Here’s a secret some craft-beer enthusiasts already know: Some of the best beer in Maryland is brewed in the small Eastern Shore town of Berlin, population less than 5,000.

It’s Burley Oak Brewing Company, founded by Essex native Bryan Brushmiller, who moved to Berlin when he was 17. What began in 2009 as a homebrewing hobby for a recently laid-off Brushmiller has blossomed into a forward-thinking craft-beer company with 16 employees and a number of fans across the Mid-Atlantic region.

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