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Maryland Bill Could Make State a Brewing Powerhouse

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- A hearing was held in the house Monday to discuss whether or not to raise the brewing limit for microbreweries in Maryland.

In Cambridge, the demand for craft beer from the newly opened Reale Revival brewery has kept the company busy over the past several months, according to owner Chris Brohawn.

"It's been amazing.  Cambridge has bent over backwards, and the only reason we've been successful is because of the locals and having that local support." said Brohawn.

They want to brew more beer.  The current state limit is 22,500 barrels of beer a year, a lofty goal for this first-year brewery.  But Brohawn is looking at the horizon.

"I like to say five-year plan yes, but not this year, I don't know anyone who will get close this year."

House Bill 774 would raise that limit to 60,000 barrels a day.  Adrian Moritz, owner of Eastern Shore Brewing in St. Michaels, said that while most brewers on the Eastern Shore are not near that mark now, it opens up future possibilities.

"With this industry that is growing so much, it just makes sense to decrease the regulations a little bit, increase the barrelage for these guys because that's going to mean more jobs and more tax revenue for the state," said Moritz.

His theory is that a higher barrelage will attract bigger brewers to the state, and retain breweries that grow past the current limit.

In 2013, a similar bill was introduced, but shot down after some lawmakers thought it was too much of a change too quickly.

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