Month: April 2017

Behind the Scenes

Dear Annapolis, We’re Moving to This Summer

See editor’s note below for an update. I’ve never been good with sharing big news. Usually I ramble on for hours about nonsense details or pack in too much exposition. (“It all began back on an October afternoon in 1982, when I was born into this world…”) But for your benefit, I’m going to fight against […]

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Maryland Beer

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller’s Factually Tone Deaf Response Regarding Brewery Support of House Bill 1283

Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., has been a member of the Maryland Senate since 1975 and currently presides over the governing body as president. A democrat, Miller represents District 27, Calvert and Prince George’s counties. On April 14, he was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, during which he was prompted for comment: Kojo Nnamdi: And […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe with Virginia Craft Brewers
Maryland Beer

Maryland Legislators: Virginia Is Ready to Welcome Maryland Brewers with Open Arms

“Wait, Why Should Maryland Care About Virginia’s Approach to Craft Beer?” I want to start this by stating that I know to throw a beaming spotlight on Virginia’s open-armed approach to nurturing and cultivating a welcoming environment for craft brewers to grow their businesses helps Virginia by providing them with positive press. However, to forge […]

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Maryland Beer

Maryland Beer: Comptroller Peter Franchot to Launch Task Force Aimed at Industry Legislative Reform

House Bill 1283 has left an angry, but battle-weary Maryland craft beer community in its wake. Though Del. Dereck E. Davis – Economic Matters Committee Chair – has since spoken out against Del. Charles Barkley’s statements made to me regarding the bill’s remarkable ascension, there is no mistaking or sidestepping its punitive intent against Maryland craft […]

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Maryland Beer

Del. Charles Barkley Says House Kept in Dark About HB 1283, Wants Brewers to Prosper

Del. Charles Barkley represents District 39 in Montgomery County and has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1999. He has also been the chair of the Alcoholic Beverages Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committee for the House of Delegates since 2011. It was an assignment, he shared with me recently, that probably had […]

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Maryland Beer

House Bill 1283: Meet the Maryland Craft Brewery That Now Will Not Open

We’ve spent a lot of time discussing what kind of damage House Bill 1283 will have on Maryland craft breweries that are currently open and operating, and for good reason – it matters, and we should be protecting them. Even the Comptroller agrees. However, one of the arguments that is often lost in the shuffle […]

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