"The town manager told me distilling was not something allowed in the business district, only in the industrial district," says Scott Jendrek, who aims to open Patapsco Distilling Co. in Sykesville this May to produce vodka, gin, limoncello, and nocino. "When I asked where the industrial district was he said, 'Well, we don't have one.'" And so Jendrek had to set about having the zoning laws changed to allow micro distilling as a conditional use. The town is now on board—even enthusiastic—about his plans and he hopes to get the final municipal seal of approval early next month, but it's been a real time suck. "I had aimed to be the second licensed distiller in the state and now I'm not even going to be the 10th," Jendrek says.