The Craft Beer Legislation Roundtable is a discussion about the economic impact of local craft beer and why the current legislative discussions matter. This audio was recorded February 15, 2018 at Salisbury University's Art Galleries in downtown Salisbury, Maryland.

The moderator is Don Rush, Delmarva Public Radio's News Director.


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BALTIMORE (AP) - A bill introduced by two Maryland delegates seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in the state can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities to maintain existing limits.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis introduced House Bill 1052.

The bill calls for reducing annual limits from the existing 2,000 barrels to 500 barrels at small breweries while allowing larger facilities to continue to sell 2,000 barrels of beer. 

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There’s good news for brewers.

Construction is wrapping up on a new processing malt processing plant in Laurel, Delaware.

Marc Musial, the regional manager for Proximity malt, told WBOC that he expects production will come in at 25-thousand tons of malted grain a year.

That’s around one million barrels of beer.

He notes that the malting process take around eight days.

Musial says after that it should be ready to be shipped by Christmas.

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Brews on the Beach returns on Saturday in Ocean City.

There will be more than 30 local brews at Hooper’s Crab House in the afternoon.

And it will be hosted by Shore Craft Beer and Fin City Brewing Company.

Among participants will be Evolution Craft Brewing, Tall Tales and 3rd Wave.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that NASA Wallops Flight Facility B.I.E.R. home brewing club will be there to have their handiwork judged by VIP ticket holders.

The winner will see their recipe brewed by Fin City.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing another craft brewery expansion in Virginia thanks to state help.

The governor's office announced Thursday that Stable Craft Brewing plans to spend $500,000 to expand its brewery in Augusta County.

The expansion is set to create 13 new jobs. McAuliffe approved a $15,000 state grant through the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which the county will match. Stable is also eligible for a state aide through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's cabinet officials are hitting the road as part of an annual effort to increase their visibility around the state.

This year's "Cabinet on the Road" takes place this week in the Hampton Roads area.

The governor, his wife and several of his top aides will take part in various events.

That includes Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward touring a crab-picking house in Hampton and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore visiting a brewery in Virginia Beach.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick officials are moving to finalize a sale of 31 acres of city land to Flying Dog Brewery that would enable the company to vastly increase its output.

The agenda for Thursday's meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman includes a public hearing on contingencies of a $2.6 million transaction the city agreed to in September.

Flying Dog says the new plant would create 150 jobs and be capable of producing 700,000 barrels a year, compared with 100,000 at its existing plant in a business park south of Frederick.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Constitution Yards, a 20,000-square-foot seasonal outdoor beer garden, is coming to Wilmington's Riverfront.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the attraction is being built at Justison Landing Park along the Christina Riverwalk and could open sometime between June 15 and 22.

The beer garden will offer everything from craft beer and frozen cocktails to barbecue and beer cheese fries. There will also be games like corn hole, whiffle ball and bocce.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A brewery in Frederick is using the money it was awarded in a legal battle to establish an organization that supports First Amendment rights.

Flying Dog Brewery executive director Erin Weston says the company has created the 1st Amendment Society to advocate for free speech and fight censorship.

Last march, the brewery won a six-year legal battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission after the commission rejected the company's "Raging Bitch" IPA name and label.

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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.