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Md. breweries go to bat for trade organization

Breweries throughout Maryland are uniting to release a collection of one-off beers, raise funds for Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM), the state’s craft beer trade association

The effort, dubbed “Brew for BAM,” includes each participating brewery brewing a beer showcasing their brand’s unique approach to crafting recipes. Originally an idea from Mike Clements of Frederick’s Idiom Brewing Company, Brew for BAM has grown into an industry-wide effort that will raise funds to support the work of the state’s non-profit craft beer trade association.

Clements said the organization realized it would lose a substantial amount of annual revenue from canceled consumer events because of the COVID-19 pandemic that he and other brewers would soften the blow by brewing specialty beers and contributing a portion of the proceeds to the work being done by BAM.

There are currently eight Maryland breweries scheduled to release Brew for BAM beers. On July 4, the team at Mully’s released the first Brew for BAM beer, an amber ale.

Breweries currently participating in the Brew for BAM collaborative fundraiser include 1812 Brewery (Cumberland), Full Tilt Brewing (Baltimore), Hysteria Brewing Company (Columbia), Idiom Brewing Company (Frederick), Mully’s Brewery (Prince Frederick), Olde Mother Brewing Co. (Frederick), True Respite Brewing Company (Derwood), and Waredaca Brewing Company (Gaithersburg) and Clements expects additional breweries to sign on. Each brewery’s recipe and release date will be determined by that participating brewery.


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