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Guinness Brewing is Closing Their Maryland Manufacturing Facility


Guinness Baltimore Open Gate Brewery

Guinness Brewing is Shutting Down Halethorpe Maryland’s Manufacturing Facility

Guinness proprietor Diageo will likely be closing the Guinness manufacturing facility in Halethorpe, Maryland. They opened the power simply three years in the past in 2020.

The closure won’t affect the Guinness Open Gate Brewery faucet room and restaurant, additionally in Halethorpe. It is going to proceed brewing beers to serve on the faucet room in its. They’re sustaining their 10-barrel innovation brewery on the bottom flooring of the customer heart that they use for ‘experimental ales’.

This all coming after bulletins of Guinness Brewing opening a Chicago facility and brewery. (Learn extra right here: Guinness Brewing Planning on Opening a Chicago Brewery.)

The closing of the power in Baltimore will end in round 100 worker lay – offs. Diageo said the reasoning for the closure is that the Halethorpe / Baltimore facility is “underutilized and pointless”.

“This resolution won’t affect our hospitality operations on the Guinness Open Gate Brewery taproom and restaurant. We’ve got been a part of the Baltimore group for a few years and can proceed to be lively member via our work on the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, contributing to native tourism and the financial system, and supporting native charitable organizations.”

Diageo In regards to the Closing

The Manufacturing Facility’s Closing

Guinness Brewing in Baltimore at Night time

The corporate stated the closure won’t affect its fashionable Guinness Open Gate Brewery taproom and restaurant additionally situated in Halethorpe.  

The London primarily based mother or father firm, Diageo, launched an announcement on the closure. “After cautious consideration and evaluation of our provide footprint, now we have made the troublesome resolution to completely shut our manufacturing facility in Relay, Maryland,”  Diageo stated.  

Clients who frequent the corporate’s taproom and restaurant in Baltimore have to not fear, as Diageo says the closure of the manufacturing plant won’t affect operations on the Open Gate Brewery.  

Proprietor of Guinness Open Gate Brewery closing manufacturing facility in Baltimore County

For a lot of in Baltimore this comes as… not so stunning information. Stating the faucet room’s decline in high quality, points with staffing, gradual wait occasions, and variations in ordering and receiving drinks as a consequence of COVID – 19 protocols.

A taproom, a 270-seat restaurant and a smaller innovation brewery, which make use of about 100 folks, will stay open, in line with an announcement from Diageo, the beverage firm that owns Guinness, one of many beer market’s most recognizable names, and liquor manufacturers resembling Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Baileys and Smirnoff.

The Relay plant was Guinness’ first brewing operation in america for the reason that Nineteen Fifties. The ability on the location of a former Seagram’s bottling plant was hailed as a key financial engine for the realm, opening 5 years in the past with the taproom and restaurant. The taproom has served greater than 1.3 million guests since opening, the corporate stated.

The manufacturing plant is anticipated to shut by June, the corporate stated. After that, the brewery’s flagship Baltimore Blonde will likely be brewed at different places. An organization spokeswoman stated Diageo is evaluating choices to proceed manufacturing of the beer.

Guinness beer brewing plant will shut down at website of Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore County

Baltimore Blonde

The most important questions (and issues) in regards to the closure is what’s going to grow to be of the Baltimore Blonde Ale that Guinness has been making since opening the power.

(Some on-line have been joking that it’ll grow to be the Chicago Blonde Ale.)

Left doubtful is the way forward for Baltimore Blonde, the lager whose brand features a Maryland flag, that Guinness started brewing in Relay in 2017 and has since grow to be a preferred providing in every single place from Camden Yards to native shops. It was initially referred to as Guinness Blonde American Lager earlier than the identify was switched to characterize Appeal Metropolis.

Baltimore County officers say they need to maintain the brew’s manufacturing native, and have reached out to space breweries to see if there’s a option to have them take it over.

The purpose is to maintain Baltimore Blonde from going the way in which of Natty Boh, which has lengthy been symbolic of the area regardless of being manufactured elsewhere for the reason that Nineteen Nineties. “We’d hate for that to be the state of affairs right here,” stated Sameer Sidh, deputy administrative officer of financial growth and infrastructure for Baltimore County. “We’re exploring all choices to maintain Baltimore Blonde right here. We’re going to show over each stone that we will to maintain Baltimore Blonde in Baltimore County.”

As Guinness manufacturing plant closes, officers scramble to maintain Baltimore Blonde native

Guinness Brewing hasn’t declared a phrase but on the eventual destiny of the Guinness Baltimore Blonde Ale.

The closure is because of occur in June, so a solution must be offered by then.

For Extra Information on the Closure

For extra information on the closure from information retailers, you possibly can learn the next information articles:

Guinness Baltimore

The next data comes from Untappd. Guinness Open Gate Brewery is a macro brewery and a Subsidiary of Guinness, in Halethorpe, MD United States. They’ve 319 distinctive beers and over 174,000 rankings with a world common score of three.73 (as of 4.5.23). Their Untappd description reads: “The primary Guinness brewery on American soil for over 60 years, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery is the house of Guinness Blonde Lager and the birthplace of latest Guinness beers. Proudly brewing in Maryland.” Untappd – Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

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