News Release, Maryland Public Television

Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) Maryland Farm & Harvest features two farms in Southern Maryland (St. Mary’s and Charles counties) during the final episode of the series’ sixth season, airing Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. 

The episode’s theme is locally produced spirits – specifically beer, bourbon, brandy, and rye – made with Maryland farm products.

Located on a former tobacco farm, Tobacco Barn Distillery in Hollywood is a collaboration between long-time friends Dan Dawson, Scott Sanders, and Sean Coogan.  The trio decided to distill bourbon because of the spirit’s long and surprising history in St. Mary’s County.  Head distiller and farm owner Dan Dawson shows off his farm’s corn – less than a week from harvest – before taking viewers through the process of how that corn is transformed into bourbon. 

Vitamin- and protein-rich spent grains, from the bourbon production process, is provided free-of-charge to area farms, including Newport Valley Farm located in Charlotte Hall, Charles County.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...