London, Ontario was selected as the site of the future capital of Upper Canada in 1793 by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, though later rejected by Governor Dorchester. This beer pays homage to our capital denied, with a defiantly bolder version of the traditional blonde ale. We present an easy-drinking, sessionable beer that balances the sweetness of malted barley and the bitterness from North American hops. The use of a unique hop combination added late in the boil is responsible for the citrus flavour and aroma. This beer finishes out nice and dry, great for any occasion, at any time of year.
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 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.
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. 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.
Who will defend your right to a great, easy-drinking, and hoppy all-natural ale? Red Coat. Standing on guard for thee.
This light, refreshing American Wheat beer is a completely different take on a wheat beer. Tropical fruit in the nose and flavour pair perfectly with the slight tartness from the rhubarb. This is one smooth and quaffable beer!
Bronze medal United States Open Beer Championship 2014
This light, refreshing beer belies its high alcohol content. A blonde ale with a slight sweetness and works well with the Belgian character of the beer; fruity grape flavours and slight spice come out as it warms.
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.
Fermented with traditional Trappist yeast and in-house made Belgian-style candi syrup make this beer as authentic as possible on this side of the pond. Aroma is complex with fruity esters and touch of spice. Flavour is full of dark fruit, primarily fig, and subtle clove spice. Bottle-conditioned and ready for a prime spot in your beer/wine cellar for aging.
Introducing Golden Boy's sour sibling, Golden Chard, our Belgian golden soured in Southbrook Chardonnay barrels. Sourness pitted against the acidity in the Chardonnay. An exquisite blend of flavours that will not disappoint.
Finally! Been waiting on this for a while...but we now have our second sour, barrel-aged beer for sale. If you liked the Golden Chard, you're going to want to try this one too!
The Oracle is the spawn of Trinity, our Belgian tripel that took home a bronze medal at the US Beer Open this summer. Over 9% ABV, assertively tart with a dash of "funk", this one isn't letting Trinity go softly into that dark night...it's going out with a bang!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our first coffee porter has nice light chocolate notes behind the fresh-roasted coffee flavour, and features locally-roasted beans.
A balance of clove and banana is complemented with a rich barley malt character and a slight caramel note.
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.
The big brother of Ridunkelous: full-bodied with pronounced hefeweizen flavours (banana, clove) and a caramel/wheat malt backbone.
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 in your cellar!
Transformed from it's 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.
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!
Sawdust City meets the Forest City! Our first collaborative brew, Deforestation was lovingly crafted by the fine folks at Sawdust City and your friends here at FRBC. It's as big and bold as the name implies: a 9.1% bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale.
A lighter, pale Trappist-style ale, Golden Boy starts with aromas of stone fruit and that traditional Belgian character. The continental pilsner malt shines through and finishes with a natural, gentle spiciness from the yeast. The finish is fairly crisp, but the flavours given by the Trappist yeast build as the beer warms.
An English-style stout with a fuller and creamier body than other commercial dry stouts. The dark grains combine with a light malt sweetness to give the impression of chocolate or coffee, though all of these flavours come from the barley itself. Jet black with a persistant tan head, this 5.3% ABV beer gives you all the flavour you expect from a proper stout, with a gentle sweetness to balance the assertive roast.
The Accidental Tourist has made a return trip from Belgium for a short stopover in London! You might remember this light Belgian blonde ale from last year. It comes in at just under 5% ABV and is a great beer for the upcoming warm weather.
Our Belgian dubbel, the Deuce, is a 6.5% Trappist-style ale made with our house-made candi syrup. Dark in colour, with a light fruitiness and raisin-like flavours from the candi syrup, this is the next step up from Golden Boy in strength and colour.
You want a big West Coast IPA? This is it. Weighing in at 7.5% 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!
This isn't your average sour beer! We start with a rye saison that blends the flavours of clove with the spiciness of the rye. Then we put it to bed in a red wine barrel and let our special sour blend work its magic for several months. The result is a wonderfully tart and spicy package that will titillate the senses!
Not So Oud Bruin is a 6.3% sour beer, in the Flanders brown style, with a bit of tart cranberry juice to finish it off. The London Homebrewers Guild, ran their national LHG 2015 Homebrew Competition, and the best of show was Nathan Medeiros' Oud Bruin and this is his recipe. Nate was able to join us to brew his beer with us. It was a fun time, we hope you enjoy the beer.
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!
Wicked Wench is our English stout (Blackbeerd) that has seen only the inside of whisky barrels for 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.
Find yourself pining for the fjords lately? Dead Parrot is an Olde English Ale that has been "resting" in red wine barrels for nearly a year, half of that with Foodland Ontario Red Tart Cherries. 7.7% ABV, and tastes like a combination of sour cherry and raisin pies. Oh my!
Dead Parrot's brother from another mother, Say N'More is a bourbon barrel-aged Olde English Ale, with a plumy, caramelly funk on the nose and a sweet raisiny malt character. At 7.7% ABV, it's a criminally smooth drink to warm yourself on a snowy day such as this. And remember- a nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh? Eh?!
The Black Watch, the oldest highland regiment in Canada, has served Canada and the Empire at home and abroad since 1862. Andrew's grandather served in the Lorne Scots regiment in WWII, and wore the same tartan proudly. We'll raise a glass to his grandfather and to the Lorne Scots Regiment on their 150th anniversary and toast them with Black Watch. We're honouring them, and the other highland regiments with our new porter.
This porter has a gentle, chocolately roast character, a medium body, and just enough aftertaste to blend perfectly with your pub foods, such as fish and chips, burgers and fries, and Shepherd's Pie.
Is our Blackbeerd Stout too stouty for you? This porter can slide right in and get you that dark fix without making quite as strong an impression.
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!
Ever wondered what Grumpy Peasant (red wine barrel aged rye saison) tasted like before it was barrel aged? Wonder no more! We saved some from the murky depths of barrelling, and put it aside for our retail store, available in growlers and by the glass! Notes of bubblegum and spice from the saison yeast, with that spicy perk of rye in the back, Ryeson will transport you to a tropical paradise of beer bliss.
For a limited time, we added raspberries to your favourite rhubarb wheat ale!
It's a Bit Nutty is a darker English ale, with plenty of body from toasted oats and a slight fruitiness from the English yeast. Coming in a little under 5%, this is a well-balanced, sessionable ale perfect alongside your dinner, or on it's own. It's the first time we've brewed this style at Forked River, but it's been one we've loved for years...and for good reason. Have you been enjoying the Mild Mannered Reporter? If you answered "yes", then this new brew is right up your alley.
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. A great beer to pair with some bratwursts over a campfire.
This is our assistant brewer Diana Salazar's first beer for Forked River. Scotch ales are her favourite, so what else to make but a scotch ale! What Lies Beneath is a very malt forward, full bodied beer, with notes of caramel and toffee, and a bready aftertaste that lingers softly. Great with desserts!
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 yeast—the 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".
Commemorative beer for Remembrance Day
Quick! Make some space tracks to our retail store and pour some Liquid Schwartz in your emergency tank!
Liquid Schwartz is the third and final beer in our first ever lager series. Schwarzbier has been brewed in central Germany since the middle ages, and no wonder why! It's delicious! Think roasty pulsner and you've pretty much got it. Not as deep and bitter as a stout or porter, but still has some of those classic flavours. A light to medium body, with plenty of dark chocolatey notes lasting right through to the finish. This is a great beer to ease yourself into the winter weather.
Scott Morrison, winner of the London Homebrewers Guild's 2016 Forest City Beer Bout homebrew competition, was invited to Forked River to brew his American porter on our big brew system. And we're so happy he did! Crimson and Porter is a delicious, dark, and roasty ale that is perfect to settle in with these chilly days.
It pours a dark brown to black colour with caramel and coffee notes in the aroma. Those persist in the taste, where a light maltiness carries with it roasted coffee and slight chocolaty flavours.
Come on in to the brewery to try it on tap and carry some home with you in available 500mL bottles. And if you see Scott, tell him how much you enjoy it!
For many years the idea of hop forward beers has been synonymous with the west coast of the US. Recently, however, the preponderance of top IPAs have been put out by breweries in New England. These IPAs have lost the biting bitterness and malt-forward aspects of their west coast brothers, in favour of a cleaner hop flavour and aroma and cloudy, yet light-tasting and almost creamy mouthfeel. The lingering bitterness is gone, replaced with a tropical and juicy aftertaste.
Dammit, it’s sour, Jim!
Yes, Bones, it’s gloriously sour. No mean feat for an over 11% imperial stout. ReForest Kelley is an out-of-this world experience and took a lot of work to push it towards its tartness- as well as taking an awful lot of patience! Who else is putting a beer like this in bourbon barrels for over 18 months, as well as incorporating locally-sourced fruit to add to its complex flavour?
Big, bold, oaky, and sour with a background cherry finish- this beer brings together elements from across the universe of brewing to yield a careful blend of flavours. The base beer is our national gold medal-winning bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout Weendigo, to which we added sour cultures and Ontario black cherries sourced from Heeman’s just down the road. And oodles of bourbon flavour? Yeah, it’s got that too.
Ready to explore some brave new worlds and seek out new beer experiences? Your mission is clear- come by the retail store for a sample in our tasting room, and bring home a bottle to enjoy at home.
Introducing the first beer in our experimental hop series, Alpha Test: Loral. This new series of beers is focused on utilizing different hop varieties that we can almost guarantee you've never tried before! First up is Loral, which is a new variety released in 2016. Citrusy and floral, with a slight spiciness in the finish, you won't want to miss out
Great Lakes Brewery is well known for their IPAs, so what better style to collaborate with them on than a lovely, well rounded American IPA? With cascading waves of bright citrus, zesty pineapple and resiny pine hitting your tongue, balanced with a medium body of grainy sweetness, this is the perfect pickup you need this spring.
Our good friend from Wellington Brewery, George Eagleson is an inspiration not only to every craft brewer in the province, but to every person he meets. And beyond that, he's the inspiration for King George's Mild. This beer, much like George himself, will get you (and keep you) in the mood to party. An English pale mild ale is a straightforward beer: easy-drinking, thirst-quenching, and meant for keeping you on your feet in a long session of drinking. Low alcohol, but with lots of flavour and a delicate dry-hop, King George will always leave you with a smile on your face.