April 5, 2021
Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland’s alcoholic beverage producers notched a victory in the General Assembly last week, winning permission to continue direct-to-consumer shipping and delivery sales of craft beers, wine and liquor for at least the next two years.
State lawmakers approved a measure that extends some of the emergency privileges granted to alcohol manufacturers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, at the start of the outbreak, Gov. Larry Hogan offered new leeway to breweries, wineries and distilleries, opening the door to delivery sales as a means of staying financially afloat during taproom and tasting room shutdowns. Comptroller Peter Franchot followed suit with a decision to temporarily suspend limits on beer and spirit sales.
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