A new Guinness brewery is being planned for Maryland to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the beer being imported into the U.S. for the first time.
The new brewery will be located at the site of parent company Diageo’s liquor production and bottling facility in Relay, Md., which ceased production in Dec. 2015. Although exact details are still being finalized, the facility will be molded after the company’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and would include a working brewery, a packaging and warehouse operation, a tasting room and a retail store.
“Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the US will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers,” said Tom Day, president of Diageo Beer Company, USA, in a press release. “Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the US, we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County.”
As currently envisioned, the brewery would brew beers for new Guinness releases in the U.S. market as well as experimental beers for visitors to try on-site, while Guinness Stouts would continue to be produced at St. James’s Gate in Dublin. According to a press release, the brewery could generate up to 40 various new jobs in brewing, warehousing and packaging, which includes canning, bottling and kegging beers.
Diageo is planning on staring construction this spring, with a goal of opening the new brewery sometime during the fall.