By Jennifer Sabini Evans

From an abandoned church in Upper Fells Point to the Historic 1812 Barn in Cumberland, Maryland, craft breweries continue to spring up in abandoned spaces across the state. With their popularity still on the rise, craft breweries have turned industrial streets and forgotten parts of town into thriving neighborhoods, giving old factories and large spaces with high ceilings a chance to reinvent themselves.

It’s a little past 2 p.m. on a brisk November Thursday in Salisbury, MD, and the newest addition to its beer scene – Burnish Beer Co., is evidently becoming one of the area’s popular chill spots to spark off the weekend.

Burnish Beer Co. recently finished converting a 6,000 square-foot space, formally an old boat factory known as the Bayliner Building, on the North side of Salisbury, into a brewery with an expansive indoor restaurant and tasting room.

Throughout the building’s taproom, visitors sit at tables splitting wood-fired Neapolitan style pizzas, munching on wood-fired orange glazed chicken wings, and making their way down the line of mini brewskis, testing their pallets to see if they can find a new favorite to order later as a full glass. Along with Burnish Beer Co. staple beers, customers can also sample rare, limited-edition, and specialty beers selected from a rotating tap list throughout the year to allow craft beer consumers to sample other craft beer favorites without leaving town.

Beer Flights

The pleasure of a flight of beers is that it’s like a sampler platter, a master’s class, a speed date, and a family reunion all rolled into one.

Burnish Beer Co. Beer Flight
Burnish Beer Co. Beer Flight
Jennifer Sabini Evans/ Shore Craft Beer


If you’re in a brewery or bar and you really don’t know what you are in the mood for, a flight of beers is the best way for you to kiss a lot of frogs and quickly find your prince.

Although Burnish Beer Co. offered many beers, only four were included in the flight. All four beers were Burnish Beer Co. creations.

1. Capturing Daylight – Light Ale – 4.1%
2. It Feels Like Forever – IPA – 6%
3. I’m Thinking I’m Back – IPA – 6.8%
4. Pierre – Belgian Wit – 5.5%

My Burnish Beer Co. Prince – Capturing Daylight
The flavor of Capturing Daylight tickled my taste buds as it tastes just like its name. It has a light and refreshing flavor – not too hoppy, just a bit sweet.

Burnish Beer Co. Outdoor Beer Garden
Burnish Beer Co. Outdoor Beer Garden
Jennifer Sabini Evans/ Shore Craft Beer


A great feature of the place is the outdoor beer garden, a cozy 2,000 square foot pet friendly oasis replete with greenery and polished-wood picnic tables where you can unwind and enjoy craft beers with friends and loved ones. The team continues to add finishing touches to the outdoor beer garden, which will be fully functional when the warmer weather returns in 2022.

The founders of Burnish Beer Co. are Randy Mills, Alex Fisher, and Taylor Wade, all born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, the city referred to as “The Comfortable Side of Coastal”. Mills is not new to the craft beer scene. He was former head brewer at Evolution Craft Beer Co. in Salisbury and was a co-owner of RAR Brewing in Cambridge.

Burnish Beer Co. is located at 2305 Northwood Dr. Suite E, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Jennifer Sabini Evans
Author: Jennifer Sabini Evans

I’m a freelance Journalist and Photographer with a focus on food, travel, and entertainment living in and around Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

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