Craft Beverages

Frederick County leads the state in the combined number of wineries, breweries and distilleries. Frederick County has 30 wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies, representing a 68% increase since 2015, and 21% of the total establishments in Maryland. Most significant within that growth was the increase in distilleries, a 300% increase and craft breweries with a 125% increase.

The county is home to the first farm brewery, first meadery, and first cidery in Maryland, as well as the largest winery (Linganore Winecellars) and largest brewery (Flying Dog) in the state. Frederick County is also home to the first craft beverage trifecta – Springfield Manor – offering wines, beers and spirits. In 2016, Frederick was ranked number 17 in the Best Cities in the World for Craft Beer by Matador Network.

Craft Beverage Start-Up Support

To further grow this industry and make it even easier for entrepreneurs to launch their businesses, the How to Start a Winery, Brewery, Distillery in Frederick County guide outlines how to navigate the federal, state and county process for starting a craft beverage business. The guide was created with input and advice from the Frederick County Division of Planning, Frederick County Liquor Board, Brewers Association of Maryland, Maryland Wineries Association, and the Maryland Distillers Guild, as well as several local wineries, breweries, and distilleries who provided feedback first hand from their experiences going through the process. To receive your copy, please email us today.

OED also provides knowledgable site selection assistance for the craft beverage industry. Please contact us to get started in finding your perfect business locaiton.

Craft Beverage Marketing Support

Craft Beverage Incentives