Okay, Not Everything Has Been a Total Dumpster Fire

Okay, Not Everything Has Been a Total Dumpster Fire

Almost two weeks ago, this blog turned into a volcano of unadulterated rage toward the Maryland House of Delegates. Because apparently it is customary in their country to thank small business owners – specifically small, independent, local brewers – by trying to kneecap their entire industry. No big deal, right? But when I haven’t been driving…

Senate Hearing for HB 1283: Branch’s Testimony Puts Maryland Beer Law Dysfunction in Full View

Senate Hearing for HB 1283: Branch’s Testimony Puts Maryland Beer Law Dysfunction in Full View

If you’ve been keeping track, you know yesterday was a big day for the Maryland beer community, as House Bill 1283 went before the Senate Committee for Education, Health and Environmental Affairs – the video of which is now available for viewing. While it may be tempting to simply focus on the echo chamber of…

Comptroller Peter Franchot Says HB 1283 Is a “Travesty” for Maryland Beer, Urges Senate to Take Action

Comptroller Peter Franchot Says HB 1283 Is a “Travesty” for Maryland Beer, Urges Senate to Take Action

Let’s Get Caught Up, Shall We? Over the weekend, a new version of House Bill 1283 passed over to the Senate. The problem? It’s bad for Maryland craft beer – very bad. It’s to the point that, while Diageo/Guinness is happy action has been taken, they also have concerns about the bill’s current state, as…

Guinness in Maryland: Dwayne Kratt, Sr. Director of Government Affairs for Diageo on HB 1283

Guinness in Maryland: Dwayne Kratt, Sr. Director of Government Affairs for Diageo on HB 1283

Three days ago, I outlined the challenges facing the Maryland craft beer industry in the wake of House Bill 1283 passing. This bill is currently slated on the senate calendar for discussion on Wednesday, March 29 at 1 p.m., in front of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee – so, call your state senators today.…