The Fordham & Old Dominion story started in 1989 when Jerry Bailey followed his passion for experimental brews by opening Old Dominion, which quickly gathered a loyal local following. In 1995, Bill Muehlhauser opened Fordham, and the two breweries joined forces 12 years later. Today, the company—led by Muehlhauser—remains dedicated to artfully crafted ales, lagers, and sodas with unique flavor profiles. These brews include the Double D IPA with guava and mango aromas as well as the Baltic porter, which combines the flavors of licorice and toffee with a touch of rye.
Within local favorite Matilda's Pub lies mad-macs, a comfort fare haven dedicated to the chefs' gooey mastery of mac 'n' cheese with a family-friendly vibe. Among rich espresso wood fixtures, overstuffed bench seats, and chalkboard walls covered in doodles, mac masters dish out decadent lobster mac with mascarpone cheese, philly cheesesteak mac, and Cajun shrimp and crab mac, among their many rich combinations. Around the eatery, abstract macaroni art tempts hungry eyes while kids are given supplies to craft their own masterpieces or a new set of edible parents before they go up on a special display wall. Behind the bar, bartenders mix adults-only milk shakes, and in the kitchen the chefs plate their culinary works of art as customers order fresh hand-formed burgers, Aussie-style crab cakes, and steaks.
Arched ceilings with baroque engravings soar above walls decorated with inlaid bricks and the decorative tops of beer barrels. Parting the air between tables, an iron-wrought tower?s rungs cradle weathered kegs. The barrels on display at Ernest & Scott Taproom reflect the founders? passion for American craft beer, and are emblazoned with images of hops and the restaurant?s logo: a griffin extending its paw to high-five the inventor of hops.
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione curates the restaurant?s extensive American craft-beer list?a combination of standard national brews, rare local crafts, and cask-conditioned libations?which suits food pairings as well as the definition and standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program. This list features names such as Evolution Craft Brewing and Twin Lakes Brewery while keeping the brewers? high-school nicknames a closely guarded secret. Ernest & Scott?s culinary crew invites guests to sop up drinks with a pub menu focused on regional fare and recipes. Plates tower with arrangements of Atlantic flounder and seabass, crab, and scallops, as well as brisket, short ribs, and Amish chicken.
Known as the "Monster Mile," the one-mile Dover International Speedway track hosts highly competitive stock-car racing on high-banked concrete. This deal will let you watch NASCAR behemoths such as Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and defending four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson as they power around the track 400 times and at triple-digit speeds. As the number-two race in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," the AAA 400 has extra importance, as drivers will jostle for precious points in the standings, hoping to drink victory from the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Each seat at Dover International Speedway will give you clear views of the entire track and Victory Plaza's beastly "Monster Monument". The festive atmosphere on a race weekend also means you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy live musical entertainment, several autograph sessions with drivers past and present, and admire slick, new show cars.