Rams Head IPA is an aggressively hopped, West Coast style India Pale Ale. Asserting its dominance with 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV, this beer contains pale, munich and rye malts, as well as Bravo, Chinook and Motueka hops. Rams Head IPA represents a departure from Fordham’s characteristic sessionability, challenging drinkers to “Defy the ordinary. Take life by the horns.”
This beer is particularly poignant, as it has provided the occasion to share the history of the Fordham Brewing Co. Named after Benjamin Fordham, Maryland’s first brewer, the brewery has always embraced the ethos of defying the ordinary, as Benjamin Fordham did when he immigrated to the United States in 1703 in support of the fledgling colony. When the Maryland- based Rams Head restaurant opted to open a brewery, they chose to honor this spirit of adventure.
The Fordham Brewing Co. launched in the downtown Annapolis Rams Head in 1995, mere blocks from where Benjamin Fordham first brewed. After experiencing a 54% growth increase in 2002, the company made the decision to expand the scope of operations and separate from the restaurant, moving from Annapolis to a brand new facility in Dover, Delaware. When given the option to purchase the Old Dominion Brewery from Jerry Bailey in 2007, the brewery jumped at the chance to do something that no one else had done: merge two craft breweries while maintaining their separate identities. The leadership made the decision to take on the demands of a two-brand company, because it was out of the ordinary and because it challenged expectations.
President and CEO of Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Jim Lutz, stated, “We have recently been coming to terms with who we are as a company. Rams Head IPA has given us the opportunity to embrace our past, while telling the craft beer world who we are: two brands, one company. We are the Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. and we are defying the ordinary.”
Rams Head IPA will be available in six-packs and on draft. It will hit shelves and taps in the Mid-Atlantic region in January 2013.