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Hit the Road to Support Women in Craft

Hit the Road to Support Women in Craft

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Enjoy a bottle of wine, pint of beer, or sample local whiskey made by women in Maryland.


Start: Leonardtown

Finish: Mount Airy

Distance: 2 days, 4 stops, 125 miles


Lauren Zimmerman
Lauren Zimmerman, head winemaker of Port of Leonardtown Winery. Photo credit: Lauren Zimmerman

Port of Leonardtown Winery

23190 Newtowne Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

If you ask for a list of notable female winemakers in Maryland, Lauren Zimmerman would most likely be at the top of the list. For the last six years, Lauren has been making the award-winning wines of Port of Leonardtown Winery, a unique cooperative of 12 vineyards in Southern Maryland. The winery is nestled in a repurposed historic building featuring a cozy patio to enjoy the beautiful green space.

Discover more women in wine around the state with “The Women Behind Maryland’s Booming Wine Industry Part 2.” Explore more of Leonardtown and its historic charm with “5 Small Towns in Maryland Every History Lover Should Visit.”


Denizens Brewing
Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno, co-owners of Denizens Brewing Company. Photo Credit: Denizens Brewing Company

Denizens Brewing Co.

1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Denizens Brewing Company’s beer garden in Silver Spring is an excellent place to spend an afternoon. The community-oriented brewery opened in 2014 as the first production brewery in Montgomery County, paving the way for several others. Two of the three co-owners and founders are women: Emily Bruno and Julie Verratti. They have two locations in the area, both offering a diverse line up of core and specialty beers.

Looking for more women run breweries? Visit these “Four Stops to Support Women in Beer.”


Monica Pearce owner and founder of Tenth Ward Distilling Company. Photo Credit: Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Tenth Ward Distilling Company

55 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Head to this distillery in Downtown Frederick for a well-deserved tasting at Tenth Ward Distilling Company. Owner Monica Pearce pursued her passion for whiskey after beginning her career in the environmental science field. She uses her science background to ensure the distillery uses sustainable practices. In addition to their on-premise offerings from the “cocktail lab,” featuring unconventional hand-crafted cocktails, cocktail flights, spirits flights, and bottles to go, Tenth Ward also hosts an event space.

Need a place to stay? Unwind in this private garden cottage located 10 minutes from downtown Frederick–Honeysuckle Cottage is a charming guest cottage nestled in a verdant garden setting.


Melissa Aellen
Melissa Aellen – winemaker and Director of Operational Change of Linganore Winecellars. Photo credit: Melissa Aellen

Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771

Drive through the rolling hills of the Mount Airy countryside to our last craft beverage stop. Wine runs in the family at Linganore Winecellars. Melissa Aellen is a third generation winemaker and ​​Director of Operational Change, steering Linganore in a 100% sustainable direction. Linganore Winecellars is a great place to spread out on the lawn and relax. Check their social pages for their food truck and entertainment schedules.

Hop over to these other wineries in the area with “The Women Behind Maryland’s Booming Wine Industry: Part 1.”

Lead Photo: Tenth Ward Distilling Company

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