Forked River Brewing Company featured on One Page Love

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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, Ontario, 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!

Interested in knowing more about Forked River?

The Beers Now Available

Capital Blonde Ale

Blonde Ale (4.7% Alc./Vol.)

Canadian Brewing Award 2014 - GOLD
North American Style Blonde/Gold Ale

In 1793 Lieutenant Governor 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.

 

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.)

CANADIAN BREWING AWARD 2015 - GOLD
ENGLISH STYLE PALE ALE

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.

 

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

Red Coat

Canadian Red Ale (6.2% Alc./Vol.)

The newest addition to the Forked River lineup is a bold Canadian red ale. Hopped exclusively with North American varietals, this amped up pale ale delivers their citrusy goodness alongside significant caramel flavours and a little residual malt sweetness, helping to balance the elevated bitterness. Clocking somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA, Red Coat is a full-flavoured, 6.2% ABV, 45 IBU, dry-hopped red ale. 

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: We brewed this beer specifically for BBQ weather - it fits perfectly beside a juicy burger or strip loin steak, cutting right through that richness without stripping away any flavour from that amazing grilled goodness.

Mojo

Citra Rhubarb Wheat (4.6% Alc./Vol.)

This light, refreshing American wheat beer is a completely different take on a wheat beer. The tropical fruit nose and flavour pair perfectly with the rhubarb’s slight tartness. This is one smooth and quaffable beer!

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: On its own, on the patio preferably, but also goes well with fruit. Strawberries anyone?

Trinity

Belgian Tripel (9.2% Alc./Vol.)

Bronze medal United States Open Beer Championship 2014

This light, refreshing beer belies its high alcohol content. A blonde ale with a slight sweetness that works well with the Belgian character of the beer. The fruity grape flavours and slight spice come out as it warms.

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Rich, flavourful foods including shellfish, spicey thai dishes, or strong herbal dishes using basil pesto for example. Also goes well with stone fruit desserts.

Queen's Ranger DIPA

Double IPA (9.1% Alc./Vol.)

On October 15, 1777, Lord John Graves Simcoe took command of the Queen's Rangers . It was a well-trained light infantry unit comprising 11 companies of 30 men. The Queen's Rangers saw extensive action during the Philadelphia campaign, including a successful surprise attack (planned and executed by Simcoe) at the Battle of Crooked Billet.

The Queen's Rangers still exist today as the Queen's York Rangers, now an armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Forces reserves.

Our Queen's Ranger is a 9% ABV double IPA with over 100 IBU and as many late/dry hops as we could pack in. It reinforces Lord Simcoe's Revenge (our 7% ABV, 65+ IBU IPA) and pays homage to a proud history.

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO


FOOD PAIRINGS:
 Just drink it with everything!

Weendigo

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (10.2% Alc./Vol.)

  • CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2015 - GOLD
  • WOOD AND BARREL-AGED BEER

 

The king of stouts, aged for almost six months in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, this velvety, rich, and roasty brew is ideal for the cold nights ahead. Clocking in at 10.2% ABV, Weendigo is warming, but not harsh- the whisky and oak flavours compliment the luscious roasted malt character, providing incredible complexity.  This beer is ready for a prime spot in your cellar for aging.

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Perfect winter warmer- sip from your tulip glass by the fireside or alongside decadent desserts.  

Catharsis

Soured Belgian Quad Aged in Red Wine Barrels (11.1% Alc./Vol.)

Catharsis is our Belgian quadruple aged in red wine barrels.  A gentle tartness balances with the residual sweetness and rich, deep flavours to make this a stunning sour beer.  The over 11% ABV is well-masked in this beer, made for cherishing, sharing, or hiding away in your cellar! 

AVAILABILITY
Brewery: YES
LCBO: NO
Beer Store: NO 

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Rich, tart, light sweetness...so much in this beer just on it's own. Perhaps try with tart raspberry pie, or to liven-up your fruit cake this season!

 

Myarsis

Soured Rye Pale Ale Aged in Red Wine Barrels (5.7% Alc./Vol.)

Transformed from its pale ale roots into something completely different, this beer retains that robust flavour of the rye, but adds a tartness and rich oak flavour. Myarsis is the couterpart to Catharsis- living the good life inside VQA red wine barrels for over six months!

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO

 

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: The tartness of this beer help to cut through rich dishes.  Go for dishes that won't overpower the beer, but need some levity- see our recipe for Capital Blonde Marinated Shrimp (link) as a great example.

Hansel and Brett'el

Farmhouse Blonde Ale Aged in Chardonnay Wine Barrels (4.9% Alc./Vol.)

Funky and fresh, this farmhouse blonde ale has been perfecting itself in VQA chardonnay barrels for almost 6 months.  Light in body, but deep in flavour, this beer is worth venturing into the deep dark woods for!

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: No
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Keep it light, but have some richness in the food.  Cobb salad, seafood, perhaps even some light curried dishes.

 

Run & Gunn

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye Ale (6.1% Alc./Vol.)

Could there be a better combination than rye and Bourbon? The magic that occurs when the two are paired cannot be overstated. We take a full-bodied rye ale and age it in our Weendigo Bourbon barrels to add some oak and, of course, a healthy dose of Bourbon. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Great after dinner or with a nice steak.

Dysania

PALE ALE (5.4% Alc./Vol.)

Want the hoppiness of an IPA, but a lighter touch for summer's heat? Dysania will go down easy on the patio or around the camp site. Juicy hop notes of orangey citrus and tropical fruit with a resiny undercurrent, held together with a light biscuit and caramel grainy backbone. Full disclosure: this easy-drinking dry-hopped ale can make it tough to get out of bed the next morning!

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: YES
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO


FOOD PAIRINGS:
 BBQ meats with a fruit chutney, or even apple pie

 

 

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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The Forken' Blog

  • Forked Staff Bio - Andrew

    June 01, 2016

    We caught up with one of our owners, Andrew, and chatted about beers and what he's up to when he's not at the brewery.

  • Big Brewery Upgrade

    April 27, 2016

    Our last big upgrade in our current space! We're officially out of room with this one but we should be able to put out a fair bit of beer with this setup. Read on for more details!

  • Hiring for two part time positions

    February 16, 2016

    Are you looking to get your foot in the door at our quickly growing company? We are looking for enthusiastic beer lovers to join our team on the production and retail side. Read more for details.

The Blog Archives

Trying to find a blog post from yesteryear? We try to keep you up to date but we certainly don't mind if you want to delve into our past. Read through the archives and relive the journey. Cheers!

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