Head of Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House Andrew Beebe talks during a press brief and tour at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Video by Jen Rynda / BSMG
In recent years, Maryland has seen plenty of breweries open as the thirst for craft beer continues to reach the masses.
That won’t change in 2018. Keep an eye on these beer companies planning to make their debuts later this year in the Free State:
Crooked Crab Brewing Company: This Odenton brewery is in the final stages of a build-out inside a warehouse building within the Telegraph Commerce Center. Beer is already in the tanks, and they plan to open on Feb. 17.
“There’s a really strong community [in Odenton] that we’d love to be a part of,” co-owner Dan Messeca said in July. “I don’t think we have ambitions to become a big nationwide brand. … If we can get distribution across the state, we’d be pretty thrilled.”
Suspended Brewing Company: Currently giving weekend tours, this Pigtown brewery has its city liquor board hearing on Feb. 8. If all goes well, it will announce a grand opening date for later that month. The space features exterior signage and tables made of reclaimed wood and constructed by the brewery’s neighbors.
Balt County Brewing: Like countless other new breweries, this Hunt Valley brewery hit a minor snag when the delivery of some of its equipment was delayed. Originally hoping to open by the end of February, it’s now eyeing St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) as opening day.
Checkerspot Brewing Company: Located near M&T Bank Stadium in South Baltimore, this brewery — led by Judy Neff, her husband, Rob Neff, and Steve Marsh, formerly of Heavy Seas Beer — plans to finally open by the end of April, after some delays. It’s been busy though, brewing collaborative beers with locals like Waverly Brewing Co. and Key Brewing Co.
Slate Farm Brewery: In Whiteford, less than a mile from the Pennsylvania line, a family farm producing hops, fruits and vegetables plans to open a brewery on March 16. The beers will be made with their own crops like strawberries, pumpkins and peppers.
Nepenthe Brewing Co.: The Woodberry homebrewing supply shop will expand and move to Hampden’s Falls Road (to the previous home of sports bar David’s 1st and 10) this summer. There’ll be a taproom, brewing facility and a kitchen. Don’t fret, homebrewers — they’ll still sell supplies so you can make your own. Construction should begin in a few weeks.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House: The makers of the world’s most famous stout chose Relay in Baltimore County as the location for its first U.S. brewing operation since the 1950s. On schedule to open this summer, the brewery will focus on other styles of Guinness, including its American blonde lager. While you wait for it to open, a nearby temporary taproom is open Thursday-Sunday.
Wet City: The Mount Vernon craft-beer bar is building its own on-site nanobrewery (even smaller than a microbrewery, it will use a two-barrel brewhouse — so expect limited quantities). They’re early in the process — construction and inspections are still in order — but hope to begin brewing in late spring and have their own beer on Wet City’s taps in the summer. 223 W. Chase St. 443-873-6699; wetcitybrewing.com.