Glendening reviews microbreweries limit

Maryland Watch

June 05, 1996

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is considering changes to a law that limits the size of microbreweries and that brewpub owners say is driving them away.

Glendening told an aide last week to study possible changes to the 1937 law that restricts how much beer microbrewers in Maryland can sell, Mike McKelvin, a Glendening spokesman, said yesterday.

A bill containing the changes could be ready by the 1997 legislative session, McKelvin said.

The law, enacted in the wake of Prohibition and modified in 1988, bars Maryland pub owners from brewing more than 10,000 barrels of beer annually without shutting down the restaurant and becoming a wholesale brewer.

At the urging of Annapolis brewpub owner Bill Muehlhauser, the governor assigned legislative adviser Steven Larsen to find a way to let Maryland microbrewers expand, McKelvin said.

Muehlhauser, owner of Fordham Brewing Co. in Annapolis, led an unsuccessful fight earlier this year to persuade state lawmakers to approve a bill that would let him keep his restaurant and build a separate brewery in Maryland.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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