This week’s show might be completely consumed with discussions about what when on at Legislative Day in Annapolis this week. I was in town representing Shore Craft Beer, which partnered with the state and the brewer’s association to promote breweries as a destination during the month of February (they’re calling it FeBREWary and I am contractually obligated not to comment upon that further). I went to talk about promoting beer and instead heard about beer laws.
Beer laws aside, I got to meet with some of the local reps, who were cool, and I also got to watch the brewers yell at the state appointed chemists who are in charge of figuring out how to best regulate spent grain.
You read that right.
Although nearly every beer producing state in the Union has exempted breweries from regulations about state grain, Maryland has decided to reinvent the wheel, doing their own studies and re-writing their own legislation. The brewer’s aren’t happy. Also, some of them were a little scared as many begin to compete for tap space for the first time.
If you’ve been following, you probably know our take on this, but let’s pretend you are new. Growth isn’t something that every brewery needs. We are fortunate that the breweries here have been quite successful selling their beer locally. Some have expanded, and some have gotten pretty big, but except for Dogfish Head, no one is locked into massive growth.
This is a good time to shout out Chesapeake Brewing Company. They’re getting ready to open a restaurant and craft beer taproom in Annapolis that only serves craft beer from the Eastern Shore. They’re going to do very well, and they deserve to.
We’ll cover this on tomorrow’s, Beer with Strangers podcast. For now, let’s just say that places where the brewer chooses what’s on tap don’t have this problem..
When Shore Craft Beer put together its festival last year, I reached out to UnTappd for promotion help, or reallyl just to check and see if it was affordable. It totally was. They’re going a great job there and, with the money to grow, will be able to provide an even better service to the beer drinking and the brewery promoting community.
And last but not least, Untappd is totally not changing anything. They swear. It makes sense not to change and, based on…
Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.