Fordhams are a new brewery to me. They are based in Dover, Delaware and their beers are imported into the UK by Heathwick. Fordham Brewing began life in Annapolis in 1995 before relocating to Dover, Delaware in 2003. In 2007 they merged with sister brewing company, Old Dominion so that they could brew in greater quantities while retaining the quality of true craft brewing. They produce a wide range of beers including Double IPA, Expresso Stout, Belgian style trippel, Stout, Porter, Sour beer, and many others.
There are over 1500 craft breweries in the UK but we are importing more American craft beer than ever before. The USA has more than 5000 craft brewers and many are seeing the UK as an outlet. The UK is the second largest export market for US beer, after Canada, with around 10 million pints of American beer drunk here every year.
Dilated Pupilz is a pale yellow pilsner with a slightly toasty aroma. It has a dry, crisp, clean taste with a hint of melon. I think the difference between a cheap industrially brewed lager and a craft lager is that you could drink a craft lager when it has reached room temperature. If you try to drink an industrial lager at anything other than just above freezing it tastes like liquidized cornflakes. This is because cheap lagers are made with adjuncts such as rice and maize which do not add flavour but are cheaper than barley. Dilated Pupilz is made with Vienna and CaraFoam Malts and hopped with Bravo, Tradition and Saaz Hops.
Pilsner is the original lager which was created in the town of Pilsen or Plzen in what is now the Czech Republic. In 1842 Pilsner was first brewed using the bottom fermentation technique and then stored (or lagered) for several weeks. In the UK we tend to see lager as a chap-glugging-drink for people who don’t appreciate craft beers. Very few UK craft brewers offer a lager which I think is a missed opportunity. Not everyone necessarily wants to drink a heavily hopped IPA or a rich dark stout. A good lager is a fine accompaniment to many foods especially Chinese and Thai meals.
Delaware is the home state of US blues-rock singer and guitarist George Thorogood (b. 1950) George is primarily a live performer although some of this albums have reached the lower rungs of the US album chart. So pour yourself a delicious glass of Dilated Pupilz, tuck into a Thai takeaway and singalong with George as he performs this great version of, “I Drink Alone”.