Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
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|Annual production volume||27,000 US beer barrels (32,000 hL) (2006)|
The brewery produces two brands, the Fordham brand and the Dominion brand, under one operation. Since 2007 the two breweries joined together as one business and by 2009 both brands were then produced together in Dover, Delaware. The brewery, as a whole, brews over 20 different styles of beer, both year-round and seasonal products. The brewery also makes specialty soda under the Dominion name, including Root Beer, Orange Cream, Black Cherry, and Ginger Ale.
From 1996 to 2006, Old Dominion hosted an annual beer festival that showcased small brewers from around the region, as well as some breweries from around the US and Europe. The festival featured more than 50 breweries and live music. The three-day event was held each year on the last full weekend of June; management and organization of the festival was given over to Vintage 50, which now hosts the event twice a year, in June and October.
Old Dominion has been fertile ground for producing high quality brewers, such as: John Mallet at Bell's Brewery, Ron Barchet at Victory Brewing Company, Matthew Hagerman and Favio Garcia at Lost Rhino Brewing Company, and Kenny Allen at Old Ox Brewery.
Bailey put Old Dominion up for sale in the mid-2000s. No serious offers to purchase the company were made until 2007, when Fordham Brewing of Annapolis, Maryland offered to purchase the company, financed in part by Anheuser-Busch (AB) for a minority stake in the two breweries, to form Coastal Brewing Company. The majority of Coastal is owned by Fordham Brewing Company, owned by Bill Muhlhauser (owner of both Fordham and the Ram's Head Taverns of Maryland) and other partners. Anheuser-Busch's purchase stake gave them no control of either of the two breweries, nor any input or influence on brewery recipes, nor oversight of any day-to-day management. The brewery also owns its own distribution rights.
Old Dominion also operated a brewpub at the Ashburn brewery, which was closed in August 2008, primarily due to ongoing losses directly related to the overall U.S. economic downturn, as well as being suboptimally located for sustainably successful restaurant sales.
Immediately after the sale, the brewers at Old Dominion worked with the brewers at Fordham for several months to ensure a consistent recipe transition. After the breweries combined operations, Coastal Brewing increased its focus on Old Dominion's core/popular brands. Their most popular series is their newest Pinup Series. Candi, their Belgian Tripel won Gold in the 2014 World Beer Cup. Also noted for the Double D Double IPA. Contrary to some accounts, AB-InBev had no input or influence on these decisions; they were solely based on economic concerns over the contract brands failing to meet sales expectations.
In May 2009 all brewing operations, combined with those of Fordham Brewing, were moved to a new facility in Dover, Delaware. The current core brands of the brewery continue to sell briskly in both the on-site and packaging ends, and can be found as the "house" brews at many locations throughout the DC Metro area, including the Great American Restaurant chain (except for the Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, Virginia), Verizon Center, and Nationals Park. Old Dominion continues to host various brew sampling and cask events throughout the DC-MD-VA-DE-NJ-PA metropolitan area, maintaining their status as a Mid-Atlantic regional brewer, and their Oak Barrel Stout and Pinup Series brands remain popular sellers in the packaging end of the line, available at several retail and grocery chains,bars and retailers in their regions.
As of January 2011, Jim Lutz (former VP of sales and marketing at Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, MD), took over as the new President and CEO of Coastal Brewing.
- Fordham Gypsy Lager 5.0%
- Dominion Double D Double IPA 9.0%
- Dominion Oak Barrel Stout 5.5%
- Dominion Hop Lips IPA 6.0%
- Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel 10.0%
- Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout 9.0%
- Fordham Route 1 Session IPA 4.5%
- Fordham Copperhead Ale 5.0%
- Fordham Rams Head IPA 7.5%
Seasonal beers include:
- Dominion Octoberfest (August) 5.6%
- Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager (March) 5.2%
- Dominion Gigi's Farmhouse Ale (June) 7.2%
- Dominion GPA Grapefruit Pale Ale (June) 6%
- Dominion Millennium Barleywine (November) 11%
- Dominion Black IPL (January) 5%
- Fordham Wisteria Wheat (May) 5%
- Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale (August) 6.5%
- Fordham Rosie Parks Oyster Stout (September) 5%
- Fordham Doppelbock (December) 8%