Oshawa band launching collab beer with Brock Street Brewing


Published May 10, 2023 at 12:24 pm

Photo Melissa Chrapek

Launch parties are nothing new to rock bands but Oshawa’s Far From Infamy is doing something a little different at their launch event June 10 at Brock Street Brewing in Whitby: the band is launching a beer.

FFIPA, or Far From Infamy Pale Ale, is a slightly dialed back version (3.7 per cent ABV) of Brock Street’s blonde ale recipe that drummer Josh Beaven said will be “accessible” to craft and non-craft beer drinkers alike.

Beaven, a carpenter when he is not abusing his drum kit, has had a long working relationship with the brewery and its founder, Mark Woitzk, and reached out after seeing Oshawa radio station 94.9 FM team up with Brock Street to do a beer.

“After that it was game on, so we reached out to Mark and the team. And they were kind enough to give us a chance,” Beaven said, adding the band was “excited” to promote their brand by getting it on a beer. “FFIPA just seemed to work as a name. Had a catchy ring to it right from the start.”


Mock-up by Cody Lafond

Far From Infamy, comprised of Beaven (drums), Matt Goulet and Tiyler Arnett (guitars), Clayton Blake (vocals) and Patrick Racine (bass), was born during the early days of the pandemic. Goulet, Arnett and Beaven have known each other since childhood and went to Monseigneur John Pereyma High School in Oshawa together before forming a metal band called Into Exile that achieved some local success.

Into Exile morphed into Far From Infamy in 2020 with two new members and though the guitar duo of Goulet and Arnett still shred on occasion, the band has replaced their metal roots with a completely different pop/punk sound, reminiscent of Billy Talent and Sum 41 (with a touch of Avenged Sevenfold). Far From Infamy released their first EP – Finding Meaning – earlier this year.

The band will be playing an acoustic set at the launch party, telling some stories and raffling off a few prizes, courtesy of event sponsors Brock Street Brewing, Another Spin Records, Halenda’s Meats and Cannabis & Co. Skully & The Breeze will open the free event (doors open at 8 p.m.) with all festivities taking place on the brewery’s third floor lounge.

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