Maryland Alcohol Sales Stagnant: Where Will You Get Your Christmas Spirits?

Increased alcohol taxes in Maryland may be forcing customers to drive to Delaware.


Sales of distilled spirits have increased only .2 percent in Maryland since last year—far below the national average of 3.1 percent, according to figures stated in a recent Washington Post blog post.

The post cites the Distilled Council of the United States, which linked the stagnating sales to the increase in taxes on alcohol—from 6 percent to 9 percent.

The chief economist for the council, David Ozgo, is quoted as stating that “Maryland consumers are voting with their feet and making their purchases in Delaware.”

A Capital News Service article reported that sales of distilled spirits near the border of Maryland and Delaware in Cecil County are down 57 percent.

Do you venture to other states like Delaware to purchase alcohol?

Tobin Smith December 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I have nothing against Total Wine but there's a new sheriff in town and its called Old Line Wine and Beer in Beltsville. Try to find a better selection of whisky(ey) and gin in the area or even vermouth for those great Manhattans or Martinis and you'll come up empty. ACE Bev and Schneiders in DC have great selections but a bit hard to get to (and parking at Ace is, well, good luck). Old Line is easy to get to, easy to park at and they have everything I would expect from a liquor, wine or beer store- both high end and low end and in between and a bar/bistro with cool drink menu and food. Just found this place last Friday.
Jenni Pompi December 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Old Line Wine just opened up in Beltsville in October. Here's the profile Patch did after their grand opening in Nov. http://laurel.patch.com/articles/liquor-store-gift-shop-and-bistro-now-open-in-beltsville
Jenni Pompi December 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@Tobin - it's great to hear about your good experience with a local business. You should rate them in Patch's directory. http://laurel.patch.com/listings/old-line-fine-wine-spirits-bistro-7c348929
AntonFisher December 06, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It goes to support LEDC and Casa de Maryland.
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