The Open Gate Brewery is the first Guinness operation on U.S. soil in more than 60 years. It is home to two custom-built brewhouses: a 10-barrel brewhouse and a 100-hectoliter brewhouse.
The facility also features an outdoor lawn, a taproom, restaurant, retail story and historic Guinness artwork artifacts from Dublin. Guests can explore three floors of history and storytelling and get a taste of Ireland without getting on a plane. It is also the center for all of the experimental beers this side of the Atlantic. Many of the new brews include barrel-aged beers in a nod to the heritage as a distillery but also the long tradition Guinness has of aging beer in wood.
In June, the brewery announced plans to give back to the community with the Guinness Gives Back Baltimore Community Fund that has a million-dollar commitment. It will focus on three areas in the regional Black community: economic justice, community empowerment and equal representation. It will support the Baltimore Education and Training Foundation, the Reginald F. Lweis Museum, Job Opportunities Task Force, Maryland Food Bank and Baltimore Action Legal Team.
The brewery sources incredients and materials for the beer, food and merchandise from local vendors, including Black Cloud Malthouse, Black Locust Hops, Apex Bee Company and more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the brewery has adjusted to offer socially distanced tables and seating areas in the outdoor area. Guests can avoid queue lines by ordering through an online, contactless system.