Made in Kent
Though the whole world may know about Jell-O, Kool-Aid and Stove Top stuffing, it would probably surprise people to know they are made in Dover. Household names, we take them for granted, so it may surprise even locals to know that some of the things they use every day—and some products that are literally out of this world—are made in their own back yards. Here’s a look.
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When it outgrew its facilities in Annapolis, Maryland, Fordham Brewing Company found an existing bottling and cooling facility in Dover in 2002. In 2007, Fordham merged with Anheuser Busch to create Coastal Brewing, which also brought the Old Dominion brand into the fold this past May.
“Since the consolidation, we’ve increased our annual production from 7,500 barrels to 30,000,” says Coastal’s Gary Williams. “There’s ample property to allow us to expand operations up to 80,000 barrels.” Coastal already plans to expand storage by 4,000 square feet.
The brewery’s 23 employees produce Fordham’s Copperhead Ale and Helles Lager, which are available locally. In total, the brewery produces eight core brands and as many seasonal brews, along with Dominion Root Beer and several private label brands.
Spent grain from the brewing operation is provided to local farmers, which no doubt helps produce laid-back, contented livestock.
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