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The Reform on Tap Task Force

In response to the passage of House Bill 1283 during the 2017 Legislative Session and with the goal of modernizing Maryland’s beer laws and promoting economic growth across the State, Comptroller Peter Franchot established “Reform On Tap” Task Force in April 2017.

The task force, chaired by Comptroller Franchot and composed of 40 members representing key stakeholder groups within the beer industry, will perform a comprehensive review of the State’s antiquated laws that govern the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of Maryland craft beer.

“Current laws and regulations pose an existential threat to the industry’s future growth in Maryland; and with it, the jobs, economic activity, tax revenue and tourism opportunities generated by this community of innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Comptroller Franchot. “In the absence of comprehensive reform, Maryland’s reputation within the national craft brewing industry will continue to suffer and the economies of our neighboring states will benefit at our expense.”

Task force members come from every region of the state and represent both large and small breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars and retailers, consumers, and local and state elected officials.

“I’m grateful to the men and women who have volunteered their time, talents, and energy by serving on this important task force,” Comptroller Franchot added. “The vast majority of the members are business owners who are making meaningful contributions to our state’s economy while giving back to their communities. I look forward to working with each of them over the next several months.”

The task force will develop legislative proposals based on extensive review of Maryland’s beer laws and other states’ laws. Additionally, feedback from industry stakeholders and the public will be incorporated, all with the goal of facilitating the growth and success of Maryland’s craft beer industry and other independent businesses.

Click here for a list of the task force members. 

Bill Annoucement

Task Force Meeting Schedule

All task force meetings and town halls are open to the public and the press. Additionally, all task force meetings will be livestreamed via the Reform on Tap Facebook page

May 24, 2017
3:00-5:00 PM
Charles Commons, Salons B&C
Johns Hopkins University
10 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

June 7, 2017
Calvert Brewing Company
15850 Commerce Court
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

June 22, 2017
Monument City Brewing Co.
1 North Haven Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

July 20, 2017
Jailbreak Brewing Co.
9445 Washington Blvd . N Suite F
Laurel, MD 20723

August 15, 2017
Peabody Heights Brewery
401 E 30th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

August 16, 2017 (Town Hall Meeting)
Evolution Brewing Co.
201 E Vine Street
Salisbury, MD 21804

September 6, 2017
Jailbreak Brewing Company
9445 Washington Blvd. North, Suite F
Laurel, MD 20723

October 4, 2017 (Town Hall Meeting)
Denizen’s Brewing Co.
1115 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

October 25, 2017
Charles Commons, Salons B&C
Johns Hopkins University
10 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

November 8, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building
Assembly Room
80 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401


NOTE: The September 27 meeting of the Reform on Tap Task Force has been cancelled. Instead, Reform on Tap members are encouraged to attend the Northeast Hops Selection being held at Flying Dog Brewery on September 27, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please visit

Meeting Documents

The task force will publish all materials for each task force meeting.

  • May 24, 2017 
    • PowerPoint Presentation by Jeffrey Kelly, Director of the Comptroller’s Field Enforcement Division. Topic: Maryland’s Beer Laws: Overview and Historical Perspective
    • Handout materials from Pete Johnson, manager of state and regulatory affairs, National Brewers Association. Topic: Maryland’s Craft Beer Environment: A National Perspective
    • PowerPoint Presentation by Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of Brewers Association of Maryland; Allison Burr-Livingstone, Vice President of Public Affairs, Visit Baltimore; and Mayor Jake Day of Salisbury, MD. Topic: Why It Matters: The Economic Impact of Maryland’s Craft Beer Industry
















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