Maryland kicks off FeBREWary
Governor Larry Hogan has officially announced the celebration of Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month. The kickoff, which was held last week, is the first of several across Maryland that will host special brew-themed events, launch new beers, and offer unique culinary pairings. FeBREWary is held annually as a partnership between the Brewers Association of Maryland and the Maryland Office of Tourism, a division of the Maryland Department of Commerce.
“Pint by pint, craft beers continue to benefit Maryland through economic impact and vitality,” said Governor Hogan. “In 2016, Maryland craft brewers generated more than $637 million in economic output and supported more than 6,500 jobs. FeBREWary is a way for us to raise a glass to Maryland brewers by celebrating this growing industry and encouraging visitors and residents alike to experience the breweries, ale houses, and brew pubs across the state.”
Beer lovers can get their fill at multiple events during the month-long celebration. On February 16, the Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase competition offers a chance to chat with beer experts while enjoying seasonal ales at the Silver Spring Civic Center. On February 24, the Chesapeake Brewing Company in Annapolis holds the Cupid’s Curse Tap Takeover and Ocean City has the Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap.
Those looking to hit the road in search for a new brew can find a complete map of Maryland’s breweries, from the 1812 Brewery in Cumberland, to the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Halethorpe, to Ruddy Duck Brewery in Solomons.
Visitors are encouraged to share their FeBREWary experiences on social media using the hashtag #MDfeBREWary.