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  • Festival highlights local beer, charity

  • Dover's own Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company has planned it's first festival in in several years. The R2Hop2 Beer & Music Festival takes place Saturday, May 19 and will feature local artisians, local bands and, of course, some local beer.

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  • The subject of beer doesn't often find itself in the company of conversation about community and charity. However, that's exactly how the Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company want people to talk about their company.
    To help people see the connection, they have planned the R2Hop2 Beer & Musical Festival which will feature local craftsmen, local musicians, and, of course, a little local beer.
    Marketing Coordinator Lauren Bigalow said the catalyst for this new event was a desire to connect with the people who make Fordham & Dominion successful.
    "Dover is our community. Our brewery is Dover's brewery," Bigalow said. "And, our beer is meant to be enjoyed as fresh as possible with our community of friends. What better place to do that than a beer and music festival?"
    President and CEO Jim Lutz said that many people in the community are aware that they are living their dream of brewing beer, making friends, having fun, and giving back. But, they may not be acquainted with the driving forces behind so many of the community's local artisians and charities.
    So, they invited local craftsmen, from soap makers to glass blowers, to be a part of the day, hoping to use the festival crowd to bring attention to other local businesses.
    "Our business believes in paying it forward," Bigalow said.
    Paying it forward doesn't just include other businesses. Several charities near and dear to the heart of the brewing company and will benefit from the money raised at Saturday's event. For instance, the local Fraternal Order of the Police as well as Shepard Place, a shelter for homeless veterans, were both picked because they have a profound impact on the local community.
    "There is a lot of need in our community and we feel that we are in a perfect place to bring attention to that," Bigalow said.
    Another recipiant of Fordham & Dominion's good will is the Dover Air Force Base's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department.
    "A lot of our tour-goers are Air Force servicemen and we wanted to acknowledge them for the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms," Bigalow said. "That is why our new series of 22-ounce beers was based around airplane bombers."
    And, it is a beer festival, after all. So, in addition to the new airplane bombers series that will be available, attendees at Saturday's event will receive a commemorative beer glass that gets put to some good use during the festival with five locally crafted beer samples.
    Page 2 of 2 - And, for any questions about how that beer gets crafted, look no further than the festival name: R2Hop2 is the name of the brewing company's dry hopping machine, who looks quite similar to another popular alphanumerically named robot.
    "Dry hopping is an important step in our beer making as it is integral to the overall character and aroma of the drink," Bigalow said. "So, we named the festival after R2Hop2 to symbolize our striving for quality and excellence."
    Lutz added that he hopes the event is fun while highlighting the passions of the whole community.
    "We hope we planned an event that reflects the character of our brewery and the flavor of the local culture," Lutz said.
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