Brewer's Association of Maryland (BAM) April 2012 (4/23/2012 7:28:30 PM)
Greetings from the Brewer's Association of Maryland!
April, 2012 we'll discuss:
- Maryland unanimously passes legislation for establishment of Farm Breweries
- Maryland Craft Beer Festival tickets now on sale
- BAM announces new Executive Director, J.T. Smith
- Maryland Beer featured on NPR's 'All Things Considered'
Maryland House and Senate VOTE UNANIMOUSLY to ESTABLISH FARM BREWERIES
The State of Maryland has unanimously passed legislation that will establish 'Farm Breweries' under a new beer manufacturing license (class 8). Farm Breweries, by definition will feature home-grown barley, hops, and/or fruits in their beer, as well, be free to sell that beer for both on and off premise consumption. We at BAM certainly look forward to enjoying a home-grown pint on the farm soon. The legislation was endorsed and heavily supported by the Brewer's Association of Maryland through organizing support, gaining sponsorship, and testifying to committee.
BAM Executive Director, J.T. Smith offered his support to the Senate through testimony stating, 'beyond the direct support of craft beer in Maryland, this bill explicitly and unequivocally supports Maryland agricultural. This bill adds direct value to a farmerʼs land. Whether a farmer in the state chooses to brew beer or not, this bill creates an additional value to their land- in its natural state, helping to protect and support our farming community. '
The Governor will sign the bill in May authorizing by law the establishment of the 'Class 8' - Farm Brewery,' with brewery openings slated immediately after the enactment date of July 1, 2012.
Representatives from the newly established Farm Breweries will be on-hand at Maryland Craft Beer Festival on Sat, May 12th discussing their farms. Brewer's Alley of Frederick will be sampling a beer brewed from locally grown and malted barley from Amber Fields Malting and Brewing Co., in Keymar, MD, one of the new Class 8 Farm Breweries.
BAM would like to thank these Maryland state representatives for their support of Maryland Craft Beer:
|Sen. Glassman||Sen. Brinkley||Sen. Young||Sen. Colborn||Sen. Jacobs||Sen. Kelley||Sen. Middleton||Sen. Montgomery|
|Sen. Robey||Sen. Rosapepe||Sen. Dyson||Sen. Jennings||Sen. Pinksy||Del. Hogan||Del. Stifler||Del. Barkley|
|Del Schulz||Del. Hershey||Del. Hucker||Del. Impallaria||Del. Jameson||Del. Love||Del. Olszewski|BREWER’S ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND presents MARYLAND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Buy your tickets NOW for The Maryland Craft Beer Festival on Sat, 5.12. Produced by the brewers of Maryland, this festival brings together craft beer from across the state in a celebration of the Maryland beer community. For a full list of attending breweries and the unique beer available, please visit the official festival website (link above)!
The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is for, by, and in direct support of Maryland craft beer. The festival highlights include an on-site brewing demonstration of a Brewer’s Association of Maryland Collaboration beer featuring Heavy Seas Beer and Barley and Hops, rare bottles and kegs, one of a kind casks, VIP gifts, all in a family-friendly environment with live music, kids’ activities, exhibitors, and fresh, local foods.
Like the Maryland Craft Beer Festival on Facebook --- And stay tuned to the Brewer's Association of Maryland Facebook page for breaking news and FREE TICKETS starting tomorrow, April 24!
BAM announces new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, J.T. SMITH
The Brewer's Association of Maryland is proud to announce the hiring of the association's new Executive Director, Mr. J.T. Smith. Mr. Smith is a native of Maryland and has a lengthy resume in the craft beer world from craft brewery sales and marketing director to home brewer, and will proudly continue his avid enthusiasm as a craft beer advocate in his new position. J.T. is currently continuing his education to gain a juris doctorate in law and a masters in business administration to further his professional focus on the representation and advocacy of American craft beer.
He would like to extend the invitation to the entire craft beer community to join him at the upcoming Maryland Craft Beer Festival to meet in person and enjoy a world-class Maryland craft beer while discussing plans to further the cause of craft beer in Maryland.
Follow BAM Executive Director, J.T. Smith on twitter: @CraftBeerJT
Maryland Beer highlighted on NPR's 'ALL THINGS CONSIDERED'
The most listened-to news radio program in the country, NPR's 'All Things Considered,' highlighted Maryland craft beer on Saturday, April 21st during a piece entitled, 'Made in the USA: An Export Boom.' Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick) was cited, along with brewery CEO Jim Caruso quoted as a producer of American-made goods performing successfully in the global marketplace. Click the link above to listen to the segment.
ABOUT BREWER’S ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND
The Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM) is the non-profit trade association of Maryland breweries and brewpubs, founded in 1996. The mission of BAM is to foster and promote Maryland craft beer and the community associated with it.
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