The Maryland Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a single adult spotted lanternfly has been found on a trap in the northeast corner of Cecil County near the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware. This is the first confirmed sighting of the invasive species in Maryland, and the department does not believe there is an established population of the pest in the state.
Archives for October 2018
October 13, 2018
“Despite morning, an autumnal chill and having been rescheduled due to a hurricane, the 35th annual Maryland Wine Festival could not be denied Saturday, drawing thousands of revelers to the grounds of the Carroll County Farm Museum.
“We are very pleased. It’s definitely a fall day but there are a lot of people out here enjoying wine,” said Farm Museum Manager Joanne Weant. “We had 4,500 people as of 1:45 p.m.”
Weant would go on to tally 5,500 people in attendance by 6:35 p.m. Saturday…” To read more, click here.
October 9, 2018
“To reduce the number of impaired drivers on Maryland’s roads, Lyft is teaming up with 53 Maryland breweries, wineries and distilleries to offer discounted rides through the on-demand transportation service.
The Ride Smart Maryland Initiative also seeks to promote the Maryland craft alcohol industry while giving patrons an easy way to find their way home.
As part of the program, staff at the participating companies will be given free or discounted Lyft ride coupons to distribute to customers. The coupons vary in dollar amount and were provided by Lyft at no cost to the breweries, wineries and distilleries…” To read more, click here!
As more consumers seek out local breweries, distilleries, and wineries, the potential risk of underage drinking increases. Maryland state law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. In an effort to enforce sales of alcohol to adults, county liquor boards and their enforcement agencies (county liquor inspector, county sheriff, local police, etc.) are authorized to carry out unannounced and undercover, controlled purchases of alcohol using underage agents.
On- and off-premise retail licensees face this enforcement on a regular basis and breweries, distilleries, and wineries have reported that they, too, are experiencing increased compliance checks with regard to underage service. Non-compliant service of minors could result in fines, criminal charges, and suspension of an establishment’s retail beer/wine/liquor license(s).
The following best practices might be worth exploring in the event your business is visited for a compliance check.
ID Check Best Practices
- Train your staff to require ID for any guests who appear younger than a chosen age. For example, all guests at this establishment that appear to be under 35 years old are to have their ID verified prior to service of alcohol. This approach is difficult as there is some difficulty in judging age during a brief interaction, in bad lighting, etc.
- Implement a 100% ID verification policy. There aren’t many reasons not to ask all guests for their ID when they order alcohol in your establishment. This type of policy offers assurance that, when properly implemented, the service staff does not serve alcohol to underage patrons/visitors.
- Daily review of valid birthdates. During pre-opening meetings, or when employees report for their shift, discuss the acceptable, valid date for alcohol service. This step prevents confusion about what birthdate meets the over 21 criteria.
- Unless it is your business practice to provide guests with a wristband or stamp to indicate they have been verified, consider reminding your service team that a drink in-hand does not constitute age verification.
October 2, 2018
“While oft overlooked in comparison to New York and Virginia’s wine scenes, Maryland’s “Charm City” and its nearby wineries are making big waves. Here’s how.
Wedding Crashers told the world “crab cakes and football—that’s what Maryland does!,” but it’s not everything for which the state should be known. Previously overshadowed by New York’s Finger Lakes to the north and Virginia wine country to the south, Maryland is quietly making a name for itself, with the hub of all-vino activity centered squarely in Baltimore…” To read more, click here.