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Proposed Cambridge Brewery Looks To Boost Local Economy

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - JT Merryweather's dream of opening his micro-brewery, Realerevival Brewing in Cambridge is coming closer to reality.

A new bill allowing a micro-brewery license in Dorchester County will take effect June 1st.

"It was a common sense thing like, 'wow, if we change this bit of legislation we can go ahead and have more jobs here,'" said Merryweather.

With that goal in mind, Merryweather has outlined plans to change the atmosphere so his business survives on Poplar Street.

Merryweather says that "you've got to have curb appeal to reach your customers."

For the company to move into the area, Merryweather says it came down to the economic departments in Cambridge. They say the bigger picture could result in an economic boost the entire city.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley tells WMDT that she is "excited about the prospect of adding a new business to Cambridge."

Chef Ian Campbell, who owns Bistro Poplar says he is excited about the prospect of Realerevival coming to the city.   

"What these guys are trying to do goes hand-in-hand with what we're trying to do here," said Campbell.

To further expand the city of Cambridge, Merryweather wants to "get our beer out there. We can hit a whole bunch of outside markets. I can have my beer sold from Baltimore to Ocean City.

"For us, that's a form of marketing."

Merryweather says his brewing company will add seven jobs in the next year.  Also, the cost to re-do the entire building, from the inside out, will cost approximately $70,000.

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