World renown Irish brewer Guinness will build in the United States. The brewery’s parent company Diageo has chosen Maryland for the build.
The build will be a U.S. version of Dublin’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery, a mid-sized location and visitor experience in Baltimore County, Maryland. Diageo is investing $50 million dollars in the project.
The facility will brew and feature beers created solely for the American market. The St. James Gate facility will still be the brewing home to the iconic Guinness Stout.
This new project will re-establish a Guinness brewery in the U.S. after a 63 year absence. Diageo has chosen Relay, Maryland as the preferred location for a plethora of reasons, including proximity to major tourist destinations, skilled nearby labor, and existing structures that the brewery can renovate. Guinness will be renovating a Diageo bottling facility that was shuttered in 2015.
“Guinness’ plan to build a brewery at its historic facility in Relay, MD is great news for job creation, manufacturing, and tourism in our state. Beer tourism attracts millions of visitors to towns and communities across the country every year and I look forward to welcoming Guinness to the roster of excellent breweries we have here in Maryland.” – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Diageo is hoping to have final approval soon, and commence construction in the spring. The goal is to have Guinness U.S. open by the 200th Anniversary of Guinness being first imported into the United States.