What is Maryland Spirits Month?
November 2022 marks the 5th 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, take a minute to explore the Spirits Of Collaboration collection of spirits. The first product released in this series, Gin, Volume 1, was produced in collaboration between Gray Wolf Spirits and McClintock Distilling Company. This gin unites Eastern and Western Maryland distillers and the flavor profile of this gin is inspired by native flavors from throughout the state.
The second release in the series, Tamarind Honey Flavored Rum, Volume 1, pairs two rum producers, LYON RUM and Puerto Rico Distillery, together for an exploration of unique flavors. Flavored with tamarind and honey, this rum is produced with 100% American-grown cane sugar.
These limited-edition spirits are selling quickly at Maryland Distillers Guild events. Look for events where we’re offering them or check back soon for details about how to have them shipped directly to your door!
Maryland, the Free State
How did Maryland earn the nickname “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 44* independent, local businesses that employ Marylanders 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?
Throughout the year, you can support the state’s distilling industry by visiting your local distillery for a day of tasting and buying spirits directly from the producers.
To plan your local spirits journey, use our interactive map or download the free-to-use Maryland Craft Beverages App, powered by Grow & Fortify.
Looking for a convenient way to get Maryland-made spirits where you shop? You can get your favorite local retailers to support the industry by asking them to carry your favorite products from a Maryland distillery.
Celebrate With Maryland Spirits Month Events
The calendar below includes a great collection of Maryland Spirits Month events and promotions hosted by local distilleries. Add these events to your calendar and join the fun!
Maryland Spirits Month Assets
If you’re excited to share the details of Maryland Spirits Month, we’d appreciate it! Use the links below to download our digital assets for this year’s celebration.