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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 Pale Ale

Pale Ale (5.7% Alc./Vol.)

CANADIAN BREWING AWARD 2015 - GOLD
ENGLISH STYLE PALE ALE

US OPEN BEER CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 - BRONZE
RYE/ ROGGEN BEER

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.

Full City Coffee Porter

Coffee Porter (5.5% Alc./Vol.)

Made with locally roasted beans from Patrick's Beans, our coffee porter has light chocolate notes under the fresh-roasted coffee flavour.

 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Light in body and coming in at 5.5%, we recommend you try it with traditional coffee break snacks- spice cake, chocolate chip cookies, brownies... While not very sweet on it's own, it will provide a great compliment to those tasty treats.

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: Bottles!
  • 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.

 

Lord Simcoe's Revenge

West Coast IPA (7.0% Alc./Vol.)

You want a big West Coast IPA? This is it. Weighing in at 7% ABV and about 70IBU, Lord Simcoe's Revenge packs a punch. The name pays homage to our capital denied. Shake your fist and have a pint!

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: Cans, growlers and by the glass!
  • LCBO: No
  • Beer Store: No
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Just drink it!

Wicked Wench

Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (5.7% Alc./Vol.)

Wicked Wench is our English stout (Blackbeerd) that has seen only the inside of whisky barrels in almost a year. With colour as dark as a moonless night, and a roasty texture to match, this beer may sneak up on you. A tartness blends with the oak and is tempered with the rich body to make this a beer unlike anything you've probably tried before.

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: Bottles!
  • LCBO: No
  • Beer Store: No
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Have this alongside a dark chocolate dessert to balance its sweetness...or even with some smoked meat, like ribs or brisket.

Hans and Franz

German Pilsner (5.0% Alc./Vol.)

This beer is for all you lager lovers! Hans and Franz, our new German Pilsner, is here to Pump. You. Up! Crisp, light and refreshing, Hans and Franz has a crackery malt character that is well balanced with spicy German hops, topped with a clean lager aroma on the nose. 

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: Growlers and by the glass!
  • LCBO: No
  • Beer Store: No
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: A great beer to pair with some bratwursts over a campfire.

Autumn in Vienna

Vienna Lager (5.2% Alc./Vol.)

Instructions from the manual could not have been much more plain: a complex malt character, continental-style hops, an amber hue, and brewed with classic European lager yeastthe Vienna Lager is the ideal brew for Oktoberfest and the newly arrived fall weather.

Locally grown hops by VQH farms help to give this autumn lager a crisp lager, while the light residual sweetness and medium body makes this the logical follow-up to Hanz and Franz, our German Pilsner. 

And, how could we pass up a chance to reference one of our favourite bands again? It's not springtime, so we have to alter the Tragically Hips' 1996's Trouble at the Henhouse track to "Autumn in Vienna". 

  • AVAILABILITY
  • Brewery: Cans, growlers and by the glass!
  • LCBO: NO
  • Beer Store: NO
 

FOOD PAIRINGS: Anything with some spice in it.

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

  • Making a Quality Beer

    September 29, 2016

    Everyone can identify a beer they enjoy but a 'quality' beer is a bit more complex than just its flavour. Read more to learn a little about quality at Forked River.

  • Growler Policy Change

    September 07, 2016

    We've updated our growler policy. Click to read more!

  • Forked Staff Bio - Sara

    September 07, 2016

    We checked in with Sara, our London area sales rep!

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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  • Phone Contact

    Retail Store: 519-913-2337 

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  • Brewery Tours

    Free brewery tours at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm on Saturdays. We cap tour participants to 10 per group, so please call on the day of to reserve your spots. Please wear closed toed shoes for the tour. Last minute staffing issues may also force us to cancel tours. Send us an email or call for pricing on private tours.

  • Come Find Us!

    45 Pacific Court, Unit 4
    London, ON N5V 3N4
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    Brewery Hours 

    Tuesday - Wednesday - 11:30am - 6:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday - 11:30am - 9:00pm
    Sunday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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