Sunday night, we brought Maryland House Bill 4 to your attention. If passed, this bill will allow manufacturing breweries in Maryland, Flying Dog included, to sell beer by the glass at their onsite taprooms.
House Bill 4 (HB 4) was scheduled for a closed-door vote in the Economic Matters Committee this past Monday, but was delayed because of the overwhelming response from supporters, along with the submission of last-minute amendments.
As a result, the lead sponsor of the bill, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio of the Eastern Shore, has been working tirelessly in the name of Maryland craft beer. She deserves our thanks and admiration.
Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the glass. The passing of HB 4 would enable manufacturing breweries to grow their taproom experience, entertain more impromptu visits, increase tourism, and grow business across the state.
According to the Brewers Association of Maryland, as more people are able to visit craft breweries, sales of craft beer increase not only in those breweries, but also in other small businesses like local restaurants, pubs, and beer stores in the surrounding community.
If passed, HB 4 will be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and go into effect July 1, 2013.
We will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution and we couldn’t do it without you.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Flying Dog experience included the ability to buy a pint?
The Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters is voting TOMORROW, MONDAY MARCH 11, on House Bill 4 (HB 4), a bill that would allow Flying Dog to sell beer by the pint in our taproom as soon as July 1. Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the pint and this bill would allow all Maryland breweries to better connect with craft beer fans.
We need your help to make this happen.
Contact the following officials and your local delegates saying that you “support Maryland beer through HB 4 and and HB 231 with Amendments”:
- Economic Matters Chair Dereck E. Davis: email@example.com, 800-492-7122 ext. 3519
- Alcohol Subcommittee Chair Charles Barkley: firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-492-7122, etx. 3001
Now is the time to show your support for Maryland Beer. Contact your delegates today and tell them you support HB 4 and HB 231 with Amendments.
For a complete list of all legislation currently being proposed by the Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM), visit the BAM website.