Councilmember Hans Riemer spearheaded a Montgomery County Nightlife Economy Task Force to identify and support improvements to help make the County more attractive to younger people. A direct outcome was changes in state and local laws that today has spawned a craft brewing industry.
On April 13, 2018, Brendan and Bailey O’Leary opened the doors to True Respite Brewing Company at the 7301 Calhoun Place in Derwood.
According to Brendan:
“We’ve had all kinds of support from county entities. They’ve been flexible, understanding, and active in helping us to open True Respite. Councilmember Hans Riemer, in just one meeting assembled specifically for us, brought together representatives from The Montgomery County Council, the Department of Finance, the Department of Economic Development, the Department of Liquor Control, the Department of Permitting Services and the State Comptroller’s Office.
“With the understanding that Montgomery County’s red tape isn’t so thick for local craft breweries anymore, it became clear to us that this is the best place in the country to be opening a brewery. It’s a great community with strong demographics. Now we have the opportunity to start a Montgomery County business in an industry that has had consistent strong, sustained growth in local markets across the country.”
At the opening, Hans noted: “We’re trying to follow the entrepreneurs because the entrepreneurs are the ones who take the risks, they have the dreams and they’re putting the hard work in. Our job is just to get government out of the way and let them succeed.”
Hans pointed out that there are nine breweries either in place or on the way in Rockville, Silver Spring and area farmland communities in the county.
“We’re revitalizing a lot of communities, bringing in a lot of investment and creating a much better quality of life, based on what the entrepreneurs in this sector are doing.”