“The comptroller as well as others in the craft beer industry … complained vociferously, quite honestly, about what they thought were harmful effects that the passage of that legislation would do on their industry,” said Del. Dereck Davis, a Democrat representing Prince George’s County.
So he, along with Del. Talmadge Branch (a Democrat representing Baltimore), have co-sponsored a new bill.
“All House Bill 1052 does is repeal what we did last year. What they quite frankly told us was a negative,” said Davis.
Under the plan introduced this week, the annual limit on beer sales for on-site consumption at breweries would drop from 2,000 barrels a year back to 500. That was the limit before last year’s legislation was enacted.
But the bill carves out an exception for the Guinness brewery, which is expected to open later this year.
“We left the provisions in as it related to [Guinness owner] Diageo in Baltimore County, because they were the real reasons why we did the bill [last year]. It was a chance to do a huge economic development project in Baltimore County, and it started off as a local bill … but we didn’t think just Diageo should benefit, so we made it statewide,” Davis added.