Makers & Growers

Here you will find information about the creative and hardworking owners of wineries, breweries and distilleries across Maryland. You’ll also find farmers and makers who offer value-added dairy and milk products, honey, CBD infusions, and so much more.

Omnibibulous

October, 2019

Barreling Along At the ripe old age of 4, Baltimore Spirits is the oldest rye distillery in Maryland By Brennen Jensen The Baltimore Spirits Company has taken to billing itself as “the oldest rye distillery in Baltimore,” which makes me chuckle a bit. Not because this isn’t a true statement, it’s just that I’ve visited […]

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News from Grow & Fortify

September, 2019

HEAVY SEAS BEER EARNS TOP HONORS AT MARYLAND CRAFT BEER COMPETITION Pounder Pils named “Best in Show” in Brewers Association of Maryland 2019 compeittion Pounder Pils from Halethorpe’s Heavy Seas Beer was announced as the best beer of the 2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition. In front of a crowd of more than 300 craft beer […]

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Manor Hill Sparkles

August, 2019

Since its founding in 2015, Manor Hill Brewing has wowed Marylanders with its beers, made on Manor Hill Farm in Ellicott City. Now, the family-owned brewery is giving locals something else to cheer about: flavored sparkling water. In the case of Manor Hill’s canned sparkling waters, currently available in tangerine and lime flavors, necessity was […]

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A Hangover-Free Spirit

August, 2019

American Shochu Company owners, from left, Takatsugu (Taka) and Lynn Amano with their children, Taylor Skye Kiyomi and Gray Takayuki. Shochu is the most popular spirit in Japan, but when Taka Amano explains the drink to curious folks here, his first step is to say what it isn’t. First off, it’s not sake, Japan’s more-famous […]

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Distillery Lane Ciderworks Brings George Washington’s Apple Tree Back to Life

August, 2019

by Brennen Jensen Distillery Lane co-owner Rob Miller and his dog, Kingston, stand among the property’s some 4,000 apple trees. DISTILLERY LANE CIDERWORKS IS ALL ABUZZ Distillery Lane Ciderworks sits in a bucolic corner of Frederick County—out where the blacktop dips and snakes, the fields and farmland roll, and South Mountain is a hazy blue […]

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Wild Gets Caffeinated

July, 2019

Mobtown Fermentation co-founders Sergio Malarin, Sid Sharma and Adam Bufano. Mobtown Fermentation’s illustrated rabbit logo has been popping up on tap handles and bottles all over Maryland this year. That’s because in February the producers of the Wild Kombucha line traded in their 3,400-square-foot Lutherville production space for a 13,600-squarefoot brewery in northwest Baltimore. With […]

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Black Ankle takes a New Step

July, 2019

Black Ankle’s eco-friendly tasting room, inside Black Ankle Vineyards has a problem that many wineries only dream of. The Mt. Airy winery has outgrown its own grape production. Since wife and husband team Sarah O’Herron and Ed Boyce first dug into the dark, shale-layered soil in 2003, they have put vines on every bit of […]

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Make it a Meal

July, 2019

by: Ryan Detter GETTING TO THE TAVERN Blackwater Distilling was the first distillery to open in Maryland since 1972, Chris Cook, co-owner, tells me. He’s talking about their beginnings in 2008, before the seismic shift that craft distilling has seen since then. When Blackwater started production, there were only around 50 craft distilleries nationwide and […]

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News from Grow & Fortify

July, 2019

Celebrate Bastille Day! Bastille Day, Help us clebrate French  Independence day with food, wine and music, known in France as locally as La Fête Nationale, commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14. On July 14, 1789, when a group of enraged Parisians stormed and took the Bastille in order to secure the arms and […]

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WHITE TIGER TAKES DRINKERS ON A TRIP TO LAOS

July, 2019

Itsara Ounnarath’s journey into the world of craft distilling began five years ago when he opened White Tiger distilling in Stevensville on the Eastern Shore. In the summer of 2018, his operation itself took a journey when he moved it—still, stock and barrels—to a new home in Bel Air. Itsara Ounnarath’s journey brought him to […]

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