Fordham Brewing Company - Tavern Ale

Fordham Brewing Company - Tavern Ale

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Fordham Brewing Company - Tavern Ale

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  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass or Mug
  • Malts:

    Pale, Wheat, Munich, CaraAmber, CaraMunich, Carafoam
  • Hops:

    Bravo, Cascade, Crystal
Expect an attractive, very slightly hazy, amber/deep-copper color on the pour, with a good-sized light tan head that drops some lace as you go. On the nose, there’s a fairly strong caramel and doughy biscuit malt aroma joined by some citric hops. The flavor profile is rather complex, with those doughy caramel malts forming the backbone while a somewhat spicy, grapefruit-like hop character comes to fore amidst a fairly pronounced bitterness. Any light residual sweetness that might have been around is dried out nicely on the finish where the hop bitterness hangs on for a while. We recommend this brew as an excellent accompaniment to asiago and parmesan crusted chicken. Cheers!

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. However, when he passed away in 1716 the brewery was shut down, and that’s how it stayed for almost three centuries.

The Fordham name was brought back in 1995 (with the permission of Fordham’s great-great-great-grandchildren) with the establishment of a new brewery by William Muehlhauser and Jim Lutz. 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

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