Rams Head Brewer Closing, Tavern Taps New Brewery To Produce Its Beer


Fordham & Dominion Brewery, which produces Rams Head IPA, said it’s permanently closing. Heavy Seas in Baltimore will now brew Rams Head IPA. Rams Head Tavern, which will remain open, is pictured above in Annapolis. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The brewer of Rams Head beer said it's permanently closing. Every Rams Head location will remain open, however. Only the brewery is closing.

The beer production is returning to Maryland. Rams Head beer will still be available at every Maryland Rams Head location.

Rams Head IPA is produced at Fordham & Dominion Brewery in Dover, Delaware. Fordham and Dominion said it will close its doors after Oct. 28.

"We want to thank everyone who has been part of the success Fordham & Dominion has achieved throughout the years – the brewing and tap room team, the entire Dover community, and everyone who has believed in and enjoyed the beer we’ve brewed for over 25 years," the company said Friday on Facebook.

Heavy Seas in Baltimore will now brew Rams Head IPA, which will only be available at Rams Head. Heavy Seas will also start brewing two new core brands along with legacy brands Copperhead Ale and Dominion Root Beer. 

A Florida brewery will produce Cat 5 Key Lime Lager to be sold at Rams Head Southernmost in Key West and throughout the Sunshine State.

"We look forward to bringing these recipes back to their home state and continue to celebrate the tradition of independent craft brewing," Fordham & Dominion said on Facebook.

Fordham Brewing Company was established in Annapolis in 1995 when the roof was removed from Rams Head Tavern for a brewhouse to be lowered in. The brewery was named after Benjamin Fordham, who got a charter from Queen Anne in 1703 to open a brewery in colonial Annapolis.

Fordham Brewing Company moved to Dover in 2007, joining Old Dominion Brewing Co. to create Fordham & Dominion Brewery.

Rams Head has locations in Annapolis, Crownsville, Stevensville, Glen Burnie and Key West.

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