Charles County Nano-Brewery Awarded “2020 Champion Of Maryland Manufacturing”

by Staff October 30, 2020

WALDORF, MD–Southern Maryland nano-brewery Patuxent Brewing, was recently awarded the coveted Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland’s (RMI) Champion of Maryland Manufacturing, and the People’s Choice Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

More than 11,000 votes were cast for RMI’s inaugural Champions of MD Manufacturing People’s Choice Awards, sponsored by PSA Insurance & Financial Services. A record number (143) Champion stories were submitted. Read more.


October 28, 2020 by Jim Bauckman

October 28, 2020


SAINT MICHAELS, Md., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Gray Wolf® Rye Whiskey, the first whiskey and namesake of Maryland’s Gray Wolf® distilling company, is set for release on October 28th coinciding with a branding refresh, and timed as a celebration of the team’s four year anniversary.

The launch of this first batch is a momentous occasion for the distillery which began its whiskey program in 2016. Gray Wolf has been resolute in its dedication to handcrafting spirits from scratch using premium raw ingredients. This whiskey is no exception. Mashed and distilled from 60% rye and 40% malted barley, Gray Wolf Rye Whiskey has been solera aged in a progression of three casks. It begins its development in new charred North American oak barrels. Successive maturation evolves in port wine casks then finishes in Appalachian grown white oak vats. The process, though labor intensive, adds more complexity and depth to the final spirit, according to co-founder and distiller, R.B. Wolfensberger. Read more.

The On-Premise Shifts Shade Mountain is Making to Stay in the Black

By Jon Sicotte on October 28, 2020

Although not exactly making gains in production and sales, Pennsylvania’s Shade Mountain Winery has noticed a significant change to how business was done early in the pandemic and those adjustments have helped shift what the winery is planning on doing this fall and into winter.

Gone is bar service or wine tastings, instead, a wine flight for a fee has been added and consumers are directed to the winery’s extensive outdoor seating area and deck that overlooks the winery.

“Our deck has seen lots of traffic over the past couple months,” said General Manager Jenny Nicola of the central Pennsylvania Susquehanna River Valley​ winery​. “It’s quite a gorgeous view. 

“I think that people coming into the winery, enjoying wine by the glass, wine by the bottle, and these flights out in our deck, really renewed an appreciation for the outdoors, the serenity of the vineyard, just getting away from the craziness of what COVID has.” Read more.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Three Beer-Cocktail Hybrids


After a long day in the brewery or an intense round of tastings, many brewers will, somewhat unsurprisingly, crave a sip of something different. While some choose wine or cider, many others reach for a cocktail.

Enamored with the creativity of bartenders who can combine spirits with endless other ingredients to pack new, exciting flavor combinations into a single serving, it was just a matter of time before some brewers would integrate their infatuation into beer experiences. Here, we break down three recent releases that do just that and shed light on the classic cocktails that inspired them. Read More.

New Clonakilty Irish Whiskeys Finished In Beer Casks From American Breweries

IRISHBy Hannah Kanik / October 20, 2020

Clonakilty Distillery, part of a younger generation of Irish whiskey distilleries aiming to put their mark in this category, has gone a rather interesting new route in this regard. What they’ve done around this with a recent series of new releases is partnering with select US breweries to create a range of limited edition cask finished whiskeys for the American market.

These whiskeys are aged in casks that come from premium beers across the country, according to a recent statement from the company. They started hitting America’s shores at the end of September, while some bottles will be for sale at the Irish distillery shop in Clonakilty. Read more.

Ledo Pizza Partners with Local Brewery to Debut Limited Edition Gypsy Lager

October 19, 2020 · ·

Annapolis, MD  (  Ledo Pizza is continuing its commitment to menu innovation by partnering with Dover-based Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. to launch an innovative new beer – Gypsy Lager.

The Gypsy Lager is a Munich-Style Helles Lager brewed in the tradition of great German Lagers. Munich and Vienna malts provide a honeyed, backbone that is contrasted with the clean bitterness of Perle Hops. The result is a crisp and refreshing beer.

“We partnered with Fordham & Dominion 20 years ago to create a Ledo Lager, and it was a huge hit,” said Ledo Pizza CEO Jamie Beall. “I expect guests to have the same reaction about the new Gypsy Lager. Fordham & Dominion is a local independent craft brewer, and I’ve never tasted a beer from there that I didn’t like. I’m excited for this partnership and look forward to hearing what our guests have to say about this limited edition beer.” Read more.

Maryland Breweries Working TogetherUnique BAM Collaborations, Pre-Sale Starts Today
If there is one thing we all know about 2020, it is that life hasn’t been “normal” this year. Between physical isolation and sharing experiences virtually, we’re all trying to adapt to a world where distance equals safety and comfort. Here at the Brewers Association of Maryland, we’re pretty social creatures and we miss celebrating beer with you.

Since we couldn’t host the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival this fall, we felt it was necessary to find a fun way to help you explore and enjoy great tasting local beer. More than 25 Maryland breweries answered the call to bring the fun of #MDBeer directly to your door!

These breweries partnered up to brew four unique and exclusive releases, representing the hottest trends in beer. Whether your palate prefers hazy pale ales, stouts, clean and crispy lagers, or chewy fruited sours, these breweries have a delicious release for you! Each collaboration is paired with a local label artist and we’re thrilled to introduce you to Series #1 of The Collab Project.
Juicy & Hazy Collaboration: Eight Hazy IPA

Host Brewery: B.C. Brewery (Hunt Valley)

Collaborators: Full TiltHopkins Farm BreweryIndependent Brewing Co.Mobtown BrewingMully’s BreweryPub Dog BrewingSmoketown Brewing Station
Malty Collaboration: What Maryland Stouts

Host Brewery: True Respite (Derwood)

Collaborators: 1623 Brewing Co.Crooked Crab Brewing Co.Denizens Brewing Co.Hysteria BrewingMano Negra Beer Co.Milkhouse BreweryNepenthe Brewing Co.Quiet SchemeSlate Farm BreweryTen Eyck Brewing Co.
Lager Collaboration: BAM Italian-style Pilsner

Host Brewery: Calvert Brewing Co. (Upper Marlboro)

Collaborators: Denizens Brewing Co.Elk River Brewing Co.Forward BrewingHysteria Brewing

Fruited Sour Collaboration: POW, SMACK, BAM! 

Host Brewery: Idiom Brewing Co. (Frederick)

Collaborators: 7 Locks BrewingCharm City MeadworksHomaide Brewing Co.Smoketown Brewing CreeksideSteinhardt Brewing Co.Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy these one-of-a-kind collaborations. Pre-sales for these four-packs start Friday, October 16, 2020, and beer will be shipped directly to you, just in time to enjoy for Thanksgiving. We’ve even partnered with some of our favorite personalities in Maryland Beer, including the Uncapped Podcastthe Brewmashsers, and Bash Bros. to bring you some deliciously fun content to enjoy while sipping your suds.

Follow the link below to order your beer!
Pre-Order Your Collaboration 4-Packs