Baltimore County News
Diageo today announced its intention to build a US version of Dublin’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery in southwest Baltimore County. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and a Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the company’s Relay site. This new brewing capability and consumer experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring the company’s investment in Relay to approximately $50 million and create up to 70 new jobs.
“Beer tourism is about to boom in Baltimore County. We are thrilled that Diageo is reviving an historic building with the iconic Guinness brand. This will be a world-class tourist destination that will bring new jobs and become the perfect complement to our Maryland craft breweries,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The new brewery would be a home for new Guinness beers created for the US market. Visitors would be able to tour the working brewery, sample experimental beers brewed on-site at the taproom, and purchase Guinness merchandise at the retail store.
“The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin is a popular new addition to St. James’s Gate brewery and the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations,” stated Tom Day, President, Diageo Beer Company USA. “We want to leverage our 250 years of brewing heritage and bring the success and excitement of the Guinness visitor experience in Ireland to Baltimore County. We believe a replication of the Open Gate Brewery in Relay will benefit residents and our industry partners, including beer distributors and on- and off-premise retailers, as well as increase overall tourism for the region.”
The project would re-establish a Guinness brewery in the US after 63 years of absence. The new brewery and visitor experience would become part of Diageo’s production facility in Relay, site of the historic Calvert Distillery which opened in 1933.
Relay was chosen as the preferred location for this project for the site’s proximity to major East Coast tourist and population hubs, availability of skilled employees, and space to build and adapt existing structures on the property.
Up to 70 new jobs expected
While specifics are still being evaluated, it is estimated that the project could generate approximately 40 jobs in brewing, warehousing and an agile packaging operation, which may include canning, bottling and kegging. The Guinness visitor experience could create approximately additional 30 jobs. A significant number of construction jobs would also be created during the building phase, and the company would endeavor to hire as many local firms as possible to conduct this work.
Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council whose district encompasses the Relay site, stated, “More than just a brewery, this is a significant investment in our community that represents a new direction for the historic Relay facility. This will be a strong boost for tourism, not only in the county, but the entire region.”
“This will be an exciting addition to Baltimore County’s vibrant tourism scene. Visitors will discover an authentic taproom experience in a unique, historic building,” said Hal Ashman, chair of the Baltimore County Tourism Advisory Council.
Diageo hopes to receive approvals and to begin construction this spring with the goal of opening the brewery in fall 2017 to mark the 200th anniversary of Guinness being first imported into the US.
The iconic Guinness Stouts will continue to be brewed at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness brand was established in 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.
By Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Last year, BCPS used Stakeholder Survey data to guide school improvement, identify staff training areas, improve office safety, and help staff work better together. Your responses can help us improve even more! We want to hear from students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff.
Available online through March 3, the survey is anonymous and takes five minutes or less on a phone, tablet, or computer. New this year, the survey is available for students, parents, and community members in 16 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Gujarati, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.
In addition to your role as a community member, if you are a parent or staff member, you are encouraged to take the survey more than once to reflect those different roles.
I want to hear from our whole community. Please take the survey by March 3, and encourage others to share their voices!
The County Executive’s statement is below:
“Like many of us, the issue of immigration has personal connections. In 1906, my grandfather arrived in this country at the age of eighteen aboard the German vessel Rheine. His name was David Kamenetz. Although he emigrated from Zagar, Russia, escaping czarist persecution, he bore the name of his forefathers’ town of Kamenetz-Podolsk, once part of Russia but now a city of 100,000 in the western Ukraine.
Grandpa settled in Jewish Baltimore and became a tailor. As a ‘greenhorn,’ he married an American woman, but never became a citizen. He lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, operated Kay’s Tailors in Hamilton. He paid his taxes and obeyed the laws. He practiced his religion, raised his family, and educated his four children. Grandpa loved this country as the greatest place on earth.
When Grandpa first arrived, he went through Ellis Island, where he could see Lady Liberty welcoming him. The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’ I would not be here today had the United States of America not lifted her lamp beside that golden door for my family. This past weekend, Lady Liberty wept.
President Trump’s executive order imposing a Muslim ban is an affront to the very values that make us proud to be Americans. Our Founding Fathers were united in the belief that America’s pluralism would be its north star. In his seminal work, 'Common Sense,' Thomas Paine wrote that this place called America would be a refuge for the ‘persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty.’
For nearly two hundred and fifty years, generations of immigrants have arrived on our shores and built the strongest nation in the world. Every family has a David Kamenetz. This is our story. This is who we are and what we must remain.”