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Title: Guinness Secures Baltimore County Liquor License for New U.S. Brewery

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. 


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Revised September 11, 2017