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Introducing U-889 Russian Imperial Stout

Published by henry on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 15:15

May 8, 1945 was a good day for Kapitänleutnant Friedrich Brauecker. He had just received communications from U-Waffe Command that Germany had surrendered to the Allied Forces and that the war was over. Communications reception was extremely poor in his area and the command to cease hostilities wasn’t properly received for two days. He had just spent the past 21 hours submerged due to U-889 having been radio-located by the allies. All U-Boats were to return to the U-Boat base in Norway, said the communication from the Directorate.

But Kptlt. Brauecker was somewhere in the North Atlantic on patrol at the time. Norway was days away at 6.5 knots cruising speed at surface and just one knot of speed submerged. What to do now?

Wisely, Kptlt. Brauecker headed for Canada. He must have heard that the Canadian people were friendly on the east coast. So on May 10, U-889 surfaced off the coast of Cape Breton, surrendered to a Canadian Navy Frigate and was escorted to Shelburne, Nova Scotia and tied up at the Government Wharf.

The official reports mentioned that no resistance was given by the men aboard U-889, and that all men aboard were in good spirits. Apparently, they had been drinking on their cruise into Shelburne Harbour. And why not. There was lots to celebrate. Clearly they were happy that the war was over.

Legend has it that when they were searched some men aboard had in their pockets Canadian money and movie stubs from a local theatre. Pretty sneaky, that Friedrich Brauecker. He knew where he wanted to surrender. He’d obviously been ashore before.

Well Friedrich, you did the right thing in the end. What better way to celebrate than with a beer?

Introducing U-889 Russian Imperial Stout.

Strong. Dark. Bracing. Just as we think the submariners aboard U-889 would have liked it.

This Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with passion. We used over six hundred kilos of malt to brew it. We then boiled it for two hours to bring out the rich flavours demanded of the style and hopped it with just enough smooth bitterness to balance it’s richness. We then added some strong coffee from our friends at Just-Us!, and then we infused it with plump Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for over two weeks.

Tasting notes: rich malt, chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, coffee, vanilla. Initial bitterness followed by a long smooth finish. It’s like a dessert in a glass.
Ideal serving temperature: 10°C - 12°C Lightly carbonated. 8.89% ABV 65 IBU

U-889 Coffee and Vanilla Russian Imperial Stout –Now you can have your cake and drink it too.

Introducing Crafty Jack English Brown Ale

Published by emily on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 13:17

Crafty Jack is an English Brown Ale with a rich, roasty malt profile and classic English hop flavours, smooth and easy drinking at 4.2% ABV. We hope you enjoy it!

Ribbon Cutting

Published by emily on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:47

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Grand Opening on Saturday! :)

The day was started off with the ribbon cutting, announced by Pat Melanson on the bagpipes.

Time for a party!

Published by emily on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:05

Are you looking for something to do on Saturday, October 26?! We have the perfect plans!

Join us Saturday, October 26, 2013 between 12-6pm at 78 Ohio Road, Shelburne, NS for our GRAND OPENING!!

The official ribbon cutting will take place at 12:15pm.

The afternoon will be filled with tours and tasting for adults and pumpkin decorating and face painting for kids!

Tours will be held at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30.

To make reservations for tours please call 494-9233 ext. 3 Tuesday - Saturday form 12-6

We hope to see you here!

Grand Opening!

Published by emily on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:37

It has been a crazy summer here at Boxing Rock and we have made A LOT of beer! Now that it is October, we feel like having a party and you're invited!!!

Our Grand Opening will take place Saturday, October 26 from 12-6.

There will be the offical ribbon cutting, brewery tours, tastings and more! Children are welcome as there will be pumpkin decorating, apple cider and lemonade too!

Brewery tours will be offered at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30.

Please make reservations for tours by calling 902-494-9233 ext. 3 Tuesdays-Saturdays from 12-6.

Beer for Sale...Tomorrow!

Published by emily on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:43

Needless to say, we've been busy at the brewery for the last few weeks. Under the watchful eye of our brewing mentor, Dave Mozel from Outpost Brewing Company (soon to be established in Airdrie, Alberta), we've been brewing up a storm. Well, a lot of beer anyway. Today, we say goodbye to Dave. We've learned so much from him and enjoyed having him as part of our team for the past month. He has the patience of a saint...and a great sense of humour...and he likes rum - what more could you ask for? We wish him the best of luck with his new brewery and we are looking forward to a collaborative brew in the future.

Today is also the eve of our retail store opening and our debut at the Shelburne Farmer's Market! We can't wait for you to try Temptation Red Ale, available tomorrow in 1 L and 1.89 L growlers. Come on down to the brewery and check out our store between 11 am and 8 pm. There might even be a few Boxing Rock trucker hats for sale, if you get here early. We'll be open Monday to Saturday from now on, and watch this space...our grand opening event is coming soon!

Time Flies

Published by emily on Sun, 06/09/2013 - 16:48

Time flies...when you are building a brewery.

Amongst a frenzy of painting and other final touches in the brewery, we welcomed our new mash tun and kettle from Diversified Metal Engineering (DME) in PEI in mid-May. We’ve spent the last few weeks assembling, commissioning and passivating the system and are finally gearing up for testing and (hopefully) brewing this week.

We have had an incredible amount of help and support from our friends, family and community and we just want to say how grateful we are to you all (you know who you are!) And to the rest of you…thanks for your patience! There will soon be beer!

We particularly want to acknowledge a crew of talented fellows who have joined us this week from Alberta. An old friend, a new friend and an experienced brewer, Toby, Jim & Dave have been indispensible and up for anything. We could not have done it without you.

On to brewing! I promise, this time, we’ll try to keep you posted. And don’t forget to check out the beer section of the website…for an idea of what we’ll be brewing up in the days and weeks to come.

Bottling Beer in our Nation's Capital

Published by emily on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 14:23

This week we travelled to Ottawa to make friends with our one of our new (to us) Meheen bottling lines. It is a little bit like buying a used car…so we wanted to test drive it and see whether we could get to know its temperament, so we can treat it right when it arrives in Shelburne. The kind folks at Kichesippi Beer Company were great hosts, and let us bottle a couple of batches of beer with them so we could practice.

We did learn few important things in our first bottling line shift on Monday. First, bottling beer is a pretty wet undertaking. There is water and beer everywhere. Second, flying glass is an occupational hazard (occasionally you get a defective bottle that bursts under the pressure of filling it). And third, there are a significant number of bottles that don’t get filled all the way up for one reason or another (“short fills”). Those can’t be sold, but surprisingly there are other uses for those. Everyone does his or her part to make sure very little beer is wasted.

On Tuesday we made a “beer pilgrimage” to Beau’s All Natural in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, about an hour east of Ottawa. After tasting their Beaver River IPEh? At dinner on Monday night, we thought a field trip to the brewery would be worthwhile and we were not disappointed. We tasted several of their beers and had a tour of the brewery. They have a great lineup of innovative and extremely interesting beers (including several gruits – beers made without hops, so technically not beer). We’ve been fans of Lug Tread (their lagered ale) for a long time, so it was great to get to see their newly expanded brewery. Also, we feel like fellow boondock brewers – Vankleek Hill sure looked like a similar sort of place to Shelburne (minus the ocean).

On Wednesday we were back in the brewery to bottle some more Kichesippi Natural Blonde and we were lucky enough to get to watch the Kichesippi crew brew a double batch. We had a fantastic few days in the capital city and learned a lot, and we want to send out a big thank you to Paul Meek, Don Harms and the brewery crew (Eric, Jason, Jeff & Kim) for hosting us.

Brewery construction so far, so good

Published by admin on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 10:43

The On Shore Construction Crew has been hard at work at our new building at 78 Ohio Road for several weeks, and we’re really starting to see some great progress now. Despite the snow, rain and mud, the crew has finished the exterior siding, installed a custom drainage system, and insulated the floor, ready to put in the in-floor heating system and the concrete floor in the brewery next week.

The building has been designed with a low environmental footprint, with many of the building elements such as the enormous roof trusses, re-used and re-purposed from local building demolitions. All the exterior and interior wood siding was milled from trees cleared from the property.

We think it looks great, and we have a vision of what it will look like by summer too, supplied by our inspiring architect, Anne Sinclair.

Why we drove to PEI in a snowstorm

Published by admin on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 22:23

The On Shore Construction Crew has been hard at work at our new building at 78 Ohio Road for several weeks, and we’re really starting to see some great progress now. Despite the snow, rain and mud, the crew has finished the exterior siding, installed a custom drainage system, and insulated the floor, ready to put in the in-floor heating system and the concrete floor in the brewery next week.

The building has been designed with a low environmental footprint, with many of the building elements such as the enormous roof trusses, re-used and re-purposed from local building demolitions. All the exterior and interior wood siding was milled from trees cleared from the property.