What is Maryland Spirits Month?
November 2021 marks the 4th 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 expertly aged rye whiskey or the sweet hints of rum, members of the Maryland Distillers Guild produce spirits for you!
During this year’s Maryland Spirits Month celebration, consider purchasing a bottle of the first, limited-release Spirits of Collaboration Gin. This collaborative release from Gray Wolf Spirits and McClintock Distilling Company unites two exceptional distilleries and is the first release in a series of unique releases from our members.
Maryland, the Free State
One of Maryland’s most well-known nicknames is a nod to the state’s historical relationship with alcohol. 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 38* 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 on this list or on this map.
(* includes distilleries in-planning and non-member distilleries)
How Can I Support Maryland Distilleries?
To plan your local spirits journey, use our interactive map or download the NEW Maryland Craft Beverages App, powered by Grow & Fortify.
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 any of the events below: