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Author: Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith

A veteran reporter of more than two decades, Kevin Smith has been covering the Maryland Beer industry since 2005 when he covered the business beat for the Frederick Gazette. Since early 2007, he has covered Maryland for the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, and penned columns about craft beer for, The Frederick News-Post,, and Maryland Life Magazine. He has also written about the wine industry in the Mid-Atlantic region for The Frederick Gazette, Wine Business Monthly, and Hagerstown Magazine. Kevin currently lives in Western Frederick County with his wife, two daughters, and his goofy dog, Fezzik.

A Question of Size

Questions of size. There are a lot of them in the craft beer world. Do I want a big (high ABV beer)? Do I want a beer with big, malty notes, or a big, juicy hop-bomb? When I hit a bar, do I want a full pour, a half-pour, or samples? For many in the industry, one of the questions becomes whether or not they should offer samples. All of the questions find themselves answered differently based on the person and the situation. A scan of social media feeds, such as the Maryland Beer Drinkers Club on Facebook, can...

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McClintock Distilling Company

GRAIN TO GLASS DISTILLERY McClintock Distilling uses all organic grains to produce our spirits which are milled in-house using our antique stone burr mill. By buying organic, we can ensure the highest quality of grains, free of pesticides and chemical additives and  do our part to help support small, family-owned farms. Every step of the process is overseen by our distillers to ensure the highest quality spirits for you. SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED We have taken measures to ensure that all of our production methods are sustainable and environmentally friendly. All spent grains are used as livestock feed in local Maryland farms...

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Red Shedman

About Us Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard is located among the rolling hills of Mt. Airy, on over 200 acres of farmland, between Frederick and Baltimore, Maryland. We cultivate several varieties of hops including Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Nugget and Crystal. The Lower Level The lower level of the brewery is dedicated to production based on a fifteen-barrel brewhouse. The Upper Level The upper level is the brewery’s tasting room where you can enjoy a flight or a pint, lite fare and the big screen TV’s. Beer is available on tap and in cans, growlers, and kegs for...

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Mad Science Brewing

We are a veteran-run farm brewery specializing in high quality hand-crafted beer, founded on January 2nd, 2013. We produce ales and lagers using traditional styles as a guideline and tweakin’ them to match our tastebuds. Mad Science...

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Dragon Distillery

Dragon Distillery is a small, veteran-owned business strongly rooted in the local Frederick, Maryland community. In the mid-1700s our family settled on a 200 acre tract of land about 25 miles away from the current distillery location. We are continuing the tradition of supporting and enjoying Frederick through our craft distillery. We create hand-crafted, premium, artisan spirits using locally-sourced, natural ingredients. We are proud members of the American Distilling Institute, Maryland Distillers Guild and the Frederick Chamber of Commerce. So why did we pick the name Dragon Distillery? We are huge fans of Dungeons & Dragons and all things...

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