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Diageo investment in historic Relay facility to boost beer tourism

The new Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Baltimore County moved another step closer to serving its first brew. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County has unanimously approved an on-premise consumption permit for the new taproom in Relay in southwest Baltimore County.

“We are thrilled to support Diageo as they revive an historic Baltimore County building with the iconic Guinness brand. This approval is a key next step in creating a world-class tourist destination that will bring new investment, new jobs, and an exciting brew experience,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The new Guinness brewing capability and visitor experience, combined with a packaging and warehousing operation, would bring Diageo’s investment in Relay to approximately $50 million and create up to 70 new jobs.

“Diageo, the company that owns the Guinness brand, brought a well thought-out plan to the liquor board. The board enthusiastically voted to approve a permit for the new Guinness taproom,” said Charles Klein, chair of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County.

The on-premise consumption permit for a Class 5 brewery was modified during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session to provide Maryland breweries additional capacity to sell beer that is brewed on-site at their taprooms.

“We’re delighted the County liquor board has granted the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House approval for our tavern license. We are also appreciative for the spirit of partnership that Baltimore County government, the County Executive and the County Council have extended to us. We are excited to open up our brewery next year to visitors and be a part of something that will help strengthen Maryland tourism, the local brewing community and boost economic growth,” said Dwayne Kratt, Diageo’s Senior Director of Government Relations Northeast.

The project would re-establish a Guinness brewery in the United States after 63 years of absence. 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. 

"Here's to our growing beer trail," added Kamenetz.  

An opening date for the project has not been announced. 

by Charlie Dyjak, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

August is right around the corner, bringing with it autumn. To most people this would spur thoughts of brisk nights, fresh apple cider, and the changing leaves making entire forests look like a bowl of Apple Jacks. Families look forward to weekends filled with hay rides and getting lost in corn mazes.

Fall means something entirely different to college football fans.

Fall is prepping to see how your team compares to your rivals in the pre-season and smack talking the members of your fantasy league. Most important, it is perfecting your buffalo dip for the upcoming tailgates and games.

Team Spirit

For Maryland fans, we have three well known and respected college teams to root for, the UMD Terps, the Towson Tigers and the Stevenson Mustangs.

Here’s a quick rundown to help even the rookie fan sound like a long-time follower of our hometown teams. 

Fear the Turtle

The Terps did not have the best 2016 season, falling just below .500 with a 6-7 season, led by new head coach DJ Durkin in his first year as a head coach. The Terps lost three players to the NFL draft, Levern Jacobs to the Redskins, Alvin Hill to the Browns and Will Likely III to the Patriots. Likely was one of the Terps star players and left some big shoes to fill on the field. Durkin signed a recruiting class that is ranked in the top 20 recruiting classes for the year, with 28 new recruits. Maryland will face a daunting schedule next year with Big 10 games against Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan, all teams that are currently ranked in the preseason top 10. The Terps open up against a familiar face, the Towson Tigers.

Go Tigers!

The Tigers went 4-7 in their 2016 season. But that is history. The Tigers recruited 27 new players for this season. Lyndon Johnson, former runback and recruiting coach, has been named the Tigers defensive coordinator.

The 2017 schedule includes three out-of-conference games, the most notable against Maryland. Towson is coming in as the underdog in this fight. A win here could define the rest of the season for both teams.


It’s a Good Day to be a Mustang

The Stevenson Mustangs had the best 2016 season of the three hometown teams, finishing with a 9-2 record. Wesley took them out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but Stevenson’s program hit a historic milestone last season when star safety Austin Tennessee was invited to the Vikings mini-camp, becoming the first Stevenson player to reach the NFL. This achievement will help bring in better recruits in the coming years. After getting a taste of the NCAA Tournament, the Mustangs will come out with a chip on their shoulder this season and hope to make it well past the first round. 

And then there’s “UNDEFEATED”

The UMBC Retrievers are still going undefeated! OK, you can’t lose if you don’t have an intercollegiate football team. But the Retrievers excel at basketball, carrying a strong 21-13 record in 2016. This impressive record led them to the CIT semi-finals last year. Retrievers’ fans, hang in there. Basketball season is coming soon.


Marylanders have great home town teams to root for. Get into the team spirit. Go Terps-Tigers-Mustangs-Retrievers!

If great college sports aren't enough to fill your weekends, you can find more places to visit and experiences to enjoy at .

Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials August 4 to 19

Organizers of Baltimore County Restaurant Week—the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce—are pleased to announce its 14th bi-annual promotion beginning on Friday, August 4. Joining Sysco this summer as sponsors are and Bond Distributing Co.

Participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and/or dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

As restaurants register, the list will be posted on

Social media partners for the promotion include Downtown Diane, CITYPEEK, and The Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Revised September 26, 2016