• By Kevin M. Smith Special to 72 Hours
  • Mar 11, 2020
Kevin Smith

Editor’s Note

This story has been updated to state that the Quad State Beer Fest originally scheduled for this weekend in Hagerstown has been postponed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Every now and then I have to take a step back for some basic housekeeping issues. Sure, there’s plenty going on around us here in Frederick, but this is just a part of Maryland’s overall craft beer community, and just a tiny part of the nation’s craft beer scene.

Last month was a busy month for Maryland beer with the Love Thy Beer event down in Silver Spring, and the official opening of 1623 Brewing Company’s Eldersburg brewery and taproom. Someone posed the question in the comments of the digital version of my column last month (and I’m paraphrasing) why do you write about events in Silver Spring given that you write for a Frederick newspaper? The answer is pretty simple: The Frederick beer scene does not end at the county lines.

As a matter of fact, the Frederick craft beer scene, and its impact, goes much further.

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