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Guinness to release experimental beers in cans, partner with Diamondback brewing

Beer connoisseurs will have their first chance to take home experimental beers from Guinness’ Open Gate Brewery next month, as part of Maryland’s FeBREWary celebration of local craft beers.

Guinness Black IPA, which debuted in late 2017, will be available in cans beginning Feb. 1. Two weeks later, on Valentine’s Day, Guinness Crosslands Honey Ale, made with honey collected from the nearby Apex Bee Company, will also be available in cans. These are the first cans available from the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, which opened in Halethorpe last August; both beers have been available in the tap room previously.

In addition, a collaboration between Guinness and Baltimore-based Diamondback Brewing Company will begin on Feb. 20. The resulting beer, Dark Czech Pilsner, will be available after St. Patrick’s Day.

“We are excited to kick off our inaugural celebration of FeBREWary, an initiative that aligns so well with why we built this brewery in the first place: to celebrate American beer innovation,” Oliver Gray, marketing manager for Open Gate Brewery, said in a press release. “Part of our mission here in Maryland is to become a permanent fixture of Baltimore culture and welcome beer lovers from around the world with the unmatched Irish hospitality that Guinness is known for.”

As part of the celebration, Guinness is partnering with several area hotels to offer packages aimed at beer lovers, to include tastings, specially engraved glasses and other enticements.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House is located at 5001 Washington Blvd. Information: guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com.

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