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29th May 2012

US seasonal beers set to slake summer thirsts

Three new seasonal beers from specialist importer Heathwick are set to slake UK beer drinkers’ growing thirst for American craft beers this summer.

Alongside the latest seasonal beer from increasingly popular US brewer Fordham are the first two beers from Fordham’s sister brewery Old Dominion to reach the UK. The two award winning craft brewers are co-located in Dover, Delaware.

Heathwick has built distribution of Fordham’s three permanent beers and seasonal specialities in pubs, bars and restaurants since their UK launch last year, as well as building brand awareness through its sponsorship of Britain’s top-seeded women’s Beach Volleyball players.

The three beers, in stock from mid-June and available across the summer, are:

Fordham Wisteria Wheat: A 4% ABV craft wheat ale. Unfiltered with a medium body and a soft, velvety carbonation, Wisteria Wheat is brewed with Hefeweizen yeast, pale and wheat malts, Perle and Tradition hops, and a hint of chamomile. It pairs well with fresh salads, seafood and grilled chicken, as well as sharp and tangy cheeses and citrusy desserts.

Old Dominion Beach House Pilsner: A 5% ABV craft pilsner lager, brewed with all natural ingredients including Perle, Tettanger and Saaz Hops. The crisp and refreshing flavour pairs well with salads, spicy Asian cuisine and summer barbecues.

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout: A 5.8% craft stout, made with smoked and peated malts, Willamette and Cascade hops, and dry hopped with vanilla beans and oak chips for a deep stout flavour. Oak Barrel Stout pairs well with oysters, clams, brie cheese and chocolate.


Heathwick Ltd is the importer of


All three beers are available in 355ml bottles, with Wisteria Wheat and Beach House Pilsner also available in kegs. Pubs and bars stocking the keg version are also supplied with a distinctive wooden tap handle, which gives the beers stand out on the bar and encourages customers to try them.

Graham Richardson, general manager of Heathwick, said: “A big part of the appeal of the Fordham beers is that they encourage consumers to ‘try something new’, while their drinkability makes them more accessible than many American craft beers.

“By adding Old Dominion’s seasonal beers, we’re expanding the choice available to operators, helping them to create an American craft offer that will appeal not just to die-hard enthusiasts but also to more mainstream beer drinkers looking for something different this summer.”

To find out more about stocking the range, email .

Notes to editors:

  • Heathwick Ltd imports a range of year-round and seasonal craft ales and lagers from the Fordham Brewing Company located in Dover, Delaware, along with a selection of seasonal brews and soft drinks from sister company, Old Dominion.
  • Fordham and Old Dominion pride themselves on the quality and purity of ingredients used in their beers and are passionate about brewing flavoursome ales and lagers, crafted and balanced to provide the ‘drinkability’ factor.
  • The Fordham range was launched in the UK by Heathwick in Autumn 2011. Current distribution is mainly in London and the South East, as well as on-line. Stockists include Ales by Mail (, Chicago Rib Shack, The Diner Group, Whole Foods Market and the Draft House, Tower Bridge.
  • For more information see or call 01264 854152




Issued on behalf of:                Heathwick Ltd

By:                                           ShielPorter Communications

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