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Abell Based Brewery Could Begin Production in May

The Charm City Brewing Company would be only the third brewery in Baltimore.

 

Batches of beer could be rolling out from Charm City Brewing Company in Abell by May.

J. Hollis B. Albert III, chief executive officer of Charm City Brewing, said his company is close to signing a lease/purchase agreement with the current owner of 401 E. 30th St. where the company intends to open only the third brewery in Baltimore.

“Having a brewery come back to Baltimore, and especially having it named Charm City, we’ve had nothing but support,” Albert said.  

The brewery is being opened with partners Baltimore-Washington Beer Works, which makes The Raven Beer, and Oliver Breweries, which owns the Pratt Street Ale House.  

Albert also said they are talking with two other companies about producing their beers at the facility, but he wouldn’t say who those companies are.

There will be no consumption on the site, which is across the street from Barclay Elementary School.

He said the company will travel to Canada next week to examine brewing equipment and that if all goes well that equipment could be on site in 65 to 70 days.

He said that would give the brewery the month of April to “work out the kinks” and they could begin production in May.

Albert declined to say how much is being invested in the brewery, but estimated it would create six to eight full time jobs.

The brewery is taking over the 50,000-square-foot space that has been empty since the Beverage Capital Corporation, which made soft drinks at the location, left. He said he was drawn to the building because it already had features such as a 20-foot high ceiling and a quality control room that were needed for a brewery.

“I ran across the site on 30th Street and the site is literally perfect,” Albert  said.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who represents the district where the brewery will be located, said that she and the community are very happy with the idea of  a brewery coming to the neighborhood.

"It's so cool. We've always been the progressive center of Baltimore, now we're leading in beer," Clarke said in an interview in early December.  

ralahinn1 January 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
They could have picked a location not near a school, this would have opened up the opportunity to have tours at the facility followed by tastings. Or they could have opened up a dining area as well.
Dave January 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Tours and tastings are a must. I can't stand having a brewery so close that wouldn't allow for a little sampling of the goods.
Best Waverly January 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM
This is awesome. I think a brewpub is a no-brainer, however I don't think the brewery site has enough space for it. However the now-vacant Northside Bar and Grill (which was once the Waverly Town Hall) would be an ideal location! Waverly Main Street organization: Do your job and start courting this business!!!
baltochick January 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I'm excited to welcome them to Waverly! And I think any neighborhood-based business is going to end up being close to a school. It's not as if breweries are raucous places or make bad neighbors. The building exists and has been long vacant and it will be nice to see it bustling again.
Best Waverly January 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I don't know about long vacant, I remember it was a working plant 2-3 years ago when I lived on 30th st.
Kevin Lynch January 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Apparently there is a state law that prevents brewery owners from owning a retail/restaurant location. Heavy Seas will be having their son own their new brew pub because of it. So hopefully there will be some tours and tastings at this place, but a nearby pub would take some creative accounting.
clifton lomax April 28, 2012 at 09:39 AM
worked at beverage capital white head court for ninteen years laidoff febuary 2010 can i get a jod? clifton59.cl@gmail.com

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