Law Allows Farm Breweries to Sell Their Own Beer

- MOUNT AIRY, Md. - A new law went into effect July 1 allowing farm breweries to sell their own beer in Maryland.

Delegate Kelly Schulz, of Frederick County, sponsored a law several years ago allowing farms to brew their own beer. Now, she helped pass another law this year allowing farm breweries to distribute the beer they make.

Linganore Wincellars in Mount Airy are known for their wine, but soon, they'll be known for something else.

"Behind us we have approximately 200 hops that have been growing since the spring," said Vic Aellen, with Linganore Winecellars.

"They can distribute up to 3,000 barrels of their own beer to any of the local stores or try to build up their name recognition," Schulz (R) said. "It helps them with their own personal marketing, and it helps them to develop their own personal business plan."

A brewery building is under construction at Linganore Winecellars. The owners say they expect crews to have it completed by mid-August.

"It's really a win-win for the industry," Aellen said. "It's a win for the distributors because it allows us to establish a market for them, and it's a win for us because it gives us an opportunity to go out and meet our clients."

"I think it's going to help them show their independence as a local business," Schulz said. "I think it will help with the local home-grown type feel that many businesses have had a great opportunity at successful with."

Aellen said he hopes to start brewing beer around September.

"There's a rotation that comes in," Aellen said. "There's fall beers, winter beers, spring beers, summer beers. It's all fun."

Schulz said the majority of Maryland farm breweries are in Frederick County.

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