Small Bites: Breweries Generated $637 Million in Maryland Last Year

Plus: Ranking Maryland’s favorite Halloween candies; new unlimited tapas night at TapaBar


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Brewing equipment inside the lower level of Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring.

Andrew Metcalf

Breweries generated $637 million and 6,500 jobs in state last year

Maryland brewers generated $637 million and supported 6,541 jobs in 2016, Montgomery Community Media reported. The statistics come from a Bureau of Revenue Estimates economic impact study released at a Reform on Tap Task Force meeting on Wednesday.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot heads the task force and noted the figures reveal craft beer is “one of our state’s most important and fastest growing economic engines” but urged reform to keep up with other states, according to Montgomery Community Media.

Montgomery County has seen a surge in breweries in recent years. Breweries that are open in the area include Denizens Brewing Co., 7 Locks Brewing, Wardeca Brewing Co., Saints Row Brewing and chain breweries Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom.  Astrolabe Brewing, True Respite Brewing Co. and Parallel World Brewing Co. plan to open over the next year.

TapaBar announces unlimited “Tapa Tuesday,” unlimited brunch

TapaBar is starting a new unlimited tapas dinner. Every Tuesday, diners can order any number of tapas for a fixed price of $35 per person from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Woodmont Triangle restaurant. Bottles of wine can be added for $25, and kids younger than 8 can get unlimited tapas for $15.

Along with the Tuesday dinner, TapaBar is amending its brunch program to include an unlimited tapas option as well. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, unlimited tapas will be $30 per person, and unlimited mimosas and gazpacho Bloody Marys will cost $15.

Le Pain Quotidien to open in Cabin John Shopping Center

Bakery-restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien will open another location in Cabin John Shopping Center, local retail blog Store Reporter reports. The Brussels-based company serves bread, pastries, salads and other items. It has locations in Bethesda Row, Wildwood and Friendship Heights.

Several other restaurants are planned for the Potomac shopping center, including Shake Shack and Cava.

Milky Way is Maryland’s most popular Halloween candy

Halloween is just around the corner, and people are stocking up on sugary supplies for trick-or-treaters. The most popular candy for Marylanders is Milky Way, according to a map released by CandyStore.com. More than 38,000 pounds of the chocolate bars are sold in the state each year in the months leading up to Halloween. The second and third most popular are Reese’s Cups and Blow Pops, respectively.

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