Guinness will operate its first U.S. brewery in 60 years when the brand officially opens a new production facility next month in Maryland.
Diageo Beer Company USA has announced that the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, located just south of Baltimore, will open to the public on Friday, August 3.
“In my opinion, the word ‘milestone’ doesn’t do justice to this moment in Guinness history,” says Diageo Beer Company USA Chairman and Diageo Global Sales Officer Tom Day. “Since we announced our brewery just outside Baltimore, I’ve spent a lot of time here and have come to really love the area and the people of Maryland. I can’t wait to see this place open and become a part of this vibrant community and special beer culture. I really think we have something great to offer folks, both in terms of beer and a fantastic place to visit and experience.”
While Guinness Draught and other stouts will still be brewed exclusively in Ireland and imported to the U.S., this brewery is a step in the evolution of the brand. Led by Brewmaster Peter Wiens and Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson, the Maryland team will take over production of Guinness Blonde, and experiment with new beers influenced by both American and Maryland traditions.
The taproom, tours of the 10-barrel brewery, the merchandise shops and the grounds will be open on August 3, with the restaurant opening approximately two weeks later.
The new facility has received criticism from some Maryland brewers regarding the legality of its brewing capacity, and what that means for local competitors.
Guinness recently celebrated 200 years of sales in America with a line of special releases.