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Baltimore Brewery News

Baltimore’s beer scene is growing even bigger this year with the openings of Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House and Union Collective.

For the first time since 1954, Guinness is opening a brewery on American soil about 10 miles from downtown Baltimore, on the site of the historic Calvert Distillery that opened in 1933. The new experience is modeled after the existing Guinness experience in Dublin, Ireland. Visitors will be able to tour the brewery, taste the full range of Guinness beers – including new brewery-only releases – and learn about the Guinness story and brewing processes. There will also be a restaurant with outdoor seating and space for food trucks and live entertainment. Guinness has already opened a Test Taproom for visitors to taste some experimental beers, learn more about the plans for the brewery and meet the team until the full brewery opens in August.

One of Baltimore’s biggest craft breweries, Union Craft Brewery has expanded to a new space less than a mile from its founding location in Hampden. Union Collective includes a new 50,500-square-foot brewery with an outdoor beer garden, plus space for eight independently owned, growing, Baltimore-based businesses such as The Charmery, Baltimore Whiskey Co., Huckle’s sauces, Vent Coffee and Earth Treks. The new brewery will triple Union’s production abilities, allowing the brewery to experiment with new types of beer and to devote an entire section of its offerings on tap to barrel-aged and sour beers.

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