The Guinness Open Gate Brewery is on the site of the historic Calvert distillery in Baltimore County, 10 miles from downtown Baltimore and 30 miles northeast of Washington.
The distillery, originally called the Maryland Distilling Company, was the first opened after Prohibition in Maryland, in 1933.
For decades it distilled barrel-aged and bottled several spirits brands, notably Lord Calvert Whisky. In 2001, the site was acquired by Diageo as part of the purchase of Seagram’s, and spirits aging and bottling continued at scale until 2015 (and actually continues to this day as a live production site).
The site itself is almost 62 acres in size and is adjacent to Route 1 and minutes from the I-95, I-195 and I-895 freeways, and four miles from BWI International Airport. It has a long history and is integral to the area. It is just off the Civil War trail and even has a protected, pre-Civil War graveyard on its grounds.
Geographically, the site is fantastically situated, with several large cities within a 300-mile radius of the brewery and excellent transport links, by air, rail, sea and road.
It’s also a large brownfield site with wonderful history and heritage and enormous potential to be redeveloped.The brewing industry in Maryland is growing fast, with several notable breweries making a name for themselves locally and nationally.
The brewery also boasts the 1817 restaurant, named for the year Guinness sent its first shipment from Ireland to America. It offers a full menu of appetizers, entrees, beer, cocktails and desserts.