Maryland Class 5 Brewery Sales Altered in House Approved Legislation

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Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1283 seeks to makes the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site or at a brewery promotional event, must be fermented and brewed entirely at the brewery and under the trade name of the license holder; a brewery may serve, at no charge, samples of beer consisting of a total of not more than 18 ounces of beer per day. This limit also applies to samples at a brewery promotional event; a local licensing board may grant an on-site consumption permit to a brewery, but is not required to do so; a brewery may sell 2,000 barrels of its beer each year for on-premises consumption, instead of the current 500 barrels; a license holder may also apply to the Comptroller to request permission to sell up to 1,000 additional barrels under specified circumstances; and a holder of a Class 5 brewery license and an appropriate permit or license for on-premises consumption may only exercise the sales and serving privileges from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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