ST. MICHAELS — The Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company has announced the September re-release of Rosie Parks Oyster Stout, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Oyster Stout formerly was in the Fordham & Dominion portfolio and retains a loyal group of followers. Containing Chesapeake Bay oysters and shells, contributing to a slight briny taste in the beer, this stout contains pale, torrified wheat, caramunich, roasted barley and chocolate malt. In addition, it is hopped with Bravo and Glacier hops. Black and 5.2% ABV, this beer is designed to pair well with oysters.

Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company made the decision to bring back its popular oyster stout recipe to promote an important cause. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum maintains the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which once dredged the Chesapeake Bay for oysters and recently underwent a three-year restoration. The skipjack is part of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, with all the museum’s boats in need of continual maintenance. Originally built by in 1955 by Bronza Parks, Rosie Parks is one of the least altered skipjacks still in existence.

“The decision to honor Rosie Parks and support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum with a portion of the specialty beer sales was easy,” said Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company Vice President of Sales Giuseppe Desilvio. “CBMM is a world-class museum doing important restoration work on Rosie Parks and others in its floating fleet. We decided to brew Rosie Parks Oyster Stout in response to consumer demand but also to help future generations understand the cultural history of our Chesapeake maritime community.”

“We are grateful to again be partnering with Fordham & Dominion with the re-release of Rosie Parks Oyster Stout,” CBMM President Kristen Greenaway said. “CBMM’s festival-goers will be thrilled to have the oyster stout back at OysterFest, especially knowing the proceeds will help us in maintaining our floating fleet of historic Chesapeake boats. It’s a win-win for all.”

Rosie Parks Oyster Stout will be available on draft and in cans in locations throughout Maryland, Delaware and Virginia after its Aug. 1 premier at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis. It also will be served at several of the museum’s fall festivals and events, including the Oct. 26 OysterFest. Additionally, the museum will offer Fordham & Dominion beers at several of their festivals and events throughout the year.

Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company is an independently owned brewing company founded in 1995 and based in Dover, Del. Beer lovers from near and far are welcome to visit its brewery and tap room, where they can enjoy handcrafted beer and soda while learning more about Fordham & Dominion’s culture, products, and friendly and passionate team. Fordham & Dominion’s roots run deep throughout the mid-Atlantic region, with more information at

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

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