Welcome to Drink-Maryland.com! I hope you will join us often here as we explore the many different products and offerings of the breweries, distilleries, vineyards and wineries that are located throughout the great state of Maryland.
This site was an idea that came to my mind in late 2013. Now, who am I? I am Greg Ruby, a native Marylander from Carroll County, and since the 1980’s I have been involved in the tourism and hospitality industries and bringing various conventions and trade shows to our state.
For about ten years, I regularly passed Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester and often commented that I should visit it someday. I still have not done so. In 2008, I moved to the Canton area of Baltimore and discovered the Chesapeake Wine Company, operated by Mitchell Pressman. While at one of his tasting events, he introduced me to a wine produced by Mt. Airy’s Black Ankle Vineyards – the 2009 Syrah – and was impressed with the quality of wines that can be produced here in my home state.
I have always had a fondness for Maryland history. Shortly after moving to Canton, I had to go to Nacho Mama’s and check out all of their Natty Boh memorabilia on display. Many of you may argue that Natty Boh is no longer brewed here and should not be included in this site. Well, since it was founded in Baltimore in 1885, it will be grandfathered in. If I receive too many complaints about this, I will be forced to write a post about Natty Boh’s sister beverage, Colt 45, and how awesome their television advertisements with Billy Dee Williams were! Consider yourself warned!
What am I hoping to do here at Drink-Maryland.com? I am a huge believer of supporting local businesses, for one. I am looking forward to exploring the many local brewers and wineries (including Cygnus!) and sharing my discoveries along the way with you. I look forward to telling the stories of some of the local brewers and distilleries that are no longer here in Maryland.
In time, I hope to arrange some tours of breweries local to Baltimore and perhaps bus trips from Baltimore to the wineries that are a couple of hours away from Baltimore. If there is interest, we might consider arranging some tastings of adult beverages or maybe dinners with pairings. I would welcome your thoughts on this.
I had hoped that this blog would be further along now. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle 6 weeks ago and two surgeries later, I am still 10 weeks away from being able to place pressure on my foot. I had planned to have visited at least 5 wineries or brewers by now. So, this is still very much a work in progress.
I consider this blog to be ours – both mine and you the reader. What are some topics that you would like to see covered here? To those folks running breweries, distilleries and wineries, I would love to hear from you and share your news. I am considering having advertising on here, so if you want to advertise your wares, drop me a line. You can comment here on the site or send me an email message at Info(at)Drink-Maryland(dot)com. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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As I mentioned earlier, I am a huge believer in supporting local businesses and attractions. In addition to this blog, I have also just launched AdventuresInBaltimore.com and AdventuresInMaryland.com offering up advice on local attractions, museums and restaurants. There is so much to see and do in Maryland – it truly is America In Miniature. I hope you will check out both sites!
Until next time – drink up!