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Maryland breweries could soon sell beer on site

Craft beer drinkers could pull up a stool and have a pint at Maryland production breweries this summer under legislation passed by the House of Delegates on Saturday.

House Bill 4, sponsored by Eastern Shore Republican Dels. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Adelaide C. Eckardt, was approved 131-o. The bill would allow holders of a Class 5 brewer license to sell a certain amount of beer for on-site consumption. Presently, such licensees can only offer six 3-ounce samples and sell beer for off-site drinking.

The legislation now goes to the Senate, where a companion bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Richard F. Colburn is stuck in committee.

A dozens breweries across Maryland — including Evolution Craft Brewing Co. and Eastern Shore Brewing, both of which operate in areas represented by Haddaway-Riccio and Eckardt — would benefit from the bill.

So would state coffers. According to state fiscal analysts — who admittedly take some liberties in guessing how much beer might be sold and at what price — new combined sales and alcohol tax revenue could reach almost $60,000 a year.


  1. Thanks for the coverage! I do want to be clear however and state that this only applies to a Class 5 Manufacturing Brewery (Eastern Shore Brewing Co, Union Craft Brewery, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, DuClaw, etc), as a Class 7 (Evolution Craft Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, etc) already has the ability to sell beer by the glass.

  2. We are in the process of opening a Class 5 package brewery so this and a few other Bills (recently passed) mean quite a bit to the short and long term viability of our company. I applaud MD legislature for their recognition of an up-and-coming market which can not only add jobs in our community but compliment MD’s tourism market. We are looking to open in Howard County but due to current zoning laws, we might be forced to open in Baltimore County. Currently, Anne Arundel County does not allow for Class 5 brewing in any of it’s industrial zones. Bravo again to the MD legislature for getting this one right. Now it’s up to us to maximize the opportunity.