The Independent Brewing Company of Bel Air won a gold medal recently at the World Beer Cup, according to the Brewers Association.
Another Bel Air bar, Looney’s Pub, was named the 2018 Favorite Bar or Tavern, according to the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
It was the first year Independent, which opened in October 2015, entered the competition, along with 8,233 other beers, and was the only Maryland brewery to win a medal, according to Harry O’Neill, CTO and one of the owners of Independent Brewing.
“For a little brewery in Bel Air, Maryland, it’s a big deal,” Phil Rhudy, another of Independent’s owners, said. “I feel really good about it, I’m proud of it. I’m a...