Forty Creek Distillery

August 16, 2012


Kittling Ridge Estate Wines & Spirits to Re-brand as Forty Creek Distillery

July 31, 2012. Grimsby, Ontario – Today, Kittling Ridge Estate Wines & Spirits announced that it would re-brand as Forty Creek Distillery, effective August 2012.

“We believe our new name better reflects our growth over the past 20 years, and our vision to produce handcrafted, Canadian–made spirits,” says John Hall, owner and CEO. “We decided on Forty Creek Distillery because we wanted our new name to pay tribute to our local heritage.”

Forty Creek Distillery is named for Forty Mile Creek, a tributary of Lake Ontario. Early in its history, the town now called Grimsby was a small settlement known as The Forty. The settlement developed around Forty Mile Creek, so-named because it was believed to be 40 miles from Niagara Falls.

The re-branding coincides with three new Forty Creek Whisky products launching this fall: Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve, a bold and rich Canadian Whisky bottled at 43 per cent alcohol by volume, Forty Creek Cream Liquor, the first Canadian made cream whisky, and Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve, a limited edition whisky that is being re-released due to popular demand.

Forty Creek Distillery will continue to operate at its current location in Grimsby. Hall stated “Our workforce and our business have grown considerably and our employee’s passion and commitment will continue to drive our on-going success. We’ll continue to build our brands and develop new offerings by working in close partnership with our retail customers. “

About Forty Creek Distillery:
Located in Grimsby, Ontario, Forty Creek Distillery is the largest independently Canadian-owned craft distillery in Canada. Its portfolio of brands include; Forty Creek Whisky, Prince Igor Vodka, Canada Gold Whisky, Bolivar Liqueur, Small Cask Brandy and Alpenbitter No. 7. Forty Creek Distillery is known internationally for its quality spirits and has won numerous awards at prestigious tasting competitions around the world.

About John K. Hall:
John K. Hall has been a successful winemaker in Ontario since 1970, and distiller since 1992. “When I began making wines in Ontario over 40 years ago, there were about 7 wineries in the province. Today, there are more than 100. I’m proud of the contribution we pioneers made in the early days,” says Hall. Over the past ten years, Hall has become world renowned as a distiller due in large part to his Forty Creek Whisky. “I would like to think that we’re helping to revive the craft distillery business here in Canada.”


8 Responses to “Forty Creek Distillery”

  1. portwood:

    GREAT to see that two of the three new products comming are at >40% ABV.

    Thank you Mr Hall for making great whisky and now amping up the strength on FC!

  2. M.:

    Forty creek is an astoundingly good entry level, low-shelf whisky. Hope to see John Hall keep expanding on his array of whisky styles.

    • Davin:

      Yes, and astoundingly good top of the top shelf too. I can hardly wait for the new Port Wood and The rest of his new goodies.

  3. This is my favorite line of Canadian whiskies! I can’t wait to try the new Portwood as I have a bottle coming to me in September.

    I’m happy to see John moving in yet another new direction (higher AVB’s) and look forward to all the great products that will come out soon.

    Davin, will you be reviewing the Portwood and Copper Pot Reserve soon?


  4. Davin:

    Hi Johanne,

    Yes, reviews of all three are in the pipeline. By the way, I’ll be in Fredericton this year so we must sit down over a dram.

  5. Lyle Buchner:

    I have a old unopened Bottle of whiskey will it still be good ? 1976

    • Davin:

      If the seals are not broken and the level is good the whisky should still be fine.

  6. Ken:

    Can I put this stuff in my veins? I can’t get enough of it. Delicious! Do they need a new sampler or tester down at Forty Creek? More than happy to apply. Seriously though, I’ve been a Whisky drinker for 18+ yrs and this stuff is top notch. :)


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