Thursday, January 3, 2013
A study recently released by a Maryland group found approximately $100 million in new business revenue could be generated from sales of beer and wine in chain stores.
A recent study commissioned by a statewide advocacy group found selling beer and wine in chain stores could result in significant revenue for Maryland. The study concluded that opening up wine and beer sales in chain stores, such as convenience stores and groceries, would generate $72 million in upfront licensing fees for the state. The issue of alcohol sales in chain stores became a major topic in Columbia in the summer when the husband of the president of Wegmans attempted to open a 10,000 square foot liquor store on the second floor of the new grocery store. The Howard County Beverage Board voted down that proposal after its members agreed it would violate state law and harm local businesses. Currently, Maryland is only one of four …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, and Bistro on Route 1 is home to 1,000 brands of beer and 3,000 brands of wine.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
Larry Pendleton wanted to bring something to the greater Beltsville area that the region hasn’t seen before. After two years of planning, preparing and primping, his business is now finally open. Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits and Bistro opened its doors Oct. 1, but Saturday Nov. 10 was Pendleton’s grand opening. His liquor store is home to more than 10,000-square feet of wine, beer, a gift shop and even a restaurant. At 11011 Baltimore Ave. next to Costco in the building that used to be Circuit City, Old Line is a store like no other in the area with 1,000 different brands of beer and 3,000 different brands of wine. "I wanted to create an upscale environment for people to feel comfortable shopping and eating in,” said Pendleton, a 51-year-…
Friday, November 2, 2012
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. Greek Food and Cultural Festival Maryland Etsy Seller's Fall Shopping Frolic Kuromori Kagura: Japanese Folklore and Dance Perry Hall Folk Music Night Catsino – A Night of Fun & Faux Gaming to Benefit Baltimore Humane Society Night of the Living Dead Bennett's Curse Haunted House in Blobs Park Beachmont Corn Maze 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Maryland ranks 47th in beer consumption in the U.S.
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer," Abraham Lincoln said. Apparently, people in the tri-state area do not track with the 17th president of the United States, and select other beverages to meet national crises. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia all rank in the bottom third of annual shipment and consumption of beer, according to a study from the Beer Institute, quoted by the Washington Business Journal. Since 2003, the Beer Institute has been tracking “Shipments of Malt Beverages and Per Capita Consumption by State” for persons 21 years and older across all 50 U.S. states and the District of …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Democrats and Republicans agree on this issue, according to poll results.
A recent poll shows that a majority of Marylanders favor being able to buy beer and wine at chain stores, despite the fact it's illegal for most chain stores in the state to hold a liquor license. A poll conducted in late September by Gonzales Research found that 64 percent of Marylanders favor being able to buy beer and wine at chain stores. The issue crosses party lines. The poll found that 56 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans believe chain stores should be able to sell beer and wine. The poll was conducted for Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws (MBBWL), an advocacy group that has supported repealing laws that ban chain stores from receiving liquor licenses. Adam Borden, president of MBBWL, said Gonzales was …
Monday, July 30, 2012
You tell us: Should Wegmans have a second-floor liquor store?
The decision on whether to grant a liquor license to a proposed 10,000 square foot liquor store that would be located on the second floor of the Columbia Wegmans could come tonight from the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board. Follow Patch's coverage of the hearing tonight live on Twitter using the hashtag #WegmansLiquor. Two previous hearings on the liquor store ended without a decision. The first one on May 1, which ran about five hours, ended before public comments were finished. The speakers there were concerned about the effect the large liquor store would have on their local businesses and whether it was within the law to sell alcohol inside a chain grocery store, which is generally prohibited in Maryland. At the May 1 meeting, …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Where can you find a bottle of just about anything you're in the mood for?
Red, white, sparkling -- for health or pleasure, most of us enjoy a glass or two of wine. But when you want to break out of that routine and try something different, where do you go for the greatest variety of choices? From July 23 to Aug. 17, we’re asking readers to vote in our poll and let us know where in Howard County has the greatest selection of wines. Winners will receive the honor of being named the Readers’ Choice winner in their community.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Where do you think is the best place for a large wine selection in Savage, Columbia, Ellicott City and Elkridge?
The nomination period is now closed. Look for Readers' Choice polls on July 22! It is one of the most simple yet intimate questions you can ask someone: red or white? And no matter your preference, a great wine place can be hard to find. Some like it bold, some like it fruity–others prefer the taste of chocolate and oak. But what we want to know is which restaurant has a menu big enough to satisfy all? Savage-Guilford Patch wants to know: Where is the best wine selection in Howard County? We’re relaunching Readers’ Choice; this time, we’re going to give you a few weeks to think this one through. There are a few wine destinations in Howard County, but speak up if you think a newcomer has put the established restaurants to shame. Let your …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The proposed liquor store in Wegmans has sparked the debate.
The proposed 10,000-square-foot liquor store inside the new Columbia Wegmans has reignited the debate on whether wine, beer and liquor should be sold in Maryland grocery and convenience stores. In an expansive article on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun examined how multiple grocery stores are trying to find ways around rules that generally ban chain grocery stores from selling wine, beer and liquor. (There are some exceptions, such as an Eastern Shore Giant location that has a license that has been grandfathered.) Adam Borden, the president of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws, said the bans are antiquated. “Our culture has evolved,” said Borden. “It used to be one where temperance and orderly tax collections were our most paramount …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Residents testified at a public hearing Monday to express concern about legislation that would allow wineries to host special events.
Based on testimony at Monday night’s public hearing, there is plenty of support for rolling vineyards and small wineries in Howard County. Parties, however, are a different story. The council is considering legislation (.PDF) that would allow wineries to operate on land designated for Rural Conservation or Rural Residential use and would allow special events of up to 500 to be held at certain wineries. Speaking last night, several opponents of the bill said although they welcomed vineyards in the bucolic west, such events did not fit in with the character of their communities. “Being Italian-American, I’ve been drinking wine for 75 years,” said Theodore Mariani, testifying on behalf the Concerned Citizens of Howard County. Nonetheless, he…