Statement On House Bill 1052
We at Guinness were surprised by the introduction of HB 1052 and we do not support this bill. While we appreciate the support for our brewery project by the Legislature and the collective Maryland beer community, this bill will take us a step backwards from the category growth, beer tourism and job creation we are all working towards.
HB 1283, which was passed during the 2017 legislative session, took major steps forward to support beer category growth and increase beer tourism in Maryland. Passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support, HB 1283 was true compromise legislation and the result of extensive efforts by the General Assembly, Guinness, our industry partners, and the Brewers Association of Maryland.
While HB 1283 was critical in advancing the beer industry in Maryland, there is always room for improvement. While we are focused on getting our brewery completed and open to the public this summer, Guinness is committed to being a part of Maryland’s vibrant beer industry. As such, we will continue to work with and stand by our friends across the industry to help promote growth, beer tourism and job creation in Maryland.
- Dwayne A. Kratt, Diageo Government Affairs Director