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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.

Aled Lang Syne

A turbulent 2016, filled with openings, closings and industry growth, has just wound down, and 2017 has just kicked off. With the way the past 12 months has gone, I couldn’t help but think about the inimitable words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Lately, Frederick County, and Maryland as a whole, has felt like that. If you blink, you miss something. As we push into the new year, both locally and statewide, we’re looking at more growth. Before we look forward, let’s take...

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Two Years After the Supreme Court Ruling, Virginia and Maryland Wineries are Still Sorting out the Impact

On December 7, 2004, the Supreme Court listened to the arguments in Granholm v. Heald. The Michigan case which, wrapped together with litigants from the State of New York, challenged the rights of states to allow in-state wineries to self-distribute product while legislating that out-of-state wineries must utilize a wholesaler. Small wineries awaited the high court’s ruling with great anticipation, many believing that the ruling could be a boon to America’s wine industry, opening the door to an era of unprecedented growth. While awaiting the decision in December of 2004, Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Winery Association,...

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