Key Brew­ing to of­fer week­end tours and tast­ings

Li­cense granted to host the pub­lic

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - By VIR­GINIA TERHUNE vter­hune@ches­pub.com

Key Brew­ing Co., which has been mak­ing beer on Grays Road in Dun­dalk for al­most a year, is get­ting ready to open its doors to the pub­lic for week­end tast­ings, tours and spe­cial events.

On Mon­day, the three­mem­ber county Board of Liquor Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers granted the own­ers a new Class D (on sale) beer li­cense to sell up to 500 bar­rels a year on the premises.

Co-founder and head brewer Michael McDon­ald said the 1,200 square foot tap room is ready to go, ex­cept for fi­nal ap­provals from the county health and fire de­part­ments.

Pend­ing ap­provals, he said he hopes to open in a few weeks.

McDon­ald, who lives in Bal­ti­more and spoke at the Mon­day hear­ing, pre­vi­ously spent 19 years mak­ing beer for the Red Brick Sta­tion mi­cro­brew­ery and restau­rant at The Av­enue in White Marsh.

Key Brew­ing makes five beers, in­clud­ing Ch­e­sa­peake com­mon lager, Helles lager, On Point ale, Amer­i­can IPA (In­dia Pale Ale) and Rye Porter, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Per the terms of the li- cense, Key Brew­ing can only sell its own prod­uct at the brew­ery. It can­not sell al­co­holic prod­ucts made by other com­pa­nies.

The busi­ness is lo­cated in Dun­dalk in an in­dus­trial build­ing at the end of Grays Road, which runs from Wise Av­enue past the Spar­rows Point Coun­try Club to land once owned by Beth­le­hem Steel.

McDon­ald said the brew­ery plans to of­fer tours on week­ends and by re­quest.

The tap room next to the brew­ery would be open Thurs­day through Sun­day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on week­ends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said to com­mis­sion­ers.

There are no plans to also sell food in the tast­ing area.

The com­pany is cur­rently sell­ing beer in Bal­ti­more City and in Bal­ti­more, Anne Arun­del, Car­roll, Ce­cil and Howard coun­ties, with plans to ex­pand into Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and north­ern Vir­ginia, ac­cord­ing to its web­site and Face­book pages.

A Class D li­cense is equiv­a­lent to a Class 5 Man­u­fac­tur­ing Brew­ing Li­cense, a li­cense cre­ated by the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly three years ago that al­lows mi­cro-brew­ers to sell the beer they make to visi­tors age 21 and older who come for a tour or a spe­cial event at the brew­ery site.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.key­brew­ing.com.

FROM KEY BREW­ING

Key Brew­ing’s co-founder and head brewer Michael McDon­ald spent 19 years brew­ing beer for the Red Brick Sta­tion restau­rant in White Marsh.

Key Brew­ing based in Dun­dalk re­cently be­gan can­ning one of its lagers.

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