NEWS IN BRIEF
New legislation propels state’s brewing industry
Maryland breweries, starting July 1, can sell their beer to visitors who come for tours. A bill passed by the General Assembly in the waning days of its recently ended session authorizes breweries to obtain on-site consumption permits from local liquor boards. Customers will be allowed to buy pints of beer to drink at the breweries or to take home a growler (32- and 64-ounce containers used to hold beer).
Other new brewery-related legislation, effective July 1, from the 2013 session:
- Micro-breweries (brew-pubs) can agree to produce beer for farm breweries. Up to now, farm breweries could only contract with a production brewery to make their beer.
- Micro-breweries (brew-pubs) can apply for a Limited Beer Wholesaler license to self-distribute up to 3,000 barrels of their own beer to retail outlets.
- Production breweries can fill and sell re-fillable containers, growlers, to visitors at their breweries, allowing visitors to consume the beer in their growlers at home.
- Micro-breweries can apply for a Manufacturing license in Caroline County. Caroline had been one of six counties that do not issue such a license to micro-breweries.
|The Brewers Association of Maryland includes these examples of types of brewery manufacturers:
Production brewery (Class 5): Union Craft Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Heavy Seas Beer
Micro-brewery (Class 7): The Brewer’s Art, Evolution Craft Brewing Co.
Farm brewery (Class 8): Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm
W. Md. wine trail offers history, outdoor recreation
Maryland now has six wine trails. An April 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring (Washington County) launched Western Maryland’s Antietam Highlands Wine Trail. The trail opens with four wineries: Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Orchid Cellar Winery, Red Heifer Winery and Knob Hall. Three more wineries are expected to open along the trail, according to the Maryland Wineries Association.
- Distillery Lane, located on 95 acres near Burkittsville (Frederick County), is Maryland’s first-licensed cidery. It uses apples, not grapes, to make hard cider. Distillery Lane’s orchard has more than 3,000 trees. During the Battle of Crampton’s Gap in the Civil War, the farmhouse here was an encampment for Union soldiers.
- Knob Hall’s heritage goes back 200 years – when a German-immigrant family of four brothers moved from outside Lancaster, Pa., to Maryland’s Cumberland Valley. A 30-acre vineyard here provides grapes for a selection of estate wines. Tastings are held every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Orchid Cellar, in Middletown (Frederick County), produces meads and merlots. Mead is a honey-based alcoholic beverage. Unlike honey wine, mead has a more intense, complex flavor. The winery is situated in a valley between the Catoctin Mountains and South Mountain.
The Antietam trail is named for Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg – site of the pivotal 1862 Civil War battle that turned into the bloodiest one-day conflict on American soil. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of fighting.
- Red Heifer, in Smithsburg (Washington County), occupies 20 acres of a 100-acre, family-owned farm. The grapes grown here benefit from the 1,500-foot elevation of a sloping hillside. Cunningham Falls State Park, Pen Mar Park and the Appalachian Trail are all near the winery.
Write a six-word story about a museum experience
Visit Baltimore and the city’s cultural community are celebrating Baltimore Museum Week, May 19-24, as a way to showcase the local cultural landscape to the 6,000 museum professionals from 64 countries who will attend the American Alliance of Museum (AAM)’s annual conference and trade show, May 19-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The city plans to present thousands of submitted six-word stories – that respond to the question “What is your most unforgettable museum experience?” – in an interactive exhibit at the convention center. Museum Week officials say the exhibit will tie into AAM’s conference theme: “The Power of Story.”
Baltimore Museum Week’s public programs committee has borrowed the six-word story concept from an incident involving Ernest Hemingway. The writer answered a challenge that required him to write a story in just six words. His story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
The committee is accepting six-word museum story submissions online. Prospective volunteers may also register online and attend the conference at no charge.
1812 conference offers look at Md.’s role during war
The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command jointly stage a War of 1812 bicentennial conference at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, June 12 to June 15, titled From Enemies to Allies: An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath.
Papers will be presented illuminating the significance of the war and the changes that resulted in domestic and international affairs for the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. Four panels of presenters will have a Maryland focus: “Privateers,” “The Enslaved Chesapeake,” “African-American Combatants” and “Chesapeake Victims.”
Conference registration includes a reception and tour of Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812, a new exhibit at the Naval Academy. Pre-conference tours of sites linked to Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 are available on June 12. Register for the conference online. For more information, call or e-mail Kathi Ash, 410-767-6341.
Sailboat show expects heavy turnout in Annapolis
Nearly 80 sailboats will be on display at the second annual Annapolis Sailboat Show, April 26-28 in the town’s harbor by City Dock. The vessels include catamarans, mono-hulls, day sailors, inflatables and a large motor-sailor. About 100 maritime exhibitors will also line the dock.
"Last year's show welcomed visitors from more than 30 states and around the globe," said Paul Jacobs, general manager of U.S. Yacht Shows (presenter of the Annapolis show), in a recent news release. "We are expecting as diverse a representation again this year, but in increasing numbers."
U.S. Yacht Shows has two long-running Annapolis boat shows in the fall: U.S. Sailboat Show (since 1970), the U.S. Powerboat Show (since 1972). Its Bay Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville – also held in April – began in 1982.
Oakland festival recalls when the Civil War came to town
On Sunday, April 26, 1863, about 700 Confederate troops entered Oakland, a Western Maryland town (population 300) where 60 Union troops were based to protect the B&O Railroad line. The Confederates arrived, and without resistance, carried out Gen. Robert E. Lee’s order to burn the railroad bridge that crossed the Youghiogheny River in town. They released the Union soldiers after detaining them and then left town. No shots were fired. Now, 150 years later, the Garrett County town commemorates its link to the Civil War during Oakland Civil War Days, April 25-28. The four-day tribute includes re-enactments, musical and theatrical performances, book-signings and an array of other festive events.
Arts Council’s strategic-planning sessions wrap up
The Maryland State Arts Council has two more public forums this month, where open discussion will consider how the Arts Council can best serve art communities across the state and update its current five-year plan. Registration is available by clicking on the name of the region. The meetings are the last in a series of six forums.
Learn how to entice international tourism
Capital Region USA (CRUSA) – in conjunction with the Maryland Office of Tourism and Visit Baltimore – presents a seminar, Monday, May 20, which shows hoteliers how to tap into the international market. The seminar runs 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Visit Baltimore’s office, 100 Light St. (12th floor) near the city’s Inner Harbor. Registration is free, but space is limited. Speakers and topics include: Julie Katz, managing director, Tour Mappers – Working with an FIT (Frequent Independent Program); Kolja Kassner Sr., vice-president, CANUSA Touristik (Germany) – How overseas tour operators drive business to a destination; and Andrea Evans, account director, Miles Partnership (formerly Miles Media) – Reaching consumers through online channels.
Apply for funding with recreational trail projects
Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is now accepting applications for Recreational Trail Program funding for fiscal 2014. Applications must be submitted by July 1. Funding awards will be announced in the fall. The program encourages projects that develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational-trail uses. Priority projects will enhance Maryland’s existing trail network, create connections between communities and natural or cultural areas, and promote tourism-related areas (i.e., Scenic Byways, Heritage Areas, Canal Towns, Main Streets and water trails). Submit applications online to Terry Maxwell at the SHA.