Pherm Brewing Company is coming to Gambrills to offer live music and unique beers


What do beer and Phish have in common? In Gambrills, they have joined forces to inspire a new brewery.

Pherm Brewing Company plans to open its doors in Gambrills by Thanksgiving, a new brewery started by two friends who grew up in Anne Arundel County, Billy Abbott and Henry Jager.

Jager and Abbott named the company after fermentation, the process of making alcohol, and the band Phish. The two brewers met in a concert parking lot.

“The love of music and beer, that is what we are trying to bring back into the county,” Abbott said. Read more.

Maryland Wineries Association Formally Opens the First Landing Wine Trail

10/08/2020 by Jim Bauckman

The Maryland Wineries Association gathered with representatives from Generations Vineyard, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Slack Winery at Jubilee Farm, and Xella Winery to celebrate the ribbon cutting for Maryland’s newest wine trail. Representatives from local and state government offices attended the ribbon cutting and delivered the wineries with citations recognizing the opening of the new trail. The First Landing Wine Trail, located in St. Mary’s County, pairs one of Maryland’s oldest and most historic areas with delicious, local wine. Read more.

Eastern Shore’s craft beer industry at the center of new study

October 7, 2020  Kyleigh Panetta

MARYLAND – New research on the craft beer industry is about to begin on the Eastern Shore and experts say it could influence the industry on a nationwide level.

“We can count the different license plates from Maine to Florida every weekend but this study will show the actual economic impact we have,” says Bryan Brushmiller, the owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin.

Local brewery owners and craft beer enthusiasts say right now the industry doesn’t have specific data about the buying patterns of their customers or how that’s being influenced by the pandemic. Dr. Gina Bloodworth, an Associate Professor in the Geography and Environmental Studies departments at Salisbury University, says, “Do they live next door? Do they drive two blocks to the Burley Oak Brewery? Have they come from Connecticut?” Read more.

Microbreweries adjust to aluminum can shortage due to coronavirus pandemic

  • Oct 6, 2020

Lowell Melser News Reporter, Meteorologist

COLUMBIA, Md. — A nationwide aluminum can shortage, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is starting to take a major toll on microbreweries, including those in Maryland.

It is another sign of the coronavirus times as local breweries in Maryland and around the country, for that matter, are finding themselves in the middle of an aluminum cans shortage, causing them to scramble and all sorts of ways to make sure that they can get their sons to market.

Hysteria Brewing Company in Columbia, like many microbreweries in Maryland, is trying to keep things business as usual. Read more.


October 2, 2020

From Release

FREDERICK, Md., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — McClintock Distilling was named the number one Best Craft Vodka Distillery in the nation by USA Today. The distillery was also recognized as the fourth Best Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S. by the most widely read news publication in the country. These high honors for the Epiphany Organic Vodka and the distillery’s three varietals of artisanal gin solidify McClintock as a name to watch in the spirits industry.

“We are truly honored to win best vodka distillery in the country and fourth best gin distillery from the USA Today competition. We were certainly surprised as a small, organic distillery to be considered in the competition and very thankful that our community supported us,” said Braeden Bumpers, co-owner of McClintock Distilling. “We are proud of this national recognition that represents the growing and vibrant distilling community in our state. Maryland is quickly regaining its pre-prohibition reputation for making some of the best spirits in the country. Read more.

Boordy Vineyards’ founder remembered for his wine, nursery and significance to the industry” – PennLive

October 1, 2020

Paul Vigna

You can’t write about Boordy Vineyards and its 75th birthday without focusing some time on Philip Wagner, a newspaperman and winemaking pioneer who along with his wife Jocelyn opened the winery in 1945 in suburban Baltimore.

On the media side, he worked for the Baltimore Sun for almost 35 years, replacing H.L. Mencken as editorial page editor in 1938. A longtime editorial writer, according to his obituary in the New York Times, his interest in wine grew to a point where he and his wife opened the winery while also managing a nursery by the same name. His legacy will remain his promotion of the use of French American hybrids such as Seyval, Vidal and Chambourcin in America. Read more.

Troegs Partnership Feeds those in Need


PA Eats and Tröegs Independent Brewing have teamed up to empower Pennsylvania’s food-insecure to cook fresh, healthy and affordable meals. This unique partnership is made possible thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from the Hershey-based brewery.

“When we look at potential partnerships, the first question we ask is: Why?” said Tröegs co-founding brother Chris Trogner. “With PA Eats, the answer came easily. We started working in earnest with Pennsylvania ingredients back in 2002 with the debut of holiday favorite Mad Elf. Today, we buy about 25,000 pounds of local honey and 100,000 pounds of Pennsylvania-grown barley every year.

“We also brew and cook with a long list of locally grown ingredients. For instance, Pennsylvania long-neck pumpkins for Master of Pumpkins, which we first brewed in 2013, are planted and grown just for us at Strites’ Orchard, less than 10 miles from the brewery. We bring in about 3,000 pounds after harvest, and our kitchen team cleans and roasts the whole lot before handing them off to our brewers,” Trogner said.

PA Eats’ mission is to showcase the stories of people, places, and products that make Pennsylvania food culture exceptional and to create educational resources that support and empower food insecure Pennsylvanians.

Through innovative educational programming and a partnership with Feeding PA, PA Eats developed the Nourish PA video and recipe series, which features healthy, simple and affordable recipes.

Feeding Pennsylvania helps member food banks across PA secure food and other resources they need to reduce hunger in our state. With over 2,700 PA food pantries actively distributing food, there’s a crucial need for educational resources they can use to teach their clients how to create nourishing meals with the food they receive.

The partnership is achieving its goals in two powerful ways. First, a generous donation from Tröegs is helping to stock pantries, providing food for Pennsylvanians in need.

Second, to take the effort a step deeper, the partners will show people just what they can do with the food they are receiving.

The innovative approach leverages something that both Tröegs and PA Eats do particularly well: share knowledge. Chefs from the Tröegs Scratch Kitchen and the storytellers at PA Eats are collaborating on recipes, blog posts and videos that will teach food-insecure Pennsylvanians how to use the ingredients they get through food pantries to cook nourishing meals at home.

“Tröegs Independent Brewing is an incredible Pa. company and a perfect partner for PA Eats,” said Tom Gavin, Board President of PA Eats. “We share respect for Pennsylvania agriculture and producers. We thank them for their support and their commitment to providing our community members with access to food.”

About PA Eats

Pennsylvania food, drink and agriculture holds a special place in our hearts at PA Eats. We are so passionate about Pennsylvania food that we feel our state deserves a platform to showcase our incredibly diverse, beautiful and important culinary culture.

Through the educational programming on, we put the spotlight on small and large producers, farmers and communities in Pennsylvania, giving our state’s food and drink culture the credit it deserves.

We also feel strongly that as a platform about food in PA we need to help ensure that all our neighbors have the access and knowledge to eat well.

Through innovative educational programming and our partnership with Feeding PA, PA Eats helps educate and inspire food-insecure Pennsylvanians to cook fresh, healthy and affordable meals.

About Tröegs Independent Brewing

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing is driven by a sense of adventure and curiosity. From the beginning, Tröegs has been built by family, friends and kindred spirits who share a love of great beer. “We’re not an English ale brewery,” says co-founder Chris Trogner. “And we’re not a German lager brewery. We take bits and pieces from each one of those traditions and try to come up with what we think is a very creative and great-tasting beer.”

Tröegs is widely known for award-winning beers like Perpetual IPA, Troegenator, Nugget Nectar and Mad Elf, as well as its experimental Scratch Series, wood-aged Splinter Series and Hop Cycle Seasonals. Tröegs started working in earnest with local ingredients back in 2002 with the debut of holiday favorite Mad Elf. Tröegs also sources local produce including pumpkins, cherries, peaches, nectarines and strawberries from the fertile Fruit Belt of Pennsylvania.

Through rotating seasonal menus, Tröegs Scratch Kitchen is a showcase for new tastes and flavors, and its Guided Production Tour was named best brewery tour in America by readers of USA Today. The annual Art of Tröegs contest showcases the brewery’s love of art by challenging fans to create original artwork inspired by its beers.

“We’re drawn to people with a sense of adventure,” says co-founder John Trogner. “And we think they’re drawn to Tröegs.”