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First Microbrewery to Open Soon in Crisfield

 CRISFIELD, Md.- A new attraction for beer lovers is coming to Somerset County.

David and Carolyn Marquis, who own the Blue Crab Garden Café on the corner of West Main and Eighth streets, will soon open The Chesapeake Brewing Company next door. It will be the first microbrewery in Somerset County, according Robert Murphey, of the county's Board of Liquor License Commission.

David and Carolyn Marquis spent the afternoon exchanging ideas about a few final touches to their crab shanty-themed tasting room.

It is a surreal feeling for the couple who said the business will be a great addition to their restaurant next door.

 "It feels great. We were looking for some niche that was missing in this area to get people to come here from Salisbury, Pocomoke, and other areas to come try local craft beer,” Marquis said.

The Marquis spent the last two years working with the county to change a law that prohibits microbreweries in Somerset County. All that work paid off this spring when Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley passed legislation that gave the green light for a license. The law took affect July first.
 "If it hadn't been for a lot of the locals helping us out, this wouldn't have ever happened,” Mrs. Marquis said.

The microbrewery seats about 30 people. Customers will get to try eight local craft beers and four of the brewing company's very own.

"The four ones we'll be brewing is Tangier Red Seas, which is an American Red Ale, Soul of a Waterman, Marsh Mud Stout, and Crab Shanty, a pale ale.

Alan Goldsborough is the man behind the tasting room’s crab shanty theme. He built the room out of wood from shanties and other structures that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

"The crabbing industry has been here for a long time. It's our heritage and we're trying to preserve some of it," Goldsborough said.

The Maryland State Comptroller’s Office conducted an inspection this afternoon.

Marquis said samples will be available Labor Day weekend. The Chesapeake Brewing Company will officially open September 27th , the same say as Dock Day on The Bay in Crisfield.

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