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Nothing brings people together quite like a good beer. Whether you’re in a pub, watching the game, or just sharing a brew with your neighbour, beer is one of the quintessential ingredients to great company. Made in London for London, Forked River Brewing Company is dedicated to delivering consistent, flavourful brews made with care in the traditional craftsman manner with all natural, quality ingredients.

Three local, award-winning homebrewers, all University of Western graduates, have teamed up to bring the Forest City the beer it deserves. We believe that our beer has the power to bridge people from all walks of life. Your enjoyment is our success, so raise your glass and here's to all of us!

The Beers Now Available

  • Capital Blonde Ale

    Blonde Ale (4.7% Alc./Vol.)

    Canadian Brewing Award 2014
    North American Style Blonde/Gold Ale

    In 1793 Lieutenant Governer John Graves Simcoe selected London, Ontario as the site of the future capital of Upper Canada, though Governor Dorchester later rejected this. This beer pays homage to our capital denied, with a defiantly bolder version of the traditional blonde ale. The use of a unique hop combination added late in the boiling process is responsible for the beer’s citrusy flavour and aroma. This beer finishes out nice and dry, great for any occasion, at any time of year.

    • BOTTLE: $3.00
    • GROWLER: $11.00
    • KEG: Please enquire
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: The acidity of tomato-based Italian dishes and spicy Mexican food is well-balanced by the gentle maltiness of this beer. However, it also goes well with standard pub fare: roasted meats, fries, and nachos!

  • Riptide Rye Pale Ale

    Pale Ale (5.7% Alc./Vol.)

    A beer in the style of a pale ale with a twist of rye, Riptide is made for the beer drinker that likes big flavour. The bold hop flavours blend well with the addition of the rye, which lends a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly spicy finish to this hop-forward, yet well-balanced beer. Like the Capital Blonde Ale, this brew benefits from the careful addition of “late hops” at the end of the boil.

    • BOTTLE: $3.00
    • GROWLER: $11.00
    • KEG: Please enquire
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: This is a great beer to enjoy with rich or sharp flavours. Think bold cheeses, rich barbecued meats, and curries.

  • Vindication

    English Barleywine (10.2% Alc./Vol.)

    This isn't a wine but in many ways we treat it like a rich red. Drink at cellar temperature and enjoy in a tulip shaped glass. The rich malty flavours will be apparent in the nose and the flavour is complex; toffee is predominant. This one will get better over time, so get a few extra for the cellar. 

    • BOTTLE: $7.00
    • KEG: Please enquire
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: Great after dinner drink or in the evening by a fire. Goes well with any rich dessert.

  • Hop Salad

    Session Pale Ale (4.8% Alc./Vol.)

    A quaffable pale ale with all the flavour and aroma of your favourite hops. Bitterness is assertive without overpowering this fine beverage. Give'r a try!

    • BOTTLE: $4.00
    • GROWLER: Kegs are sold out!
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: This is a session beer; enjoy anytime! You could order some fries or nachos with it if you really want.

  • Mild Mannered Reporter

    English Mild (3.8% Alc./Vol.)

    Looking for a nice malty sessionable brew? Now you've got your beer. Mild Mannered Reporter is unassuming but still packs a flavour punch; toasty with a touch of caramel and a solid bitterness.

    • BOTTLE: $3.50
    • KEG: Please enquire
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: This beer is full flavoured, yet light. Try this with standard pub fare or on its own!

  • King of the Who ESB

    Harvest Ale (5.5% Alc./Vol.)

    King of the Britons! King of the Who has made a comeback this year and it's better than ever. Still made with a ton of our homegrown fresh hops added at the end of the boil. A great rich beer with an assertive bitterness makes this a perfect fall bitter.

    • BOTTLE: $4
    • KEG: Please enquire
     

    FOOD PAIRINGS: This beer is full bodied with flavours of dark caramel and floral esters. Try this with a rich dinner or on its own!

The Beers Archives

Can’t find your favourite? We are always brewing something new, but we will continue to serve up old seasonal favourites. Browse the list of all the brews, and keep checking back for your brew!

Two biologists and an engineer
walk into a bar...

No joke. We’re here and selling beer at bars around London. How did we all come together? This is our story.

Each of the founders, Dave Reed, Andrew Peters, and Steve Nazarian, had discovered craft beer independently but all found their way into homebrewing eventually. After years of working in manufacturing environments, including a number of years spent in beverage industry R&D, Dave dreamt of the day he would open his own brewery. A mechanical engineer by trade, Dave began to build the pinnacle of homebrew systems and cranking out delicious and champion beer. Not far away, Andrew and Steve were working together as scientists in the biotechnology sector. Andrew started into homebrewing, eventually drawing Steve into the hobby as well, and both used their microbiological know-how to hone their brewing processes. The three brewers connected through a regional homebrewing club, started cooperating together, and all became award-winning homebrewers in their own right.

All fathers of young families here in London, Dave, Andrew, and Steve were committed to raising their families here, but as companies began to close or move employment out of the area, the three brewers began to re-evaluate their situations. How could they maintain their lives in London, while career opportunities began to constrict around them? The answer was simple: create their own opportunities and keep their skills and families here in the city that they call home.

The seed had been planted and the brewery began to grow as Dave, Andrew, and Steve slowly pieced together the parts they would need- quite literally! In the fall of 2012, things finally began to take physical shape as equipment began to trickle in, components were ordered and assembled, branding and designs were drawn together, and their location was secured. In the process, they strove to work with local companies wherever possible, knowing local business relationships are symbiotic. What they found was that their enthusiasm and passion were met and returned to them with equal excitement from those local businesses and positive new relationships were forged.

Meet the Brewers

The three founders are not simply looking to make great beer - their popular homebrew is a testament to their ability to make that for themselves. What Dave, Andrew, and Steve wanted to do most was to make great beer professionally. They felt that not only did their fellow Londoners deserve truly outstanding handcrafted beer, but they also deserved their own microbrewery.

And so was born the Forked River Brewing Company.

Andrew Peters, M.SC.

Andrew Peters didn't always love beer. Sure, he liked it, but the passion came later in life. A self-confessed "deal addict", Andrew saw a sale on the Mr. Beer homebrewing kit and thought it might be fun to try out. The deal fell through, but his interest had been piqued. As a scientist, Andrew spent his days taking care of living cells and performing cutting edge research.

Andrew's passion for exploring the world of beer, its styles, and brewing techniques had been ignited andafter connecting with fellow homebrewers through online clubs (Members of Barleyment based in Ottawa and Southern Ontario Brewers out of Toronto), things began to accelerate. Andrew got pulled along into larger batches, working with more refined equipment, participating in large bulk buys of supplies, and he began to talk even more about the hobby. Pursuing his passion led him to enter a national homebrew competition, winning a gold medal with his first ever entry.

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David Reed, B.E.Sc., P. Eng.

David’s first real introduction to the amazing world of beer came soon after his graduation from The University of Western Ontario in 1998 while working internationally in the automotive field. It was 2004 when David started brewing his own beer with the help of a fellow London homebrewer. His desire to start and operate his own brewery began then, and has grown ever since.

While Dave planned, he had the opportunity to manage the development of several products in the beverage industry, working alongside the likes of Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch InBev. His successes resulted in several patents, both issued and pending. Not only does he have an enviable small-scale commercial grade brewing system at home, but he’s managed to produce award winning beers. From malty blonde ales to crisp wheat beers to big barleywines, Dave’s proficiency at the helm won him 3 gold medals in 2012.

Dave now has a new focus and is committed to serving London, one great pint at a time!

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Steven Nazarian, Ph.D.

It was 2004 before Steven Nazarian found a world of beer that didn't include mass-produced, light lager. While attending an academic conference in the U.K. he found himself exploring the pub culture, with their wide assortment of beers, including cask ales. There, the seed was planted and, eventually, Steve got into homebrewing with encouragement from our very own Andrew Peters.

Within months of brewing his first small batch of American amber ale on his stovetop, Steven was brewing 10 gallon batches into kegs and was serving to friends and family out of a dedicated, converted chest freezer.

Dr. Nazarian is our resident perfectionist. This trait, together with his education in microbiology and biochemistry and his experience in the biotechnology sector, allows him to bring an analytical eye to everything we do. Most recently, his Belgian dark strong ale was selected for the final round National Homebrew Competition held in the U.S., where it scored highly. You’d better believe we'll be making that one at Forked River!

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Upcoming Events

  • October 24, 2014

    Cask Days

    Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, Ontario
    October 24-26th

    A premiere cask event! You should not miss out on this!

  • November 1, 2014

    Teach a Friend to Hombrew

    Last year we welcomed the London Homebrewers' Guildinto the brewery to brew beer and showcase the hobby for Teach a Friend to Hombrew Day (TAFTH). The first Saturday of November is traditionally known as TAFTH day. Come down to the brewery and check out around 10 different setups and chat with local homebrewers!

Forken' Blog

  • January 09, 2014

    Year in review and the year ahead

    We ended the year with a bang and sold out of almost all of our inventory of bottles leading up to Christmas. So closes 2013 and our first 7 months in business. We’ve learned a lot and have brewed a remarkable amount of beer.

  • December 13, 2013

    Has it been 6 months already?

    How the time flies! In just half a year we've established a strong London presence, released 7 one-off special brews, and made over 30,000L of beer!

  • February 05, 2014

    Lots of Small Steps Add Up!

    We've been making strides behind the scenes: improving processes, managing inventory, and keeping more different beers on the shelf. One thing you've all been asking for has been missing for some time now.

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Visit the Brewery

  • 45 Pacific Court, Unit 16
    London, ON N5V 3N4

  • Brewery Tours

    We're a small operation but are happy to show customers the equipment and describe the brewing process during our regular retail hours completely free of charge (samples are free too!). Tours can be anywhere from 5 to 30min depending. If you are interested in booking a private tour for a group outside retail hours please contact us at info@forkedriverbrewing.com for pricing.

  • Brewery Hours

    Wed - Fri 12pm - 5:30pm

    Saturday 11am - 4pm

     

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