Old Dominion Heads to Delaware

Last Tuesday I visited Old Dominion Brewing Company in Ashburn for what is likely to be my last time ever.

The company was sold about a year ago to Coastal Brewing, an agglomerate of Fordham (51% owner) and Anheuser-Busch (49% owner). After the buyout, the contract brews at Old Dominion were quickly canceled, including one of my favorite beer duos: Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils and Ale. Then a few months ago they closed the pub at the brewery.

Now they are planning to move all brewing operations to the Fordham plant in Dover, Delaware. It seems odd for beers named Old Dominion to be brewed somewhere outside their namesake state of Virginia. But such, apparently, is the logic of economies of scale.

Jesse, an Old Dominion brewer, pours beers at Old Dominion's last monthly open house.

Jesse (right), an Old Dominion brewer, pours beers at Old Dominion's last monthly open house.

A couple weeks ago, the word from a couple of the brewers was that this would be the last open house. But on Tuesday night the feeling was that it may take a little longer than expected to get everything moved over to Delaware. So maybe they will have one or two more of their “first Tuesday” open houses. If they do, and if you like funky beers, you ought to head over and hope they still have some of the cask conditioned Millennium Ale fermented with brettanomyces. Yowza!

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