About our Brewery
When Robert Bilton founded Field and Forge, he wanted a name that reflected the history and legacy of the Bilton Family. The “Field” portion of Field and Forge refers to the story of Robert’s great grandfather, William Shirley Bilton. He set out to find land to homestead in the 1890s, traveling from Ontario to Alberta. In Calgary, he rented a saddle horse, and headed north east. He applied for a homestead in Knee Hill Valley, several miles east of Innisfail. This piece of land has remained in the Bilton family for 127 years, and is now owned by William’s great grandson (Robert's brother), Leigh Bilton. He continues to grow prized malt barley, canola, and wheat upon this land today.
The “Forge” in Field and Forge is derived from Robert’s company, Bilton Welding and Manufacturing. Founded over 25 years ago, the company continues to grow and thrive today. Combining his family’s legacy with his life’s work, the name Field and Forge was born.
In a continuation of the family commitment to the Central Alberta region, Field and Forge is committed to supporting the local community by providing jobs, diversifying the local economy and adding value to agricultural products. Field and Forge supports other craft brewers, meeting their capacity demands through contract brewing to help them build their own brands. Furthermore, at Field and Forge, we believe that diversity is one of the great strengths of Canada. Our staff are integral in creating an inclusive space and providing intersectional perspectives to keep our brand current.
At Field and Forge, we are fully committed to the pursuit of the highest quality and consistency. To this end, we have invested heavily into the best brewing equipment from around the world, with high levels of automation and quality control. The staff are experienced, engaged and passionate about this project, creating a warm environment where community can thrive. The brewery is accompanied by a gastro pub, where the “Field” and “Forge” are exemplified in the architectural design and decor. To complement the beer, Field and Forge features a menu designed by an award-winning chef.
Join us and enjoy a beer at Field and Forge, a place that William would be proud of.