On June 25 the BMI wi
Spirits of Maryland: Baltimore, presented in partnership with the Maryland Distillers Guild. Learn about the area's distilleries and histories as you sample their locally-crafted spirits.
Maryland has a rich history of distilling, dating back to the 1500s, when colonists first began producing rum and whiskey. Over the next few hundred years, the number of distilleries surged, solidifying Maryland's place as a leader in the nation's spirits industry.
During Prohibition Maryland gained its reputation as the "Free State" by refusing to pass any legislation enforcing Prohibition. Not surprisingly, distilling rebounded following the repeal of the 18th Amendment but the boom was relatively short-lived, and after WWII a combination of economic changes and decreased demand led to the shuttering of one distillery after another.
Since 2008, new distilleries are opening in Maryland at a record rate, reviving old tr
aditions and deve
loping new, unique spirits that reflect the ever-changing landscape of distilling. From rums & whiskeys to vodka, gin, brandy, grappa and more, Maryland is becoming a mecca for spirits enthusiasts, and is currently home to more than 15 distilleries.
Join us on June 25 to learn more about Maryland's distilling legacy and sample local spirits.
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