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Guinness brewery in Halethorpe releases beer with local barley and hops

The Guinness brewery in Halethorpe has released a limited edition beer made with hops and malt from Maryland.
The Guinness brewery in Halethorpe has released a limited edition beer made with hops and malt from Maryland. (Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House)

Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Halethorpe has added a taste of Maryland to its newest beer.

The Guinness Crosslands Pale Ale, available at the brewery’s test taproom starting Friday, incorporates malt and hops from Howard County’s Dark Cloud Malthouse and Baltimore County’s Black Locust Hops, respectively. Dark Cloud Malthouse in Cooksville grew and malted barley for the beer, and Freeland-based Black Locust provided Cascade hops.

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The name is a nod to the Crossland family crest, which constitutes the red and white portion of the Maryland flag.

There are only a few kegs available of the beer, but the brewery plans to keep at least one rotating beer on tap that includes Maryland ingredients, Peter Wiens, brewmaster for Guinness’ Halethorpe brewery, said in a statement.

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(Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House)

The Guinness brewery is located at 5001 Washington Blvd. Its test taproom is open 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The full brewery is expected to open to the public later this year.

From a nanobrewery inside a Mount Vernon bar to a much larger operation from Guinness, Maryland will see new breweries open throughout the state in 2018.

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