Frederick was well represented at the 2017 American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Conference & Expo. The annual conference and trade show welcomed attendees from all over the country and supports the craft distilling industry. The Department of Economic Development partnered with the Tourism Council of Frederick County and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to jointly exhibit at this year's show. The exhibit provided the opportunity to educate attendees on the 3 Reasons to Open Your Distillery in Frederick, Maryland:
1. Supportive Local Laws & Friendly Business Climate
In 2013, The City of Frederick updated City zoning codes to allow small wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Downtown Frederick area, paving the way for these growing industries to boom locally. This means a craft distillery can open right in the heart of Downtown Frederick, nearby all of the restaurants, shops, and more. Outside of the City, the county is updating laws to grow this industry as well.
2. Craft Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries Thrive in Frederick
Frederick County is home to over 25 wineries, breweries, and distilleries, making it a destination with a reputation for sipping and sampling. In just over a year, six new distilleries and craft breweries have opened in Frederick. A local group of craft beverage entrepreneurs meet regularly, helping to support each other and jointly market. Thanks to a collaborative spirit, local economic development organizations, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and tourism all work together to support and promote this industry.
3. Strong Tourism Destination
Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland. Visitors to Frederick County spend on average over $1 million a day. Additionally, more than 1.7 million people visit the county each year. The Tourism Council of Frederick County actively promotes and markets the craft beverage industry as a major visitor attraction, ensuring the right visitors for your business are making their way to the area.