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Sapwood Cellars

We are dually focused on barrel-aged mixed-fermented beers and fresh hoppy ales. Founded on our shared passions for brewing science, delicious flavors, and the craft of beer production, we brew beers that are balanced, drinkable, and highly aromatic without tongue-scraping bitterness or piercing sourness. Beer should be a pleasure to savor, not a challenge to conquer!

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Brewing in Columbia, Maryland!

Sapwood Cellars

Sapwood Cellars
8980 Rt. 108
Columbia, MD

Any beer you want, so long as it is hoppy!

Any beer you want, so long as it is hoppy!

May Can Release Pre-Orders Start Now! This month's can release is all about hops! We have three beers available in 4-packs for pre-order: Rings of Light (5% Pale Ale, $16), Cheater Hops #12 (7.2% IPA, $18), and The Dragon (8.2% DIPA, $20). Details on each beer are...

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The Great Pivot: Draft to Packaging

The Great Pivot: Draft to Packaging

First Crowlers - Now Cans In February 90% of our sales were draft pours in our tasting room... in April it is 0%. We (Scott, Mike, Ken, Spencer and a couple of the bartenders) have been labeling, filling, seaming, and sanitizing about 500 cans a day... one at a time....

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Barrel-Aged Fun

Barrel-Aged Fun

Barrel-Aged Fun Barrel-aged sours take a huge amount of planning and time behind the scenes. Especially now that we are up to 50 barrels filled, we have beers at each stage of development. 365.24 (a blend of gin-barrel-aged rice saison and wine-barrel-aged sour...

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Latest Coverage


Scott Janish and Michael Tonsmeire may sometimes disagree on brewery matters, but they will never disagree on the greatness of 3 Fonienen’s Oude Gueuze. The Belgian beer is their choice if stranded on a faraway island with endless cases of only one beer.


Baltimore Business Journal

Howard County brewery will double production, add canning line. 

“We do growlers now, but cans are so much easier,” says Sapwood Cellars co-owner Michael Tonsmeire. 



[First Blush] is fermented using a combination of Sapwood’s two house mixed cultures, along with Old Westminster’s yeast and chardonnay pomace. 


Guide to Coffee Beers

As we designed the recipe for Bangun (which is Indonesian for wake up!) our intention was to create a summer coffee beer that drinks more like fresh cold brew coffee than a heavily roasted coffee stout.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take reservations for large groups?

We’re happy to reserve tables for larger parties. For groups larger than 20, we’d appreciate a week’s notice (email info@sapwoodcellars.com) if possible to add another bartender to the staff.

Can I rent the tasting room for a private event?

The tasting room is available for private events. For nights we aren’t usually open (Monday-Tuesday) we have a minimum hourly tab. For nights we are usually open (Thursday-Sunday) the reservation rate goes up significantly to account for lost revenue. Please contact info@sapwoodcellars.com or call us for more details.

Are pets allowed?

Our lease currently doesn’t allow pets in space (which is why you won’t see Scott’s dog Millie around.) We’re hoping that we’ll eventually be able to have a monthly Bring Your Own Dog Saturday.

Do you have food?

We have a low priority food license that allows us to serve non-alcoholic drinks, pre-packaged snacks from Roots Market, and sandwiches from The Lunchbox Lady. We almost always have a food truck in front. You can check the homepage under “Events and Food Trucks” for this week’s schedule. On the rare chance that we have a late cancellation, delivery menus are available for local restaurants. You are also welcome to bring your own food to eat in the tasting room.

Can I get a tour?

No guarantees, but one of us is happy to show you around if we have time. Ask one of the bartenders and they’ll check.

Do you sell beer to go?

We sell 32 oz ($3) and 64 oz ($5) growlers that can be filled to order. Most beers are $11 for 32 oz and $21 for 64 oz (with an upcharge for beers that cost more by the glass). You are welcome to bring your own growler, as long as it conforms to legal requirements (has the government warning). Currently, we don’t do crowlers, but we do have occasional releases of hoppy beers in cans and barrel-aged sours in bottles!

Hours of Operation

4 - 6 PM

1:00-3:30 PM

Delivery Receiving Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10 AM- 6 PM

Drop Us a Line

Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

 (443) 542-9304

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