Don Rush

Craft beer has taken off in the last several decades on the Eastern Shore with brewpubs popping up all over the region and making a name for themselves. But, what does take to open up one of these establishments? And, what kind of people would leave their steady jobs to pursue their passion for the brew. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at two of the more recent establishments and their entrepreneurs.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

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It’s called Rubber Soul.

But it’s not the Beatles album.

No, it’s a brewing company which is moving into Salisbury on Northwood Drive and it wants be in business by mid-April.

Jesse Prall is the co-founder of the company after serving as the brewing supervisor at Dogfish Head over the last decade.

Before that he was head brewer at Appalachian Brewing Company in Pennsylvania.

The types of beer will range from amber ales to heavy stouts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is set to consider a bill easing Delaware's laws on restaurants serving alcohol.

Under the current law, a restaurant must have seating for at least 35 people in order to be eligible for a license to sell beer, wine or liquor.

The legislation to be discussed Wednesday changes the definition of restaurants eligible for liquor licenses to include establishments that serve complete meals and provide seating for at least 12 people, not 35.

Dogfish Head Expands

Jun 9, 2014
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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is expanding its presence in southern Delaware and is adding to the number of states where its beer is distributed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the brewery expects to open its new Dogfish Inn in downtown Lewes in July.

Dogfish founder and President Sam Calagione says he hopes to bring more attention to the beauty of coastal Delaware by helping people get out into nature with outdoor activities.

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They could be serving popcorn and a beer at your local movie theater in Delaware.

At least, that’s what legislation introduced into the state’s General Assembly would allow for theaters that have 500 seats, are open 5 days a week and have at least 250 movie showings a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there are around 30 states which allow alcohol to be served at movie theaters.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has tripled the speed of its bottling operation in the past year with a new facility and equipment.

The News Journal reports Dogfish Head spent $21 million on the new building and German-made robots to speed more bottles to market.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says it used to take 10 hours to fill 100 cases of beer on the company's original bottling line in 1996. Now he says the same number of bottles is filled every other minute.

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When there’s a new brew the Town of Berlin is willing allow some celebrations.

The Mayor and City Council gave their blessing to three events that will focus on new beer releases at Burley Oak this year.

Bryan Brushmiller, who owns the brewery told the Salisbury Daily Times, that he believes these will give the town an economic boost.

He says that other breweries around the country host beer release events that bring in thousands of people and expects the same to happen in Berlin.

Growlers on Tap

Jan 31, 2013

Changes in Maryland’s alcohol laws could allow restaurants and bottle shops in Wicomico County to fill up containers – known as – growlers from any tap.

They would hold between 32 to 128 ounces and carry standard health warnings.

But, a growler must be specific to that restaurant or store.

The Salisbury Daily Times says that means an Evolution Craft Brewery growler could not be filled up at Market Street Inn.

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — A homebrew competition is returning to the Delaware State Fair.

Eighty-eight people have submitted 329 beer entries for the competition, which will take place July 21 in the Delaware Electric Cooperative tent at the fair in Harrington. Winners in 23 styles will be selected.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the top beer in each style will compete for Best in Show. The champion will get a $250 cash prize.

Fairgoers will be able to taste beers from local breweries and get advice on how to make beer at home.


            Wine and craft beer enthusiasts could see more opportunities to taste their favorites on the Lower Shore.

            Legislation in Annapolis would allow three festivals each year in Worcester County and capitalize on the growing the popularity of micro-breweries and local wineries.

            Ocean City hosts the Wine Fest at the Beach each fall, while Wicomico County hosts the Autumn Wine Festival and good Beer Festival.

            The measure in the General Assembly would allow two more festivals in Worcester County.