Sun– Diageo plans to build a Guinness brewery in Relay, a project that could bring 70 new jobs to the area, Baltimore County officials said Tuesday.
It would be the first Guinness brewery in the United States in more than 60 years.
County officials said the plans would create up to 70 jobs, including 40 in brewing, warehousing and packaging. About 30 people could work on the visitor side of the operation, which would be similar to the company’s Open Gate Brewery in Dublin.
The company hopes to begin construction this spring and open in fall 2017, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of imports of the classic Irish stout to the United States.
More from Yahoo! Finance on the new project: “The new brewery would be a home for new Guinness beers created for the US market, while the iconic Guinness Stouts will continue to be brewed at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland. Visitors would be able to tour the working brewery, sample experimental beers brewed on-site at the taproom, and purchase Guinness merchandise at the retail store. While finalization of these plans is still contingent on reaching agreement on several considerations, the project would represent a significant investment in Maryland in terms of economic development, job creation and tourism.”
Baltimore has a ton of local craft breweries, all of which offer their own uniqueness, and many of which have become a staple of Baltimore entertainment. But getting a Guiness brewery is a different ballgame. I don’t even drink Guiness (Irish car bombs ruined that one for me), but even I can recognize the magnitude of this move. It will be the only Guiness brewery in the United States, and it will be another tourist attraction to bring to Baltimore. Plus the Guiness stout won’t even be brewed there, it will be for new beers brewed by the company. It sounds like a trip to the brewery won’t make for a bad day out on the town. Can’t wait.