Guinness Open Gate Brewery Announces Black Eyed Susan Beer Release Event

Rum barrel-aged beer created in collaboration with Tennessee Brew Works

HALETHORPE, Maryland. – (Oct. 19, 2020) – The brewers of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and Nashville-based Tennessee Brew Works have combined talents across state lines to create a beer inspired by Baltimore roots and Irish heritage. The Open Gate Brewery will host a ‘Black Eyed Susan Day’ event on Thursday, October 22 to celebrate the limited-time collaboration beer called the Guinness x Tennessee Brew Works Black-Eyed Susan.

The limited-edition brew is a golden ale with pineapple aged in rum barrels. The cocktail beer concept is on the rise in the beer industry, and this beer is a pure representation of the famous Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. Christian Spears, owner of Tennessee Brew Works, will be on-site to tap the barrels alongside the Guinness brewing team. The Maryland-themed event will feature live jazz music by Tamara Wellons and Band and a special menu to include red curry mussels with local blue crab and crab cake sliders with beer battered fries and Old Bay aioli.

“This collaboration is bigger than just the fruit of this labor–which happens to be a smooth, pineapple ‘cocktail beer.’ It is a story of two American breweries coming together as a community to do what we do best,” said Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer, Guinness Open Gate Brewery. “We’re excited to pay homage to Maryland by reimagining the popular Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. Creative joint efforts like this are the very essence of what Guinness’ American footprint is all about.”

“Working with Guinness is at the top of the list for accomplishments in the beer industry, and Tennessee Brew Works has enjoyed their beer alongside friends and family for as long as we can remember. To collaborate with the historic brewer in Maryland is truly something special,” said Christian Spears, Founder and President, Tennessee Brew Works. “Rum barrels are hard to come by, and together we are able to bring something to the market that is uniquely Maryland, Guinness and Tennessee Brew Works all in one.”

Guests are required to wear masks to enter the property and when moving through the space or standing in line for food, beer or the restroom, but they will not be required at tables. To learn more about how to safely plan a visit to the Open Gate Brewery in line with proactive CDC and Maryland Health recommendations, visit the FAQ website page. As always, adults are expected to drink responsibly and plan a safe way to get home-- they can take advantage of the Lyft lane on property. The Open Gate Brewery will never tow a car overnight so folks do not feel pressured to drive home if they’re unable.

When: Thursday, October 22 from 3 to 9pm.

Where: Guinness Open Gate Brewery located at 5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, MD 21227.


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Tennessee Brew Works opened in 2013 with a mission to create high quality craft beer that pays homage to the land, traditions and culture of Tennessee. They brew beers using only natural ingredients and source them from local farms whenever possible. Tennessee Brew Works is owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. They are guided by their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.” To learn more, visit Tennessee Brew Works at