Don Rush

BALTIMORE (AP) - A bill introduced by two Maryland delegates seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in the state can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities to maintain existing limits.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis introduced House Bill 1052.

The bill calls for reducing annual limits from the existing 2,000 barrels to 500 barrels at small breweries while allowing larger facilities to continue to sell 2,000 barrels of beer. 

Don Rush

A new piece of legislation has some brewers up in arms.

The measure in Annapolis would raise the cap on the amount of beer that they could produce for consumption from 500 barrels to 2-thousand.But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that brewers are taking exception to the bill’s restrictions including on being cultural hubs past 9 p.m.

They say this could eat into the most productive time for the breweries.

But sponsors of the bill say that they want to keep them from becoming bars.

Don Rush

There’s a move in Rehoboth Beach to keep out craft breweries that are not part of a restaurant.

And the new law being contemplated by city officials would place special rules that go beyond those for regular restaurants.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mayor Sam Cooper believes breweries not attached to restaurants are simply industrial factories.

He worries about establishments whose main fare moves from food to all-alcohol.

Growlers on Tap

Jan 31, 2013

Changes in Maryland’s alcohol laws could allow restaurants and bottle shops in Wicomico County to fill up containers – known as – growlers from any tap.

They would hold between 32 to 128 ounces and carry standard health warnings.

But, a growler must be specific to that restaurant or store.

The Salisbury Daily Times says that means an Evolution Craft Brewery growler could not be filled up at Market Street Inn.