Baltimore could soon be home to a Guinness brewery after Diageo announced plans to bring one of Irelands greatest exports to Maryland.
It has been 63 years since Guinness was produced in the United States but now the city famous for violent crime and classic TV show “The Wire” could be smelling a bit like Dublin.
A multi-million dollar Guinness Brewery and visitor experience is in the works, with the facility set to be open in the autumn to mark the 200th anniversary of Guinness’ import to the U.S.
It will be modelled after the Open Gate Brewery here in Dublin but will not produce the iconic Guinness stout.
Instead it will make experimental beers for the US market and will serve as a packaging and warehousing facility that’ll offer visitors tours, tastings and, of course, a gift shop.
“Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the U.S. will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers,” said Tom Day, president, Diageo Beer Company, USA, in a statement.
“Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the U.S., we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County.”
The company expects about 300,000 visitors per year, and the project will create about 70 permanent jobs.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says it’s all good for the local economy.
“They view this as a regional tourism site, similar to what they’re doing in Dublin,” said Kamenetz. “So it’s a home run for us. It’s a $50 million investment on their part.”
“We will now be having Guinness, for the first time manufactured in this country, right here in Baltimore County, in the form of their new product Guinness Blond,” said Kamenetz.