The Farm-to-Brewery movement in Maryland was sparked by a bill passed by the state legislature a few years ago. That bill created a new license -- known as the Class 8 Farm Brewery License -- which allows farms that grow hops to produce their own beers. Not only could farmers produce their own beer, but the license allows them to sell the beer on premises, as well as to distributors or individual customers. However, farmers are limited to just 15,000 barrels per year (that's 1,840,000 pints of beer). The farmers must also use at least one ingredient grown on the farm, such as barley or hops, (the other ingredients do not have to necessarily come from the particular farm in question).
story of the owner's father about a mysterious stranger who lurked in the red shed in the yard. The father told the story to explain the source of mysterious sounds -- the bumps in the night -- to his frightened children.
Needless to say, the Red Shedman now refers to the Farm Brewery, whose buildings are all decked out in a solid barn-red color. The farm cultivates Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Nugget, and Crystal hops, It does so only on one-half acre of land, which is a small area compared to the 70 acres of grapes grown by Linganore Cellars, which is owned by the same family. Nevertheless, that half-acre of hops makes its way into the beer, such as the Pump House IPA.
help to pass the law that gave rise to the Class 8 Farm Brewery License. The owner then opened the Milkhouse Brewery, which was Maryland's first farm-to-brewery operation.
In the end, this little foray into the farm to beer movement was a great introduction to the types of beers that could be produced by farmers-turned-brewers. It also provides us with a new way to support local businesses. And there are more such local businesses to support, including Manor Hill Brewing, Ruhlman Brewing and even the Brookville Beer Farm, which will be opening close to where we live in the near future.
So, there will be more to come. Stay tuned!