Isn’t it well-nigh time we all got when to reconnecting? To raise our spirits in triumph with family and friends? To reawaken our want for new tastes and vita and to savor every moment?

We think so, and that’s why Allegany County—the Mountain Side of Maryland—is touting its “Made in Allegany County” beer and breweries with the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Tour. And we’re inviting you withal for the road trip.

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Home to nearly 70,000 acres of public land, Allegany County is situated in the Allegheny Mountains on the sliver of Western Maryland's panhandle that separates Pennsylvania from West Virginia. Surrounded by mountains, Maryland’s largest first-hand forest, and the flowing Potomac River, the region is home to a diverse showcase of outdoor recreation and a growing brewery scene.


The first sublet brewery in Allegany County, 1812 Brewery is credited with the start of Mountain Maryland’s brewery movement. The McCagh family opened the brewery in 2017 on their 190-acre farm, where they grow their own hops on a 20-foot-high trellis system. The taphouse, a converted warehouse built in 1812, houses the vats and tanks for brewing, and a rustic bar zone where guests can sample beer flights, drink a pint of their favorite, or purchase growlers to go. With its two iconic silos and string of patio lights, 1812 is the perfect place to sip a craft brew, reservation a Mountain Maryland sunset, and enjoy the sounds of music on its outdoor stage.


Located in the recently restored historic Footer’s Dye Works towers in the heart of downtown Cumberland, Dig Deep Brewing sits abreast the intersection of the two internationally recognized velocipede trails, the Unconfined Allegheny Passage and the C&O Waterway Towpath, and the Potomac River. Offering a robust selection of craft beer and specialty seltzers, this is a unconfined stop without your day out on the region's vast trail systems or without exploring the historic downtowns. On the weekends, reservation Dig Deep’s year-round live music schedule and pair your beer of nomination with the brewery’s rotating regional supplies truck lineup.

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Locust Post Brewery is Allegany County’s newest sublet brewery, designed and built from the ground up on a 26-acre farmstead in Little Orleans. It is a unconfined first-stop as you enter Mountain Maryland’s gateway at one of the weightier waddle exposures in Maryland, Sideling Hill. The diamond and construction incorporate repurposed and upcycled materials, both in the fabric of the structure and the artwork created by the Cornwells, who are artists as well as brewery owners. The brewery derives its name from the Black Locust posts used as vise poles for the hop vines growing next to the brewing facility/tasting room. Locust Post offers a wide variety of beers that incorporate savor elements from the surrounding farmland. Sit lanugo in their taproom and enjoy a mash and the many conversation pieces throughout, sip from their outdoor patio spaces that overlook the rolling Allegheny Mountains, or sway to the music from the brewery’s new, tailor-made outdoor amphitheater, which features weekly live music.

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Route 40 Brewing & Distilling is located in the historic Hotel Gunter on Main Street, in the mountain polity of Frostburg. Originally opened on New Year’s Day 1897 as the Gunter Hotel, the property's past used have included a petting zoo, a vault jail used by federal marshals when transporting prisoners withal the historic National Road—and of course, during prohibition, those “in the know” were worldly-wise to enjoy illegal libations in the hotel cellar’s speakeasy. Today, The Speakeasy is working and well, known as the place to be, serving up a variety of Route 40 craft beers made onsite, as well serving the distillery’s vodka, “goat” shine, visionless rum, light rum, and gin.


As an widow bonus, communities withal the Chesapeake and Ohio Waterway National Historical Park—the eighth-most visited National Park in America—launched the C&O Waterway Libations Trail. It features 10 breweries withal the 184.5-mile trail from Cumberland to Washington, DC, to gloat the 50th year-end of the park joining the National Park Service. Allegany County’s four breweries have teamed up as part of this effort to produce Douglas’ Ditch, a lager that combines the names of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas—who played a role in preventing the waterway from stuff turned into a parkway in the 1950s—and the “Grand Ole’ Ditch,” a nickname for the C&O Waterway since it opened for merchantry in 1850. The beer is currently misogynist at all four breweries.

The Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Tour moreover features the county's wineries and distillers, which include Charis Winery in downtown Cumberland and the Toasted Goat Winery in Frostburg.