CELEBRATE THE INAUGURAL MARYLAND SPIRITS MONTH THIS NOVEMBER
This November marks the inaugural Maryland Spirits Month, a celebration of Maryland’s diverse and innovative spirits and distilling industry. Kicking off on Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Maryland Distillers Guild has partnered with the Maryland Office of Tourism to recognize November as Maryland Spirits Month.
Once famously known for Maryland Rye whiskey and Eastern Shore-produced rums, Maryland is home to thirty distilleries producing hundreds of brands and styles of spirits. From grain to glass, many of the spirits made here tell the story of Maryland’s rich agricultural and distilling history.
“Maryland Spirits Month is not only about celebrating the resurgence of spirit production in our state,” says Jaime Windon, Founder of Lyon Distilling and President of the Maryland Distillers Guild, “but also about empowering our consumers.”
The distilling industry in Maryland has grown tremendously in recent years. Since 2013 the number of businesses producing spirits in the state has grown more than four hundred and twenty five percent, from 7 to 30 distilleries. A culture of craft cocktails and innovative spirits continues to captivate consumers and lead to growth in the industry in Maryland, and across the country.
A showcase of Maryland Distillers Guild members will happen at Proof, an inaugural event taking place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the College Park Aviation Museum on Friday, November 9, 2018. Attendees at this event can sample spirits and purchase cocktails while learning all the tips and tricks to delicious mixology. Bottle sales of spirits will be available for attendees to build their home bars and participating distilleries will compete for the evening’s best cocktail recipe.
Offering tours, tastings, retail sales, and an education for spirits consumers, Maryland’s distilleries are open for business and serve as destinations for spirits drinkers and enthusiasts from the entire mid-Atlantic region. Interested spirits tourists are encouraged to schedule a day trip to a distillery or an overnight visit to a historic Maryland city with more than one distillery.