Maryland, Frederick Guide (B): Craft Spirits and Brews in Downtown Frederick

Craft Spirits and Brews in Downtown Frederick
The historic streets of Frederick MD

Each time we return to Frederick Maryland something new catches us by surprise. This time it was the sudden presence of three new craft distilleries within walking distance in the historic center of Frederick. Combined with the craft breweries that have also opened downtown in recent years, you can make a nice day of artisanal beverage tastings.

All three of the new distilleries opened in 2016. That’s not just a coincidence. In December 2014, the Frederick City Board of Aldermen voted for a change in city code to allow for craft distilleries in downtown Frederick. Once that opportunity tap was opened, local distillers jumped at the chance.

During the same time frame in February 2015, eleven Maryland distilleries came together to form the Maryland Distillers Guildto represent and promote the revival of artisanal distilling in the state. Maryland actually has a very interesting history of distilling. I bet you didn’t know that Maryland was the nation’s 3rd largest producer of rye whiskey prior to prohibition.

Tenth Ward’s wall of famous bootleggers

A common thread throughout our conversations with distillers in Frederick was that of a collaborative community focused on sustainability, use of local products, small batch production and craftsmanship. In 2016 the Frederick Area Distillery Association was formed and the Frederick Distillery Trail was created. The following year saw the introduction of the first ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Craft Spirits and Brews in Downtown Frederick
Guide Location: USA » Frederick
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Tenth Ward Distilling Company   McClintock Distilling Company   Dragon Distillery   Attaboy Beer   Olde Mother Brewing Company   Brewers Alley  
Author: Julia B. Wilde
Read it on author's website: https://jillsurbanfoodcrawls.com/2018/04/08/craft-spirits-and-brews-in-downtown-frederick/