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On-Farm Breweries Are a Growing Agritourism Area, But Keep In Mind Legal Requirements

Mayhah R. Suri

Recently, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to allow for the development of on-farm breweries.  This area of the law (at least in Maryland) is still new and developing as it relates to breweries.  For those considering developing an on-farm brewery, a fact sheet, Microbreweries and the New Class 8 Farm Brewery Licensewas developed by Mayhah R. Suri.

Mayhah has recently completed a video series walking those considering an on-farm brewery through the legal requirements.  In this two-part video, ALEI’s Mayhah R Suri explains the Maryland Farm Microbrewery Law. This first half of the video explains the various levels of governance of alcohol laws in the United States and how they impact farmers planning to open a farm brewery. The video provides basic definitions and an introduction to the Class 8 license.

In the second part of this video, learn more in-depth about how to actually apply for the license, the details of the permit, related rules such as storage and food service, and cidery laws. This half of the video also provides a list of additional resources farmers can look up for more information about starting a farm brewery, including how to navigate federal websites and the ALEI factsheet on the farm brewery law. 

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