A local craft brewery is using a new beer to pay tribute to veterans of the armed forces.
Forked River Brewing Company has a new limited batch of porter named in honour of the oldest Highland regiment in Canada and the UK. The Black Watch was formed in Montreal in January of 1862 with a website dedicated to the regiment saying it was originally called the 5th Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada.
One of Forked River’s three founders, Andrew Peters, says when they consider names for their brews, they look for monikers that are meaningful or have some sort of personal connection.
By choosing the Black Watch, they satisfied both criteria.
“Their tartan was the same tartan my grandfather wore in World War II in the Lorne Scots Regiment,” Peters tells AM980. “So I had this photo of my grandfather which had just been given to me and this idea of this Black Watch tartan…and it just jumped out at us.”
The choice is a tribute and aims to raise awareness of veterans and the debt owed them, says Peters.
This batch of the Black Watch is small with 600 growlers available for purchase at their retail store on Pacific Court, but it’s also available on tap at the Poacher’s Arms on Richmond St.
If all goes to plan, the brew could be available more widely in the fall. Peters says they’ve submitted an application to the LCBO to have the brew stocked on store shelves as a seasonal release.
“When it comes to the LCBO, we don’t really have a lot of say in what gets released,” he says. “We submit it and if they like it, it proceeds through their chains.”
“It’s sort of a six-month process to actually get a beer in the LCBO.”
If the LCBO denies their application, Peters says they’ll likely still put out another batch in the future.
Forked River is also starting to plan for another brew to honour and support Canadian veterans. It’s still in the very early stages, but Peters says they hope to have another beer ready for release around Remembrance Day in November and would like to donate a portion of the sales to former members of the Canadian Armed Forces.