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Beverage Journal The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the beverage alcohol industries of said markets. The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the licensed beverage industries of said markets and have been for 75 years.

Subscribers consider the publication the "Bible" of the industry. Who Reads the Beverage Journal? The Members of the Licensed Beverage Industry. Who are the Members of the Licensed Beverage Industry? Owners and managers of Restaurants, Package Stores, Bars, Taverns, Night Clubs, Hotels, Private Clubs, Caterers … anyone with the license to sell Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor. How many of the Members of the Industry receive The Beverage Journal Each Month? Almost 6,000.

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The Maryland 2021 Legislative Session has begun ... are you ready for what's coming?  Stay up to speed with the Maryland...
01/15/2021
Maryland's 2021 Legislative Session

The Maryland 2021 Legislative Session has begun ... are you ready for what's coming? Stay up to speed with the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association.

What you don't know can (and will) certainly hurt you, and your business.

I've been writing this Maryland state legislative preview article each year at this time for nearly a decade now. The annual feature is usually a look ahead to the next General Assembly Session. But there's no way to move ahead with 2021 without acknowledging 2020, quite possibly the toughest, most....

This would be funny, if it wasn't so true.
01/06/2021
U.S. Postal Service Wishes Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving

This would be funny, if it wasn't so true.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just five days into the new year, The United States Postal Service delivered postcards to U.S. mailboxes wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hopes for a joyful holiday season.The festive postcards, adorned with falling leaves and an illustration of a turkey in postal worker....

Christo's Discount Liquors has been a pillar of the Glen Burnie/Ferndale community since 1962. Today, three of the famil...
01/05/2021
Christos Discount Liquors

Christo's Discount Liquors has been a pillar of the Glen Burnie/Ferndale community since 1962. Today, three of the family's five siblings -- John Christopoulos, brother Nick Christopoulos, and sister Madia Toll -- are the proprietors. Like many family businesses, Christo's looks to protect their legacy. With the help of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association they are able to do so.

From Greece to Glen Burnie, It's Been a Family AffairChristos Discount Liquors has been a pillar of the Glen Burnie/Ferndale community since 1962, and the Christopoulos family has operated the business since that time of JFK, Johnny Unitas, and Ed Sullivan.Today, three of the family's five siblings....

Thank you Delegate Jesse Pippy.
12/31/2020

Thank you Delegate Jesse Pippy.

Today our office sent letters to our federal delegation for assistance after becoming aware of potentially substantial FDA fees being assessed on Maryland Distilleries for making hand sanitizer. We shouldn’t be penalizing small businesses that answered the call to fight COVID-19!

Frederick County is home to the most distilleries in the State of Maryland!

Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Van Hollen
Congressman David Trone
Rep. Jamie Raskin

Maryland Distillers Guild
McClintock Distilling
Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Dragon Distillery, LLC
MISCellaneous Distillery
Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, & Brewery
Kevin Atticks
Comptroller of Maryland

This is amazing ... catastrophic ... ridiculous.https://restaurant.org/downloads/pdfs/research/state-employment-trends-o...
12/15/2020

This is amazing ... catastrophic ... ridiculous.

https://restaurant.org/downloads/pdfs/research/state-employment-trends-october-2020.pdf

Good people from a good place doing good things.  Kudos Greenmount Station!
12/14/2020

Good people from a good place doing good things. Kudos Greenmount Station!

Many of you have asked if we are going to do a fundraiser for Casey here at Greenmount and we are pleased to announce we have set a date!

Monday December 21st 15% of Carry-out and Dine-in sales will go DIRECTLY to Casey when you mention his fundraiser.

This will bless him so much as he works hard to heal and get back to normal life. The doctors are predicting he may be in the hospital until February.

The latest update on his GoFund me page as of yesterday:

"They are weaning him off the medication making him sleep. He is breathing 50% and the machine is as well. To be entirely woken up he has to be breathing 60%. He is getting closer and closer!! They seem to think February is the time frame he will be in the hospital. His body is the only thing that can give that answer. Please keep praying, sending good vibes and thoughts!! It's working!!! Prayers and shares..he needs it."

https://www.gofundme.com/f/everyones-casey?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the prayers and well wishes! Casey is blessed to have a community that cares so much!

#weloveyouCasey #hampsteadstrong

Beverage Journal staff writer, Teddy Durgin recently spoke with Nick and Trish Vitale of Chartley Liquors and discussed ...
12/04/2020
Chartley Liquors

Beverage Journal staff writer, Teddy Durgin recently spoke with Nick and Trish Vitale of Chartley Liquors and discussed running a successful business and staying aware of threats (thanks to Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association).

Navigating a Course Into the FutureA lot of packaged goods stores pride themselves on their customer service. Chartley Liquors in Reisterstown is proud of its customer relationships.We have been in the same location for 24 years, said owner Nick Vitale, during a recent interview with the Beverage Jo...

Riverside Liquors is well-positioned for the future ... as long as forces in the State Capitol don't interfere. Fortunat...
11/02/2020
The Butlers Did It!

Riverside Liquors is well-positioned for the future ... as long as forces in the State Capitol don't interfere. Fortunately, Butler, his family, and other store operators statewide have the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association (MSLBA) on their side in Annapolis.

"The MSLBA is extremely important. We're not absentee owners. We're at the store every day, working to maintain our business. If we had to, on our own, try and fight for our fair share with the state government, it would be impossible. The MSLBA is our voice when we can't be there."

Riverside Liquors is ALL about family! Co-owner David Butler says his family's roots in the packaged goods business date back to 1986 when his father, Albert, opened his first liquor store in Frederick. Dubbed Willow Tree Liquors, Albert eventually turned over management of the business to David's o...

Kudos to Beverage Journal staff writer Teddy Durgin for authoring the Halloween-themed radio play, "The Next Street Over...
10/27/2020
CPF Radio Hour

Kudos to Beverage Journal staff writer Teddy Durgin for authoring the Halloween-themed radio play, "The Next Street Over," complete with some FANTASTIC actor performances, cool sound effects, and wonderful direction. Give it a listen ... if you dare! MUHAHA! Here's the link (when you get to the page, click the start arrow to begin the performance): https://cpfradiohour.podbean.com/e/the-next-street-over-by-teddy-durgin-1507-6-of-10/

Playwrights and voice artists bring new audio plays and radio series to life...

Kevin Shifflett is the third-generation owner and operator of S & W Liquors that has been in his family since the late s...
10/05/2020
S & W Liquors: Celebrating 50 Years

Kevin Shifflett is the third-generation owner and operator of S & W Liquors that has been in his family since the late summer of 1970. "I've been here my entire life," he said, during a recent interview with Teddy Durgin of the Beverage Journal.

How does a 2600 square foot store in the same strip with a Giant Food supermarket work to keep the beer and wine out of chain stores here in Maryland? "When the chain store legislation comes back this next legislative session, I will be fighting alongside the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association (MSLBA) on the issue."

S & W Liquors is celebrating 50 years in business and is, Still Fighting the Good Fight! Some journalists are just fated to write certain articles. September 2020 will mark my 50th year on this planet. August 2020 marked S & W Liquors' 50th year in business. A random assignment? Or … desti...

Antietam Spirits ... A Family Legacy Continues.  Teddy Durgin's article about this family beer, wine and spirits shop ex...
09/03/2020
Antietam Spirits

Antietam Spirits ... A Family Legacy Continues. Teddy Durgin's article about this family beer, wine and spirits shop explains how they keep their customers coming back as well as navigating legislation and protecting theirs (and others) businesses with the help of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association.

A Family Legacy ContinuesJohn Holmes, proprietor of Antietam Spirits in Boonsboro, recently turned the store over to his son, Chase, after running the business since 1972. Holmes had taken over the store from his own father, who founded it (as Ye Olde Spirits Shop in Frederick) in 1960. Along the wa...

08/07/2020
Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association COVID-19 Response

Maryland’s beer distributors are local, family-owned, independent businesses that employ thousands of Marylanders in stable, high-quality jobs. In normal times, Maryland’s beer distributors are the people working behind the scenes to get your beer where it needs to go—from the brewer to the place you enjoy or buy it. Together, Maryland’s beer distributors employ almost 2,000 people across the state who work with local Maryland breweries to transport your favorite beers to neighborhood restaurants, bars, and package stores. Dawn to dusk, rain or snow, every week of the year, we work tirelessly to keep Maryland’s beer economy—and the thousands of jobs that depend on it—thriving.
But Maryland’s beer distributors are not only about business. Most of us are family-owned; we live, raise our families, volunteer, and socialize in the communities we serve. With our deep local ties and vast distribution networks, we have deployed our resources and expertise during this pandemic to help boost other local business owners, support first responders, and help vulnerable populations.
When COVID-19 hit and ground our local economies to a halt, Maryland’s beer wholesalers stepped up to serve their communities in immediate ways and to support frontline workers.
In Baltimore, Chesapeake Beverage saw first-hand the impact stay-at-home orders were having on local restaurants, so they gave $50 gift cards to all of their employees to use at local restaurants for carryout meals. B.P. Lesky Distributing started #takeouttuesday where they purchased lunch for their entire team at locally owned restaurants every Tuesday to help boost team morale, but more importantly, to support the local retail community. G&G Distributors on the Eastern Shore heard that many on-premise retailers needed cash to address immediate needs, so they offered to retrieve all draft and package beer that G&G represents and cut a check to the retailer within 24 hours.
Since Maryland’s beer distributors have long-standing relationships with first responders, they sprang into action to address their needs. With many first responders lacking sufficient supplies of sanitizing products, Prince George’s County-based Bob Hall Distributors purchased over 450 half-gallon bottles of hand sanitizer and donated them to police, fire, and EMT departments in Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles counties. Chesapeake Beverage worked with one of their partners, Patapsco Distilling Company, to make hand sanitizer from excess beer, which was donated to first responders in the area. B.P. Lesky Distributing and Wantz Distributors donated beer to Tenth Ward Distilling to aid in the production of surface disinfectants that have been donated to frontline facilities such as nursing homes, medical facilities and police stations.
On Cinco de Mayo, G&G Distributors provided a much-needed morale boost while also supporting a local business They sent meals from restaurant El Jeffe in Stevensville to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Centreville Police Department. Another teamed up with Kooper’s Tavern in Baltimore and Guinness to provide meals to Johns Hopkins Emergency Room staff while at work. They also donated six-packs of Guinness Baltimore Blonde for the medical professionals to enjoy at home after their shifts—supporting frontline medical workers while boosting a local restaurant. And they’ve teamed up with a local restaurant group to hand out 500 food boxes to restaurant workers every Thursday.
Beer distributors’ commitment to their communities runs deep; it infuses everything they do. Western Maryland Distributing created a server and bartender GoFundMe campaign that raised more than
$17,000 for local hospitality workers in Allegheny County. Katcef Brothers in Annapolis got their employees in on the action when they purchased electric sewing machines and enough materials to make 5,000 PPE masks. They then gave all of their employees opportunities during the workday to sew masks. The masks, which are being made for local medical professionals and underserved communities, have been delivered to Anne Arundel Medical Center, George Washington University Hospital, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and the city of Annapolis.
And on the Eastern Shore, Carey Distributors gave a six-pack of St. Archer Beer to frontline workers to show their appreciation during these long, tough days. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital workers enjoyed a toast.
Beer distributors often say that our employees are not just staff, they are family. In this tremendous time of need, distributors are extending that notion of “family” to all of those who live, work, and serve in our communities and doing what we can to help them.
Matt Lesky, B.P. Lesky Distributing
President, Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association

08/06/2020

DING DING DING! We have a winner. Congrats @casey.g.irwin and thank you for playing.

No correct answers yet (No Trace, Not from Kentucky, No Grass ingredient, Not a Vodka, Is Made in The USA!!! Same rules ...
08/05/2020

No correct answers yet (No Trace, Not from Kentucky, No Grass ingredient, Not a Vodka, Is Made in The USA!!!

Same rules apply, first correct identification of the brand wins some Journal attire. Must be a Beverage Journal Instagram follower to win. Good Luck!

Giving Back (Not Giving Up)… I recently touted my certainty that the good people of the local beverage alcohol trade wou...
08/04/2020
Coronavirus: Chain Reaction

Giving Back (Not Giving Up)… I recently touted my certainty that the good people of the local beverage alcohol trade would impress us all with heart-warming stories of successes amid this health and economic crises. Well, Teddy Durgin, Beverage Journal staff writer, has uncovered one such story that had it's humble beginnings with the members of the Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association. and then quickly spread via the members of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association

The IMC Unit of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is very appreciative of the crab cake platters prepared by Costas Inn and paid for by Drug City Liquors.Off-Premise Establishments Help Front Line Heroes by purchasing Meals from On-Premise Establishments to then be delivered to Healthcare, Law....

Here we go....want to win some Beverage Journal swag? Be the first to correctly identify this image, including what it i...
08/04/2020

Here we go....want to win some Beverage Journal swag? Be the first to correctly identify this image, including what it is, where it resides and on what brand. More hints will follow if no correct answers. (Must be a Beverage Journal Instagram follower to win.). GOOD LUCK!

An important letter to Governor Hogan signed by 15 Senators is encouraging him to continue resisting calls to re-shut do...
07/27/2020
Maryland’s Republican senators back Gov. Larry Hogan on refusal to close businesses, attribute coronavirus spike to protests

An important letter to Governor Hogan signed by 15 Senators is encouraging him to continue resisting calls to re-shut down restaurants and bars because of recent rises in positive COVID tests among adults under 40.

It's important to note that many of the same people calling for shuttering bars and restaurants again were recently encouraging protests and large gatherings ... ???

The Maryland Senate Republican Caucus has thrown its support behind Gov. Larry Hogan’s refusal to reenact statewide restrictions on businesses, issuing a letter to him that claims Democratic officials are “scapegoating” businesses and casts blame for rising rates of COVID-19 positivity on youn...

Contest time ... Where is @bphillips424 in this photo?  First correct answer from a Beverage Journal Instagram follower ...
07/18/2020

Contest time ... Where is @bphillips424 in this photo? First correct answer from a Beverage Journal Instagram follower wins some Journal swag.

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of t...
07/13/2020
Restaurant sales remain well below normal levels, despite May uptick

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

The total shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales likely surpassed $120 billion during the first three months of the pandemic.

Chief's - Your Neighborhood Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical s...
07/01/2020
The COVID-19 Crisis Hasn't Dented Chief's Bar

Chief's - Your Neighborhood Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical storm, when they're traveling … or when there's a global outbreak of a coronavirus. Teddy Durgin recently spoke with David Dent about Chief's history and the place it has in people's hearts, as well as how the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association has been an integral part of Chief's success.

Chief's Bar is the kind of place people REALLY miss going to when there is a snowstorm, a tropical storm, when they're traveling … or when there's a global outbreak of a deadly coronavirus. The business has been a community hub in Tall Timbers, Md., since 1927. David Dent is the second generation ...

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The Maryland and Washington, DC Beverage Journals are the official trade magazines of the beverage alcohol industries of said markets and have been for over 80 years. Subscribers consider our publication the "Bible" of the industry.

Who Reads the Beverage Journal? The Members of the Beverage Alcohol Industry. Who are the Members of the Beverage Alcohol Industry? Owners, managers and employees of Restaurants, Package Stores, Bars, Taverns, Night Clubs, Hotels, Private Clubs, Caterers … anyone with the license to sell Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor. How many of the Members of the Industry read The Beverage Journal Each Month? Approximately 14,000 (we have over 4,000 subscribers with a pass-along readership of 3.5)

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