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Virginia sees opportunity amid discord over Maryland brewery rules

Virginia officials are seizing on discord in Maryland over how to regulate the growing number of breweries here by trying to entice brewers and entrepreneurs to move south.

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said he and his staff have contacted more than half a dozen Maryland breweries, pitching the commonwealth as more pro-business and pro-beer.

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A first look at Sandlot, the new outdoor restaurant — and more — from Spike Gjerde's group

Standing on a three-and-a-half-foot wooden deck still in the noisy process of construction this week, Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka — partners of Baltimore’s Foodshed restaurant group — stared out to the Inner Harbor, envisioning the colorful fireworks that will fill the sky later this summer.

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Former Hammerjacks building to be auctioned

The former location of Hammerjacks Nightclub and Bourbon Street Nightclub is headed to auction in June.

RWN Development Group plans to auction 316-18 Guilford Ave. in a 48-hour online live bid event that begins June 6.

The 24,254-square-foot building in downtown Baltimore, near City Hall, was purchased for $4 million in 2006 and for $1 million in 2015.

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Earth Treks to open climbing gym at Union Collective

An indoor climbing gym is the first tenant named for Union Collective, the Medfield warehouse Union Craft Brewing is converting to a space for its brewery and other businesses.

Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness will open a 20,000 square foot gym at Union Collective in 2018.

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Fruits, seaweed help create warm-weather beers for local breweries

Pineapple, papaya, guava, Meyer lemon, even dry seaweed — all of these ingredients are being used by local craft breweries to create new spring and summer beers.

But no need to be intimidated, these companies have attempted to strike a balance that appeals to beer enthusiasts and novices alike. We caught up with four brands with new brews aiming to quench your thirst in the hot months.

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Preakness InfieldFest performances were more about the party than the music

When the Preakness established the InfieldFest in 2010 — as a response to it ending its infamous bring-your-own-alcohol policy a year earlier — it aimed to create a mini music festival.

Judging from this year's lineup, which featured country star Sam Hunt and the electronic dance music hit-maker Zedd as headliners, Preakness has achieved this, for better or worse.

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