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.

Past Meets Present On The Eastern Shore

August, 2018

On the Road: Rum, Rambles and Rigs Along the Bay The route from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to the Blackwater Reserve is about 37 miles and will take under an hour by car. Unless you stop along the way, which you should. For gourmands, the trip could take days. For time traveling historians, centuries. […]

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Carroll County’s Main Streets

August, 2018

Country Rambles in Carroll County Four towns in Carroll County belong to Maryland’s Main Street initiative. That means Mount Airy, Sykesville, Taneytown and Westminster all meet the program’s goals of a lively downtown with locally owned shops and restaurants, as well as cultural attractions worth exploring. Carroll County was carved out of neighboring Baltimore and […]

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Backwoods Beer

July, 2018

1812 Brewery is way out there. And way worth a visit. By Brennen Jensen                           To reach the 1812 Brewery in the mountainous wilds of Allegany County, slip off I-68 just outside Cumberland and follow serpentine blacktop across a one-lane bridge and past […]

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Checkerspot Brewery Spreads its Wings

July, 2018

What, you didn’t know we have a state butterfly? By Brennen Jensen Checkerspot co-owners Steve Marsh, Rob Neff and Judy Neff (who is also the brewer) at their new South Baltimore brewery, named in honor of Maryland’s state butterfly.    Checkerspot Brewing 1399 S. Sharp Street, Baltimore, MD www.checkerspotbrewing.com The beautiful black and gold butterfly known as […]

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Gertrude’s Spirit

June, 2018

MISCellaneous Distillery launches a rye nod to the family matriarch Dan McNeill, who runs Mount Airy’s MISCellaneous Distillery with partner Meg MacWhirter, says his maternal grandmother was a bit of a pistol. “She was known to drink whiskey and smoke cigars at family functions,” he recalls. “She was dainty and polite, but she also had […]

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Something Epoch

June, 2018

Baltimore Whiskey Company releases its new Epoch Rye (We’re pretty sure these guys are loving all the wordplay) We stopped at the Blue Pit BBQ in Woodberry the other night to try some of Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye–the first rye to be distilled in Baltimore City in 75 years. That sounds pretty epic. The […]

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Dine Under the Stars

June, 2018

Picture yourself Living in Marthaland If you crave a sunset meal in an idyllic country setting, here are some suggestions. Ah, those photo spreads in Martha Stewart – a rustic wooden table set up under a tree; black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s lace in canning jars; an eclectic collection of wood and caned chairs dragged […]

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Crushing on Wine Cans

May, 2018

Old Westminster Winery Millennials are drinking more wine than any other age group. According to USA Today, young adults aged 21 to 38 consume nearly half of all wine sold in the U.S. Wine, says Ashli Johnson, “has a sense of time and place and authenticity.” And younger adults, says Johnson, one of the three […]

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Purple Reigns

May, 2018

At Star Bright Farm, lavender and blueberries set the tone Interview by Martha Thomas            Photography by Helen Norman Peter Elmore and his family (brother Patrick, Parents, Helen Norman and Mark Elmore) own Star Bright Farm in White Hall. Peter’s parents purchased the 130-acre farm in 1994, when he was a […]

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Something to Crow About

May, 2018

In Kent County, a family farm stays solvent by making award-winning wines. Story by Martha Thomas Photography by Mary C. Gardella The first time Roy Crow walked up the lane of his Kennedyville home with the woman he was dating, Judy Haggerty gasped. She saw green meadows dotted with black Angus cattle, a wood framed […]

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