A panel discussion centered on the local economic impact of craft breweries on the Eastern Shore will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Salisbury University Downtown Art Gallery, 212 W. Main St., Salisbury, Maryland.

The panel, moderated by Don Rush, of Delmarva Public Radio, will cover topics ranging from the current legislative environment for craft beer and Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Reform on Tap Task Force to the economic impact of breweries and beer festivals on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The panel will include area professionals, politicians and brewers including Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Bill Chambers; Len Foxwell, of Maryland’s Office of the Comptroller; Shawn Smith, of RAR Brewing; Jason Hearn, of Tall Tales Brewing; Blake Benn, of Hooper’s Tap House; Ann McGinnis Hillyer, of Shore Craft Beer; and Melanie Pursel, of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

The hour-long panel discussion will precede a craft beer tasting reception hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and Shore Craft Beer. February has been deemed “FeBREWary, Craft Beer Lovers Month” on Delmarva and throughout the state of Maryland, and the panel and reception will celebrate craft brewing as a key driver of the local and state economies.

A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salisbury University Downtown Art Gallery.

The panel discussion is free to attend; and tickets for the reception, featuring tastes from 12 local craft breweries, are $50 regular admission and $40 members and can be purchased at salisburyarea.com.