Study Shows Maryland Brewers Generated $637 Million and 6,500 Jobs in 2016

An economic impact study conducted by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates found that Maryland brewers generated more than $637 million and supported 6,541 jobs in 2016. When the sale and distribution activity of non-Maryland craft beer was included in the projection, the estimated economic impact grew to more than $800 million. The study was released during a Reform on Tap Task Force meeting on Wednesday, according to a news release. The task force, chaired by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, comprises 40 members representing key stakeholder groups within the beer industry. The task force’s goal is to review Maryland state laws that govern the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of Marylan

Baltimore Sun: Flying Dog puts new Frederick brewery plans on 'permanent hold,' eyes distill

Flying Dog Brewery, Maryland’s largest producer of craft beer, has placed its major expansion plans “on permanent hold” because of recent and much-debated legislation regarding state brewery regulations, chief executive Jim Caruso said in a statement on Friday. Late last year, Flying Dog purchased nearly 32 acres of farmland near the Frederick Municipal Airport for $2.55 million to create a brewery five times the size of its current 50,000-square-foot facility. Production capabilities would have increased to 8 million cases of beer annually, Caruso told The Baltimore Sun in 2016. (Last year, the company projected to ship less than 2 million cases.) Now, those plans have halted. “The primary

Baltimore Sun: During pleas for Lansdowne High funding, school leaders walk out

Four Lansdowne High School community members gave emotional testimony at a state hearing today, urging top Maryland officials, including Gov. Larry Hogan, to reject a Baltimore County plan to renovate the aging school instead of replacing it. “I shouldn’t have to feel like I failed as a parent, sending my kids to receive a fair public education, when they’re sweating in there,” said Dayana Bergman, a Lansdowne High advocate whose child will be a freshman there next year. “And I don’t know the long term health effects that this has impacted on my children.” The county’s interim superintendent, Verletta White, presented a funding request to the Board of Public Works, which authorizes state fun

Baltimore City Paper: What's On Tap: Comptroller Peter Franchot discusses Maryland's beer la

Primarily Maryland's chief tax collector and accountant, Comptroller Peter Franchot has in recent months become a leading advocate for the state's breweries—so much so that three have named beers in his honor. "Most politicians collect honorary degrees at commencements, I collect beers," he jokes in a phone interview. If you're curious, they are: The Watchdog by Chesapeake Brewing Company, Franchot Comes Alive by Barley and Hops, and Saison du Franchot by Monacacy Brewing. A call to arms came in a piece of State House legislation, House Bill 1283, which was initially crafted to increase barrel production—a necessity with Guinness planning to open its first U.S. brewery in Baltimore County—an

The Bay Net Exclusive: Local woman discovers new renewable energy source

NAS Patuxent River, MD- There are four renewable energy sources used around the world; solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal—but many believed sound energy couldn’t be achieved. A young woman from right here in Southern Maryland has found the way. After years of people telling her it couldn’t be done, Kristina Rickard, is proud to say, “Yes, it can!” She is the first person in the world to successfully convert sound into a renewable energy source—and she talked exclusively with about how she did it. The 25-year-old Great Mills High School alumna is a physicist with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). When she was just 15-years-old, Rickard set off on a mis

MyMCMedia: ‘Reform on Tap’ Task Force Comes to Silver Spring

Video available at The beer was brewed in house. The conversation on Wednesday, however, was focused, in part, on Annapolis and what lawmakers would do for the state’s growing craft beer industry. About 30 people showed up at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring to hear from Comptroller Peter Franchot and other officials about proposals for the 2018 General Assembly session to help craft breweries grow in Maryland. During the 2017 General Assembly, legislation was offered meant to help smaller breweries sell more beer. The bill, however, ran headlong into lobbyists who opposed the measure. As a result, Comptroller Pet

Bay Times and Record Observer: Franchot honors Sr. Olympian Dashiell

STEVENSVILLE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot stopped by the Kent Island Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to honor Senior Olympian Wally Dashiell, who will celebrate her 94th birthday later this month — on Oct. 31, Halloween! The honor came from Dashiell’s successes competing at the National Senior Olympics, held in Brimingham, Alabama, in June. Dashiell competed in four field events there, the javelin and shot put, winning silver medals, and in discus and hammer throw, where she took gold. In Birmingham, she broke her own national record in the hammer throw. In August, she traveled to the Maryland Senior Games and broke her own national record in the hammer thro

Arbutus Times: Lansdowne, Dulaney high schools on comptroller's radar ahead of board meeting

When Maryland’s Board of Public Works meets on Oct. 18 to review school construction projects, Comptroller Peter Franchot plans to grill Baltimore County officials on the state of the aging Lansdowne and Dulaney high school buildings, he said Thursday. “Lansdowne and Dulaney are two schools that I’ll ask some questions about,” Franchot said. “Because frankly, it is an embarrassment, and a disgrace, and a stain upon Baltimore County that Dulaney and Lansdowne have become, essentially, unsafe schools for teachers and students to be educated in.” Franchot visited Dulaney High School Sept. 25 after what his spokesman, Joe Shapiro, described as a long-standing “open invitation” from the school co

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