Beer in Maryland

A History of Breweries Since Colonial Times


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About the Book

This history begins with the earliest brewers in the colony–women–revealing details of the Old Line State’s brewing families and their methods. Stories never before told trace the effects of war, competition, the Industrial Revolution, Prohibition and changing political philosophies on the brewing industry. Some brewers persevered through crime, scandal and intrigue to play key roles in building their communities. Today’s craft brewers face a number of very different challenges, from monopolistic macro breweries and trademark quandaries to hop shortages, while attempting to establish their own legacies.

About the Author(s)

Maureen O’Prey is an historian and lecturer in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of the acclaimed publication Brewing in Baltimore, and historian for the 2016 Emmy Award winning documentary film Brewmore: Baltimore.

Bibliographic Details

Maureen O’Prey

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 362
Bibliographic Info: 160 photos (26 in color), maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6773-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2882-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Abbreviations viii
Preface 1
The Historical Origins of Beer in America 3
1. Colonial Maryland Breweries 7
Brewery Listings 15
2. Revolutionary War Breweries 17
Brewery Listings 24
3. The War of 1812 and the Rise of Industrial Breweries 26
Brewery Listings 56
4. The Civil War and the Flourish of Late 19th-Century Brewing in Maryland 61
Brewery Listings 120
Between pages 126 and 127 are 12 color plates containing 26 photographs
5. The Dawn of a New Century 127
Brewery Listings 145
6. Prohibition 147
Brewery Listings 163
7. Recovery 165
Brewery Listings 179
8. The Decline and Fall of Brewing in Maryland 182
Brewery Listings 189
9. A Change in the Mash Tun 190
Brewery Listings 213
10. The Rise of the Modern Craft Brewer, Part 1 216
11. The Rise of the Modern Craft Brewer, Part 2 268
Brewery Listings, Chapters 10 and 11 297
12. What the Future Holds 302
Breweries in Planning 313
Chapter Notes 315
Bibliography 335
Index 341