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For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Montgomery County-based beverage companies Astro Lab Brewing, Twin Valley Distillers, and the Urban Winery will be featured on the latest episode of the “What’s Happening MoCo,” podcast. Company representatives will discuss how they started, talk about popular products, and relate their experiences managing during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The featured businesses on the podcast are among a large group of Maryland breweries, distilleries and wineries attending the upcoming Maryland Beer, Wine and Spirit Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Montgomery County Agricultural (MCAG) Fairgrounds.

William Herrera, event and sponsorship coordinator for MCAG, joined the podcast to share specifics about the festival. Along with Mr. Herrera, the insightful discussion included Emma Whelan, co-owner of Astro Lab Brewing; Damon Callis, owner of Urban Winery; and Edgardo Uniga, owner and master distiller of Twin Valley Distillers.

More information about the podcast guests and their operations can be found at:

The Maryland Beer, Wine and Spirit Festival is coordinated by Grow and Fortify. More information about the festival is available at

The newest episode of the What’s Happening MoCo podcast will be available after 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 21.

Episodes of the What’s Happening MoCo podcast include complete live recordings of interviews to ensure an authentic presentation of information.

The on-demand video of the newest episode can be viewed via the What’s Happening MoCo Facebook page at The podcast also can be heard via several popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts at, Spotify, Amazon Music (ask Alexa to play the What’s Happening MoCo podcast), iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts and others.

In past episodes, podcast host Derrick Kenny has talked with guests on a wide variety of subjects. The show’s guests have included elected officials, Montgomery employees who specialize in specific aspects of government, business leaders and entertainers who live in the County. New podcasts are released twice a month.

Residents and others interested in asking a question or suggesting a topic to be addressed in a future episode are encouraged to engage via the Facebook page or via e-mail at [email protected].

What’s Happening MoCo podcast episode archives can be accessed by visiting the podcast’s webpage at

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Release ID: 21-857
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915
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