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Microbreweries and the New Class 8 Farm Brewery License

Mayhah Suri

Microbreweries and craft beers are a growing trend nationwide. In order to encourage more development in this growing industry, the state of Maryland has created a few new liquor licenses that make small-scale brewing easier.

One of these is the Class 8 Farm Brewery License. This license is just for farmers and is especially useful because it allows for on-site consumption of the beer, not just sale. Any farmer with a Class 8 farm brewery license may also sell and deliver beer from the farm brewery to a wholesale company or directly to an individual consumer. The license has an annual fee of $200 and the license application can be found online here. In addition to the requirements of this license, you will also need to comply with Federal regulations, and perhaps additional county or district laws depending on where the brewery will be located.

The publication can be viewed at Microbreweries and the New Class 8 Farm Brewery License.

For more information on brewing beer in Maryland, please see the Brewers' Association of Maryland's website or contact the Association at or 410-252-9463.

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