A free app to track Maryland’s craft drink options

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A new free app makes it easy for craft drink enthusiasts to keep up with all of the state’s options. It’s called the Maryland Craft Beverages app and is available at Apple and Google Play stores.

There are now over 300 craft beverage makers in Maryland, from small teams to large operations, and their numbers keep growing. Most of them profit economically from visits and sales on the spot.

A new free app makes it easy for craft drink enthusiasts to keep up with all of the state’s options. It’s called the Maryland Craft Beverages app and is available on Apple and Google Play stores.

“It’s a guide to all the craft beverage producers in Maryland that offer a customer experience. The app offers trails and passports, ”said Annapolis-based Jim Bauckman Grow and strengthen, a consulting company that works with agricultural companies and has contributed to the development of the application.

A free app to track craft beer options. (Courtesy Grow & Fortify)

“The goal is for you to be able to keep a list of all the breweries, wineries and distilleries you’ve visited. You can track the products you have tasted. And you can actually be rewarded for visiting some of our members by participating in the passport programs, ”he said.

The app also collects useful data on consumer trends regarding traffic and location preferences.

The app replaces an annual card that was previously produced jointly for the Brewers Association of Maryland, the Maryland Distillers Guild, and the Maryland Wineries Association, as in recent years the card would be out of date and exclude open trades after printing.

The app was funded in part by a grant from the Agricultural Marketing Department of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Maryland’s craft beverage industry includes traditional breweries and wineries, as well as spirits distilleries and, more recently, those that make fermented hard cider.

There are also producers of mead, considered by some to be the oldest known alcoholic drink in the world.

“It’s basically a wine that is made from honey. You use honey as a fermentable extract. We have several mead makers here in the state exploring more traditional still meads, as well as sparkling and carbonated meads, exploring this historic beverage in an innovative and engaging way, ”said Baukman.

Grow & Fortify has links to the free download for the Maryland Craft Beverages Online App.

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