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Guinness Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Baltimore

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first Guinness

July 31, 2019 – Guinness, the storied Irish brewer is marking the first anniversary of the opening of its Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore this weekend and a super celebration is planned.

Among the celebratory activities is daily live music at the brewery all week leading up to the anniversary, including a cornhole tournament with prizes on Friday, August 2. On the official day of the anniversary, Saturday, August 3, Country superstar Frankie Ballard will headline a free concert at 7:30pm EDT. Local confectionery legend, Charm City Cakes, will be providing a special Guinness cake and thousands of cupcakes for the party.

First Anniversary Barrel-Aged Grand Cru

In addition to all of the planned festivities, the brewing team has been working on a special beer to mark the milestone: First Anniversary Barrel-Aged Grand Cru. Available exclusively at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery on tap and in 12oz. cans for takeaway, this 10.5% ABV release is a blend of an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels and a Belgian-style Golden Ale aged in rum barrels.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first Guinness brewery in the U.S. in more than 60 years, held a ribbon cutting on August 2, 2018 in Halethorpe, Maryland. (Edwin Remsberg/AP Images for Guinness)

Over the past year, more than 80 unique beers have already been brewed at the new brewery. From a recurring series of favorites, including Guinness IPA, Guinness Milk Stout, Guinness White Ale, and Guinness Blonde – which became the first beer to be available nationally from the brewery last summer – to more limited releases like Nitro Vanilla Cream Ale, Orange and Hibiscus Belgian Ale, Raspberry Kettle Sour, and Belgian Style Apricot Pale Ale, there truly is something for everyone.

Visit Open Gate Brewery

Open Gate Brewery is just 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore and short trips from Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York.  In its first year, more than 400,000 visitors came to taste and take the guided tour of the brewery.  For more information on this weekend’s anniversary celebration schedule and hours of operation check here.

Guinness Sign