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Maryland Reform on Tap Dies in Committee

Failing to clear committee, The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) sought to provide for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits …More

Brewers Association

MD Sales Limitation Proposal Fails to Advance

Withdrawn from consideration, H.B. 1052 sought, among a variety of provisions, to reduce the number of barrels a Class 5 brewery could sell for on-site consumption from 2,000 to 500 (although this restriction would not …More

Brewers Association

Maryland Beer Promotion Passes Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 956 establishes the Maryland Beer and Brewery Promotion Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible applicants designed to promote Maryland beer, assist Maryland breweries, and educate the public about brewing …More

Brewers Association

MD Sales Licensing and Hours Bill Intro’d

S.B.1044/H.B.1176 seek to authorize a Class 5 brewery to sell and sample its own beer without obtaining a Class D or equivalent license from a local licensing board and establish hours of sale for such …More

Brewers Association

Self-Distribution Bill Introduced in MD

H.B. 1015/S.B. 839 would raise the barrel cap to 300,000 for breweries eligible to hold a limited beer wholesalers license and repeal the limitation on the number of barrels eligible for self-distribution.

Brewers Association

Maryland Franchise Changes Proposed

Senate Bill 1043 seeks to exempt from franchise law brewers under 300,000 barrels annual production and provides for a fifteen day termination notification process.

Brewers Association

Maryland Reform on Tap Act Introduced

The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) provides for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits on production of beer; no tour …More

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