­try in Mary­land. Fran­chot said the goal is to “cor­rect some­what an­ti­quated and out-of-date laws.”

Fran­chot said the task force will “make sure that the state laws are com­pat­i­ble with the growth of this in­dus­try,” which he said in Mary­land is a $500 mil­lion per year sec­tor.

Fran­chot thanked the lo­cal and county of­fi­cials for their com­mon sense in cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple will­ing to in­vest their time and money into a sec­tor such as this.

Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey said be­cause of the town’s strong in­ter­est in eco­nomic devel­op­ment, town of­fi­cials worked with He­im­buch and Put­man to change zon­ing laws as brew­eries were pre­vi­ously not al­lowed.

County Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey, along with State Sen. Steve Her­shey, wished the brew­ery con­tin­ued suc­cess. Buckey said small busi­nesses such as The Bull and Goat Brew­ery are vi­tal to a good econ­omy and must be sup­ported.

Kevin Atticks with Grow and For­tify, LLC, ap­plauded Fran­chot’s ef­fort in tak­ing a lead­ing role in up­dat­ing the state’s laws by de­vel­op­ing the task force. He said many laws ben­e­fit other parts of the al­co­holic bev­er­age in­dus­try, but now it’s time to fo­cus on the brew­ers.

He told He­im­buch that the risk he and his part­ner took opening a nano-brew­ery was high but that it will “yield im­mea­sur­able re­wards” and that the county will see its eco­nomic im­pact.

The task force, which will de­velop leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als based on other state’s laws and in­put from sec­tor stake­hold­ers, will be made up of 40 craft brew­ers, con­sumers and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Fran­chot’s of­fice.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The Bull and Goat Brew­ery co-owner Jake He­im­buch, Mary­land Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot, State Sen. Steve Her­shey and Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son of­fer cheers to the Cen­tre­ville brew­ery’s op­er­a­tion on Mon­day, May 15.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Kevin Atticks with Grow and For­tify, LLC, hands out sam­ple beers from The Bull and Goat Brew­ery in Cen­tre­ville on Mon­day, May 15.

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