In 1995, the roof of the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD was removed, replaced by a brewhouse, handcrafting fine ales and lagers under the name of Fordham Brewing. (Named in honor of Benjamin Fordham, who was given a charter in 1703 by Queen Anne to establish a brewery in the port city). Soon the new brewery rekindled the city’s old tradition into a passionate following among locals for its artisanal beers. As Fordham’s reputation spread throughout the Chesapeake region, the brewery made the decision to relocate to Dover, Delaware in 2003, where they had room to expand.

In what has become known as the Craft Beer Revolution, the year 1989 stands out as a landmark moment when the Old Dominion Brewing Co. established a brewpub in Ashburn, VA, quickly becoming a production brewery that was named one of the Top 50 Breweries in the U.S. They helped many discovered the joy and wonder of craft beer, inspiring many of the company’s brewers to start successful breweries of their own. Beer from Fordham & Dominion gets a big thumbs up from your favorite Beer of the Month Club!

With shared values and brewing philosophies, Fordham & Dominion joined forces in 2007, consolidating operations in 2009. Delaware is now home to the Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co., where beer lovers come to enjoy F&D’s quality craft beer and sodas.

Copperhead Amber Ale is their flagship beer, an interpretation of the American Amber. Caramelized malts give this beer its sweet flavor and signature copper hue. Bravo hops contribute a slight bitterness to the finish.

Gypsy Lager is made in the tradition of the great German lagers. Munich and Vienna malts provide a honeyed backbone that contrasts with the clean, bitter Perle Hops for a crisp, refreshing beer.

Featured Beer from Fordham & Dominion: Copperhead Amber Ale & Gypsy Helles Lager

AMBER ALE — Fordham Brewery’s Copperhead Amber Ale — This honey-colored honey of a top fermented brew is rich flavored with great full body. Excellent with foods such as roast pork, gouda cheese, pizza and pear fritters.

HELLES LAGER — Fordham Brewery’s Gypsy Helles Lager — This refreshingly crisp German lager is reminiscent of the beer the commoners chose to drink. This particular one is brewed with CaraFoam, Vienna and Munich malts, and Perle hops. Serve in a flute, or in pint or pilsner glasses. Unbeatable when served with salads, mild cheese, seafood or pork. For dessert? Serve with a blueberry trifle or Cranberry-Apple cobbler!

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