Progress: May

We may have been a tad optimistic when we predicted a June opening for the brewery. June is here and now it is looking like an early-August for the tasting room in the best-case scenario. We’re getting really excited about the prospect of actually getting to brew...

Progress: April

Sapwood Cellars made took several massive steps in April! The big news was that we received our Federal Brewer’s Notice from the TTB! It turned out that it wasn't too difficult. For example, they didn't take issue with the drawings we submitted simply having an area...

Progress: March

Sapwood Cellars is still on track for a summer opening, although our current timeline is looking more like July than June at this point. We’re still waiting on our federal license, and the Maryland license is on hold until we receive it. In March we took...

Progress: February

  On February 16th the first “official” Sapwood Cellars test batches were briefly available to the public at the Love Thy Beer Winter Warmer Showcase. The response to Scott’s Concentrated (white wine double IPA) and Mike’s Cheater Hops: Citra Galaxy (hazy IPA) was...

Progress: January

Government-involvement is the most significant differentiator between craft brewing and homebrewing. So importantly we submitted the first of our three-levels of licensing with the federal TTB Brewer’s Notice! Filling out the online forms wasn’t daunting...

Sapwood Cellars Progress: December

After 18 months of thinking, writing, and planning we’ve finally reached the “action” phase of opening Sapwood Cellars! On December 18th we met with the landlords, shared a few test brews, and picked up the keys to the brewery. Luckily for us, the building already...

Brewery Location Announcement

Sapwood Cellars has found a home in Columbia, MD!   After a year-long search, we’ve found the perfect location for the Sapwood Cellars brewery and tasting room: 8980 MD-108 Columbia, MD! This particular site won us over with its spacious 7,200 sq ft, high ceilings,...

Our Beers

Available Beers When the tasting room is finally open, you'll find our full draft list here. We'll produce a wide range of beers, but almost all of them will fall into two categories. Sap: Fresh Hoppy Beers Despite what you may have heard about IPAs being created by...

Historically and Scientifically Minded

Sapwood Cellars looks to the ancient past and the distant future for brewing inspiration.   There is value in what is gleaned from pre-industrial tradition and the scientific method. Folk-production often has things to teach us; the key is to tease out truth from...


What People are Saying

Lastest Interview

We were recently featured on a podcast by @goodbeerhunting where we discussed starting a brewery and hazy hoppy beer. Pour one and have a listen!


About Scott Janish

A beer writer and researcher, Scott does deep dives into the scientific literature of brewing and applies it to modern day brewing practices. Check out his work here! Scott is currently writing a book tentatively titled, “The New IPA: Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor.”





About Michael Tonsmeire

Michael writes The Mad Fermentationist blog and the Advanced Brewing column for Brew Your Own Magazine. His book, American Sour Beers (Brewer’s Publications, 2014) is a resource for homebrewers and craft brewers alike. He worked as a consultant for Modern Times and a dozen other craft breweries before starting his own.



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