Guinness to Open New $80 Million Brewery South of Baltimore in August

by Camren Skelton

Relay, Md. — Guinness will open a new U.S. brewery in Relay, 10 miles south of Baltimore, on Friday, Aug. 3.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House represents an $80 million investment and is expected to create 160 new jobs. The brewery will be the first Guinness presence in the United States since 1954 and the first ever purpose-built Guinness brewery in American history, according to the company’s website. The facility will feature public tours, taproom tastings, a 270-seat restaurant and a merchandise shop. Guinness Draught and other stouts will be brewed exclusively in its home country of Ireland and imported to the U.S., but the Maryland team will take over production of Guinness Blonde and experiment with new beers influenced by American and Maryland brewing traditions. Guinness is a brand within Diageo Beer Co. USA, the U.S. beer and flavored malt beverage business of London-based Diageo. Brands under Diageo’s flag include Tusker, Senator Keg Lager, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskeys, as well as Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas.

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