Fordham Brewing Company - Helles Lager
- ABV: 5.20%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 23
- Serving Temperature: 40-45º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass, Flute, Pint Glass
- Malts: Pale, Carafoam, Munich, Vienna
- Hops: Perle, Tradition
In 1703, England’s Queen Anne commissioned Benjamin Fordham to begin a brewery in America, in her namesake city of Annapolis. As the port city grew, so did the popularity and demand for Fordham’s beer, and he secured a position in the history of the region, becoming one of the city's first aldermen. Sadly, when he passed away in 1716 the brewery was shut down.
For nearly three centuries, the Fordham brewery remained closed. Or should we say, on hiatus? The Fordham name was resurrected in 1995 with the establishment of a new brewery by William Muehlhauser and Jim Lutz. In researching the history of Annapolis area breweries of days gone by, Lutz, currently president and CEO, discovered the story of this once famed brewhouse. As he puts it, “I just went back to see what breweries existed in Annapolis and ran across this Fordham Brewery. I contacted the Fordham family and asked them if we could resurrect their great-great-great-grandfathers name. The family was happy to oblige.”
After five years of strong growth, they moved to a larger facility in Alexandria, VA, and three years later they had outgrown that building too. Fordham’s brewing and bottling operations moved to their current facility in Dover, DE in 2003. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours call (302) 678-4810 or check out their web site at www.fordhambrewing.com.
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