The Greater Baltimore region has a thirst that seemingly can’t be quenched when it comes to craft beer.
Fewer than a dozen breweries operated in the entire state 10 years ago. Now, more than 70 are open, with approximately a third of those located in Greater Baltimore. In 2016, The Brewer’s Association named Baltimore/Washington D.C. as one of the top five fastest-growing markets in the country for craft beer sales.
“The industry has just exploded around here. It’s unbelievable,” says Randy Marriner, president and CEO of Manor Hill Brewing in Ellicott City as well as the craft beer-focused Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia. “We started making production beer in June 2015, and now we’re in distribution in about 1,000 locations, which is crazy. I can’t make enough beer to meet the demand.”