Beer of the Week: Old Dominion Brewing Company

In this installment of the “Beer of the Week” series, I highlight Old Dominion Brewing Company from Dover, Delaware.

“Beer of the Week” is inspired by the weekly beer special at Magruder’s, my go-to DC beer store. On a recent Friday evening, an Old Dominion brewery rep was at Magruder’s to pour samples of their Bomber Girl brews:

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  • Double D IPA is an Imperial India Pale Ale “flaunting sultry guava, mango, and tropical fruit aromas as a result of dry hopping with Citra, Zythos and Crystal hops…this double delights with smooth warming alcohols and a torrid finish.” (9.0% ABV, 90 IBUs)

Dominion Double D

  • Morning Glory Espresso Stout is a “robust espresso stout brewed with locally roasted coffee beans. Chocolate, crystal, smoked, and wheat malts contribute to the rich body and flavor. Bravo hops provide the bitterness and clean fruit notes” (9.0% ABV, 60 IBUs)

Dominion Morning Glory

They were also pouring Rams Head IPA (7.5%) from Fordham Brewing Company, a West Coast style IPA brewed with Pale, Munich and Rye malts, and Bravo, Chinook and Motueka hops. Rams Head IPA challenges drinkers to “Defy the ordinary. Take life by the horns.”

Dominion and Fordham consolidated operations in 2009, and Magruder’s had both brands on sale for $29.99 per case. Great price for this strong brew — it pays to buy local!

I filled a case with two six-packs of Double D and one six pack each of Morning Glory and Rams Head IPA. The excellent Double D has become one of my favorites, and Rams Head IPA is solid. I’ll savor this case.

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