Beer and the ultimate culture that accompanies it are a long standing tradition, both here in the UK and Europe and across the Atlantic in the Americas.
Over the past decade in particular there has been a vast insurgence of craft beers and microbreweries, or rather, the public’s recognition and appreciation for the aforementioned has increased significantly. Today’s consumers are exposed to a much greater variety of products which means they are generally better informed and have a better idea of exactly what it is they want. People are stepping away from the ‘beer is beer’ mentality and beginning to appreciate it in all its flavoursome complexities.
Fordham and Dominion American craft beers sees the merging of two breweries, Fordham and Old Dominion Breweries to create new, and improve on their already established products, aiming to give consumers an “authentic taste of USA heritage.”
I was recently introduced to the brand and samples their range. I was not disappointed, quietly surprised in the most pleasant of manners, to be honest. It’s delicious.
Their whole range is pretty damn good, in particular I feel the need to single out Fordham’s flagship brew the Copperhead, it’s golden and refreshing with a rich taste and is more-ish, dangerously so, I mean it’s made with caramelised malted barley, what’s not to love?
The Helles, their Bavarian style lager is crisp and basically tastes like a summer’s day in the park…. but, I dare say, for me Old Dominion’s Oak Barrel Stout, it’s very light for a stout and not overly bitter, which some stouts are inclined to be. It’s a heavenly combination of chocolatey, vanilla smoke, basically. It’s brewed through the process of dry hopping with vanilla beans and oak chips and the result is that they’ve created a saucy version of the nectar of the Gods and I salute you.
On a side note, they have done a range of soft drinks, just four to keep it simple. An orange cream soda, ginger ale, root beer and wild cherry cola. The big drawing card for these is that they’re all made with cane sugar, or in the root beer’s case pure honey, they’re good even though sometimes a little bit sweet. I don’t love soft drinks, I love beer.
There’s a few places in the UK you can currently get your hands on Fordham and Old Dominion products, have a look via their links below….