Back in January, Guinness had plans to open a brewery in Baltimore County, a development that the county forecasts will bring 300,000 tourists a year and 70 jobs. There's one thing in the way of it happening though: Maryland's law restricting the number of barrels a brewery can sell on-site to 500. Guinness expects to sell way more, so our genius elected officials in the House of Delegates got to work and passed a bill, HB1283, that increases on-site consumption to 2,000 barrels. But the law also restricts taproom hours and contract brewing, which would be two huge blows to local craft brewers such as Union, Peabody Heights, and Heavy Seas. Brewers are hoping the Maryland Senate will add amendments to HB1283 to eliminate some of these restrictions, and let's hope they do, because this is an obvious fuck-up that needs correcting.