Key Brewing to offer weekend tours and tastings
License granted to host the public
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.
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.