What is Maryland Spirits Month?
November 2019 marks the 2nd Annual Maryland Spirits Month–a statewide celebration of Maryland’s distilling and spirits industry. Maryland Spirits Month highlights the local businesses throughout the Free State that produce delightful and innovative distilled spirits. Whether your palate prefers the spice of rye whiskey or the sweet hints of rum, members of the Maryland Distillers Guild produce spirits for you!
Maryland, the Free State
One of the monikers given to Maryland is a nod to the state’s historical roots. According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, “the name “Free State” was given in 1919, when Congress passed a law prohibiting the sale and use of alcohol. Marylanders opposed prohibition because they believed it violated their state’s rights.”
Who are the Maryland Distilleries?
Maryland’s distilling industry consists of 28* independent, local businesses that employ staff from and rely on raw materials grown in the state. Located throughout the state there’s a distillery near you! View our member distilleries in this list or on this map.
(* includes distilleries in-planning and non-member distilleries)
How Can I Support Maryland Distilleries?
Throughout the year, you can support the state’s distilling industry by visiting your local distillery for a day of tasting and to buy spirits directly from the producers. You can get your favorite local retailers to support the industry by asking them to carry your favorite Maryland-made spirits.
During Maryland Spirits Month, you can directly support Maryland’s distilleries by attending PROOF in Silver Spring or attending any of the events below: