Guinness to build Maryland facility to supply U.S. market

Drawing of the proposed facility.
Guinness has a strong U.S presence, but it may get even stronger.

The iconic Irish brewer's parent company, Diageo, has chosen Maryland as the site of a brewery that will be built to solely supply the American market.

Diageo's announcement said the Baltimore County project, which will cost an estimated $50 million, will be modeled on the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, and will include a visitor center. "The new brewery would be a home for new Guinness beers created for the U.S. market, while the iconic Guinness Stouts will continue to be brewed at St. James’s Gate in Dublin," Diageo said.

Thus, Diageo will continue to import Guinness Stouts from Ireland while Guinness Blonde and newer innovative beers intended for the U.S. beer drinker will be developed and produced in Maryland.

Construction will start in the spring, with a projected fall completion that would coincide with the 200th anniversary of exports of the classic Irish stout to the U.S. The last time Guinness had a U.S. brewery was in the 1950s.
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