Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House opened its first U.S. brewery in 64 years in Baltimore County. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Guinness is offering area residents the chance to ring in 2019 five hours early, and with a new beer.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe will be celebrating the new year by introducing a special “mystery” beer as 2018 turns into 2019. But, as befits Guinness and its hometown, the new year they’ll be marking won’t be the one in Baltimore, but rather the one in Dublin.

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Guinness' only U.S. brewery opens in Baltimore County

Guinness on Friday opened its only brewery in the United States, in southwest Baltimore County.

Thus, Guinness’ new brew will be introduced at 7 p.m. our time on New Year’s Eve, which should give a happy bunch of Baltimoreans the chance to start their celebrating earlier and link at least fermented arms with their Irish counterparts, who are five hours ahead of us.

All those present for the unveiling will receive a free sample of the new brew, which will remain on tap until Guinness’ 9 p.m. closing time (that is, Baltimore time). No tickets necessary.

Guinness brewery in Baltimore County attracts nearly 10,000 visitors first weekend

The opening weekend of Guinness' first U.S. brewery in decades attracted nearly 10,000 people to Baltimore County's Relay.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House is located at 5001 Washington Blvd. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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