Harford County Liquor Control Board News

Long-serving Harford liquor board member Vernon Gauss steps down

Posted March 24, 2016 - For Vernon L. Gauss Jr., who has spent nearly eight years on the Harford County Liquor Control Board, including the past year as its vice chairman, Wednesday's board meeting was bittersweet, as he bid fellow board members and the staff farewell.

"I hate to say goodbye; I've seen a lot happen with this board," said Gauss, who was attending his final meeting. "I'm retired, but I'm around if anyone needs me to help out."

Gauss' third term on the board will end April 4. He wanted to continue, but County Executive Barry Glassman did not reappoint him.

Harford liquor board grants license to Edgewood's Tacos Tijuana

Posted December 15, 2015 - A new Mexican restaurant, Tacos Tijuana, at an Edgewood location which has seen past troubles with county liquor inspectors, was granted a liquor license last week by the Harford County Liquor Control Board.

New member takes seat on Harford liquor control board

Posted April 10, 2015 - Cheryl Davis Kohl was sworn in Wednesday as the newest member of the Harford County Liquor Control Board.

A former state delegate, Kohl replaces Sandi Tunney, who chose not to seek reappointment after nine years on the board, the last two as chairwoman.

Sandi Tunney bids farewell as Harford liquor board leader

Posted April 2, 2015 - Sandi Tunney, who has led Harford County's liquor control board since 2013, bid farewell to the group Wednesday.

Tunney oversaw her last liquor board meeting that day, and her fellow commissioners recognized her contributions.

"She has done a remarkable job in this county," Thomas Fidler said as the meeting got started.

Tunney has been a liquor board member since 2006; she took over as chairwoman after Donald Hess stepped down.

Tunney told the board: "It has been an absolute pleasure working with all of you."

Harford Liquor Board issues $4,750 in fines for serving a minor

February 2, 2015 - Nearly $5,000 in fines were assessed Wednesday against Harford businesses that sold alcoholic beverages to an underage police cadet during a compliance test a few days before Christmas.

Harford's liquor compliance results mixed, with 2015 off to a bad start, liquor board says

Posted Jan 19, 2015 - The majority of Harford County businesses passed a liquor compliance test last year, although 2014 closed on a bad note with half of the businesses tested, including two new ones, failing.

Harford liquor inspector Charles Robbins and liquor board member Tom Fidler said Tuesday they were especially surprised to see servers at Birroteca and Steelefish, which opened within the past year, willing to serve alcohol to an underage cadet during a Dec. 20 compliance test.

Harford County Liquor Control Board puts limit on how many samples a person can have per visit

Posted January 13, 2015 - The recent surge in growler refills and wine, beer and alcohol tastings, coupled with the request from one licensee, prompted the Harford County Liquor Control Board to approve a rule at its Wednesday meeting to limit alcohol tastings to six samples per person, per visit.

Tastings of spirits or cordials will be limited to two per person.

Mike Scheuerman, of Abingdon's Friendship Wine & Liquor, urged the board to establish the rule, explaining it has been difficult to control the number of people lining up at the store's new growler station.

Harford Liquor Board supports change in residency rules

Posted February 27, 2014 - Harford County's Liquor Control Board has thrown its support behind legislation pending before the Maryland General Assembly that would alter the requirements for holding an alcoholic beverage license in Harford County.

Joseph Snee, a Bel Air lawyer who represents several alcoholic beverage establishments in Harford County, asked the liquor board members to support the legislation during an appearance at the board's Feb. 19 meeting.