Medings Seafood held their final Tuesday Night Tailgate Party of the season in September but owner Rob Meding has big plans for the fall season. During the month of October, Medings Seafood in Milford is hosting Oystober, offering month-long specials on oysters paired with Fordham Brewing Company craft beers. During a special event on Thursday, October 23, Meding’s will host a Tap Takeover Night with the local brewery, with a portion of sales sponsoring local breast cancer awareness and research.
Every Thursday during the month of October, brew experts from Fordham Brewing Company in Dover will be at Meding’s Seafood, showcasing their fall beer lineup as they pair them with a variety of Meding’s oysters and oyster dishes. According to the Brew Hopping directory of North America, Fordham Brewing Company secured a 15,000 square foot free-standing structure located in Dover, Delaware in late spring of 2003, after an unprecedented 54% growth in 2002 and an anticipated 25% growth that year. Seeing the popularity of the craft beer industry grow exponentially in recent years, Rob Meding knew that it was time to introduce locally-made beers to his customers.
“We never want to be stale, we continue to look at more ways to serve our existing customers and bring in new ones,” commented Meding. “The craft beer industry has exploded in Delaware and we want to be a part of it.” Rob states that he is a Lanshark beer drinker and admits he was cautious about trying craft beer until he experienced Fordham brews for himself. “I sat down with Fordham to pair their fall beers with our oyster dishes and was blown away with how they complimented each other.”
Meding says that the paring enhances the taste of both the cuisine and the brews and compared the process to paring wine with cheese or specific dishes. On Thursdays in October Fordham Brewery will pair a flight of their beers with Meding’s oyster dishes as their Gipsy Lager, a light Munich-style, will be paired with Oyster Rockafeller; Octoberfest, noted for smooth caramel notes and crisp bitterness, will feature Oysters Casino; Rosie Parks Oyster Stout, featuring a toasty, oaky flavor, will be coupled with fried oysters; and Fordham’s Spiced Harvest Ale, a pumpkin infused brew, will be paired with Rajun Cajun honey fried oysters. Fordham flights will be available every day during the month of October and diners are welcome to pair any dishes with the four craft beers.
“Fordham and Dominion is very excited to team up with Meding’s Seafood for Oystober, we thrive on local love, and Meding’s has definitely showed us that,” commented Britteny Thomas of Fordham Brewing Company. Meding even worked with brew masters to create an original libation. “We used 47 pounds of Meding’s Seafood oyster shells during the brewing process of Rosie Parks Oyster Stout. The shells were introduced for 47 minutes during the end of the boil.”
On Thursday, October 23 Meding’s Seafood will have a Tap Takeover night with a portion of the proceeds from the evening going towards local Breast Cancer awareness and research. In addition to Fordham taking over the taps at the restaurant there will be live entertainment inside and outside on the crab deck. Wanting the proceeds of Tap Takeover to be spent in the local community as much as possible, Rob is asking the community to help him identify programs and organizations that can specifically help in the Milford community.
Located at 3697 Bay Road on Route 1 north of the city of Milford, Meding’s Seafood is open Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 8pm. The fresh fish market begins at 9am and the dining room begins serving at 11 am daily. Individuals interested in finding out more about Meding’s Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Restaurant, can call 302-335-3944 or visit http://www.medingsseafood.com.