Located at 27 West Street in Annapolis , the "Crown and Dial" was opened and owned by William Faris, whose gardens inspired William Paca. William Faris kept a diary, which is one of the best surviving accounts of colonial life. Originally from Philadelphia, Faris was also a clockmaker and silversmith.
A young brewer named Benjamin Fordham crossed the Atlantic and established a brewery in the new world. It was the first industry of the new provincial capital, soon to be re-dubbed Annapolis. His hand crafted beers made fresh daily slake the thirst of merchants, politicians, craftsman and sailors bustling in and out of the growing ports along the Eastern Seaboard. During this time period, 33 West Street (where Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis stands today) was owned by St. Anne's parish and leased it to William Reynolds. Reynolds subleased the land to Constitution signer Samuel Chase in 1769.
Along the Years
Although once the location of an inn run by Kezian Lindsay Murrow Clark, the 31-33 West Street site has chiefly been the locale of taverns throughout the years. The earliest mentioned tavern is "Sign of the Green Tree" in 1794, which was referred to as a "house of entertainment." During this time, the ghost of a young girl named Amy began inhabiting the building; she is rumored to still haunt the house today. Ask the bartender to show you where Amy's bedpost still resides today.
The establishment sat 30 customers (patio sat 10) and employed five and housed 100 world famous bottled beers. The tavern served only beer and offered a "make your own sandwich" service for 35 cents an ounce to be eaten atop tables adorned with fresh flowers in beer bottles. The upstairs "Buttercup Tea Room Restaurant" sold fresh quiches to the Rams Head® prior to the sandwich service (Hence, the "Tea Room").
West Street Dry Cleaners purchased to accommodate the demand for more bar space...
The adjoining Barber Shop is purchased in order to add more seating capacity...
September 30th, 1995
The Fordham Brewing Company® is reestablished nearly 300 years later in the old Savings and Loan bank on West Street. A handcrafted family of beers are made fresh daily for Rams Head Tavern® using the time-honored traditions and the latest in brewing techniques.
November 1st, 1997
Rams Head® On Stage, a National Entertainment Venue, opens it's doors in Annapolis (the location of the old Blue Cross/Blue Shield building). The venue features acts such as Livingston Taylor, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett and Joe Sample.
As the plaque states in the Down Bar, "On October 25th, 1997 at Table 6... the plot was hatched which led to the succession and glorious independence of the Maritime Republic of Eastport."
Rams Head Tavern Savage, Maryland is opened. The largest of the Rams Head Taverns®, Savage Mill is 4 floors offering an array of dining for your atmosphere appetite.
Fordham Brewing Company awarded "Best Local Lager" Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2001
February 2nd, 2002
Rams Head Tavern® Rehoboth Beach, DE location opened it's doors replacing the Full Moon Saloon on 15 Wilmington Avenue. Only 1/2 block from the beach, the Rehoboth Beach location features live, local musicians, boardwalk delivery and the same good food and great beer locals have come to love from Rams Head Tavern.
Fordham Brewing Company® relocates to the brand new 15,000 square foot facility in Dover, Delaware. Bottling 3 different lines of Fordham brew and kegging a variety of seasonals, this location has the ability to produce up to 50,000 barrels annually.
Rams Head® opens the latest concept, Rams Head® Roadhouse, on the border of Annapolis and Crownsville, Maryland. Featuring over 30 types of sandwiches, pizza and over 100 kinds of beer, Rams Head Roadhouse is happy to serve you with the same quality atmosphere and food you've come to love from Rams Head®.
Opened on December 15th, Rams Head® Live! features national acts in it's 26,000 square foot entertainment venue. Featuring a 160 seat signature Rams Head Tavern, 5 bars, 3 food stations and 44 monitors and screens for watching, Rams Head® Live! promises to be the region's premier national entertainment venue!
Rams Head ventured to the Eastern Shore of Maryland opening Rams Head Shore House (formerly the Island Inn). With seating for 180, the Rams Head Shore House offers a little something for everyone. The Dining area offers a quiet retreat amongst photos of the Eastern Shore of Maryland while the Tavern side compliments nicely with bar stools, pool tables and features the famour Rams Head happy hour.
Rams Head BWI Airport opened in Terminal C