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Advice about opening a farm distillery in MD or PA?

PSZaas | | Aug 9, 2014 05:02 PM

So I'm trying persuade my sister that it would be profitable for her to open a farm distillery on her fruit farm, which straddles the PA and MD borders west of Baltimore. She and my brother-in-law grow beautiful apples, pears, plums, and peaches, lots of other fruit, sells in farmers markets in Baltimore and in DC, and directly to a number of well-known restaurants. So she certainly has the raw materials to make some good distilled spirits, eaux de vie, fruit brandies, whatever, and she has the ability to distribute what she sells to people who are already used to paying decent coin for her fruit. Does anyone know what legal obstacles she would up against in either Maryland or Pennsylvania? What kind of capital outlay she should anticipate? Farm distilleries are becoming popular in upstate NY, where I live, but I'm completely ignorant about how they might operate (if they can legally operate at all!) in the two states she farms in. Any help out there? TIA.

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