When I think of Shelburne, I picture pretty coastal views, Founder’s Days and the delicious seafood at Charlotte Lane Inn. But now there’s one more reason to visit this village on the South Shore. Beer.
The logo features a beer glass turning into an octopus. The name refers to a remote rock where a captain leaves sailors to sort out their differences. This … is not your typical brewery.
Started by a two chemical engineers in the town of Shelburne, Boxing Rock Brewing Company brews a line of craft beers that are quite distinct.
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Emily Tipton’s kids are now in school and she wanted to find a way to start a business and continue life in Shelburne. Henry Pedro moved to Shelburne with his family to become her business partner and in July of 2013, Boxing Rock was born.
“It’s the perfect marriage of engineering and cooking,” Emily says. The pair of entrepreneurs is passionate about cooking and had been home brewing for several years before officially getting into the beer business.
The Hunky Dory Pale Ale was the first of their beers to be available at select NSLC stores, but the two brews that keep finding their way into my glass are their Temptation Red Ale and Vicar’s Cross Double IPA. The former is completely unexpected – instead of a light malt backbone, Boxing Rock’s Red has a hoppy kick with a full, lush finish.
Boxing Rock’s Double IPA also surprises with aromas of fresh cut grass and pineapple, featuring a tart hop flavour followed by a smooth finish.
If you’re interested in visiting the brewery, they’ll be offering regularly scheduled brewery tours and access to an outdoor patio this summer. You can visit their hospitality room to try 1oz. or 4oz. samples of their latest brews.
Boxing Rock Brewing, 70 Ohio Road, Shelburne, NS, 902-494-9233