Cheers! Microbrewery May Come to Hagerstown

Local officials seek state permission

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Well filled beer mugs are seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival at Schottenhamel beer tent on September 20, 2008 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest is seen as the biggest beer festival worldwide. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

    Some local officials in Hagerstown are toasting the possibility of a new business coming to the downtown.

    A potential tenant wants to open a microbrewery on South Potomac Street, in a building that once housed a book store.

    The catch is, Washington County doesn't have the authority to issue a state microbrewery license which would allow the holder to make and sell beer.

    But according to the Herald-Mail, two members of the county's liquor board are asking Maryland to grant the board the authority it needs.

    Currently, 15 counties and cities already have that ability.

    The Washington County delegation has agreed to file a bill giving the liquor board the authority it needs.

    The building in question is across from the library.  The developer hopes to renovate it to include the microbrewery and 22 apartment units upstairs.