Attended my first @MDBrewers meeting as a media affiliate member. Much focus on the recent hearings and the work we need to do as an industry going into election season. Great to see many existing friends and meet many new folks. Tons of ideas and contacts for future episodes.

This is bullshit:

HB1316, which creates a task force to study the Comptroller’s regulation of alcohol and public safety in potential alcohol law reform, passed in committee unanimously.

Supporting my future Governor and lieutenant, @AlecJRoss and @julieverratti, at a meet and greet at @DenizensBrewing. You should come by if you are in the area.

Pulling what is needed for 1, possibly 2, episodes on proposed beer laws in MD, including notes for an interview as soon as tomorrow. 1 or 2 depends on how long each of 2 interviews goes.

Pulling what is needed for 1, possibly 2, episodes on proposed beer laws in MD, including notes for an interview as soon as tomorrow. 1 or 2 depends on how long each of 2 interviews goes.

Finally dug up the online video of Friday’s hearings on new bills affecting MD craft beer. The big reform bill, HB518, starts at around the 4 hour and 12 minute mark. Watching the rest of the testimony that I missed towards the end. http://mgahouse.maryland.gov/mga/play/2dfec8ca-b7df-48a6-b3c0-54793a127503/?catalog/03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c

Working on the recording with @marylandmalt, sounding great so far. This interview could go out next or next could still be a special episode on new bills introduced affecting craft beer in MD. Working on plan B for that special episode, since plan A was a bust.

This is a good write up of yesterday’s hearings before the Economic Matters Committee in Annapolis for proposed bills affecting craft beer in MD: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-franchot-beer-hearing-20180223-story.html

Unlike my fights for the public interest at the FCC, the strife at today’s hearings have me feeling I want to do more to defend the craft I love. Probably because I admire each and every MD brewer I have met.