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Archive for January 2016

Rumble in the Alley Round 2!

Published by henry on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:10

Rumble In The Alley Round 2 is the second collaboration between the Boxing Rock Brewing Company and our friends at Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown, PEI.

Some of you may remember Rumble in the Alley Round 1, a SMaSH IPL made with 100% Maritime 2-Row malt and 100% Amarillo hops.

This second round of Single Malt and Single Hop beers features a SMaSH IPA made with 100% Dark German Munich malt and 100% Ontario grown Santiam hops from our friends at Clear Valley Hops in Ontario.

This awesome collaboration features great malty flavours of biscuit, honey and toasted grain with a unique hop structure featuring a fragrant floral nose followed by a lemon-lime flavour touch, finishing with that unmistakable Santiam character: spicy and citrus notes and floral aroma resulting from copious dry-hopping.

Available for a limited time only at select bars in Halifax and Antigonish, as well as in 650 ml bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Rockhead Wine & Beer Market, Harvest Wines, and Cristall Wine Merchants.

It will be available in 1L growlers at our stalls at the Halifax Seaport Market and the Alderney Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Of course you can also get it at the Brewery retail store in Shelburne.

Oban Heather

Published by henry on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 09:57

We've gone Scottish!

Something must have gotten over us, and we couldn't resist.
We invited our good friend Jason "Professor" McDougall to come and brew something special.

Made with loads of Golden Promise Malt, it has a perfect malty biscuity base to showcase the 35 kg of Scottish Heather flowers we put into the brew.
To balance all those heady floral notes of the Heather, we added lots and lots of wildflower honey from our producer up in the Annapolis Valley, and just a hint of peat smoked malt.

The we added just a touch of English Fuggles hops to balance the whole affair.

It's the perfect accompaniment to your Robbie Burns dinner. But it's so sessionable you'll want to drink it any time.
This beer is so unmistakably Scottish that you'll be donning your kilt before the end of your pint!

Available for a limited time only at select bars in Halifax and Antigonish, as well as in 650 ml bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Rockhead Wine & Beer Market, Harvest Wines, and Cristall Wine Merchants.
It will be available in 1L growlers at our stalls at the Halifax Seaport Market and the Alderney Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Of course you can also get it at the Brewery retail store in Shelburne.

Black Box Challenge Homebrew Competition

Published by henry on Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:32

The Boxing Rock Brewing Company Announces Its First Homebrew Competition!
The Black Box Challenge


Think you're the best home brewer in Nova Scotia? Do you think your beer is better than all the commercial craft brews on the market? Can you make it better than we can?
Don't tell us, show us!
Are you ready for the Black Box Challenge?

The deal:

You pay an entry fee of $45. We donate half of the entry fee to the Shelburne Food Bank. There will be up to 20 entries allowed.

Registration is through Eventbrite. Click on this link to register.

Only amateur brewers may participate. No pros, please.
In the spirit of the cooking competition "Chopped Canada" you will receive a "black box" of goodies sufficient to make several 5 gallon batches.
There will be 8 malts, 5 hops and 2 yeast varieties in each Black Box, and each Black Box is identical. There are sufficient ingredients to brew a 1 gallon test batch and up to two 5 gallon batches depending on style. Successful registrants can pick up their Black Box of ingredients from Stillwell Beer Bar starting January 23 until January 31.
Please bring a printout of your Eventbrite registration ticket.

The Rules:

You may brew any style you want. Sky's the limit. HOWEVER, you may ONLY use what's in the Black Box and nothing more. That means, no adjuncts, no extracts, nothing except what's provided.
You don't have to use every ingredient given to you, but you cannot use any outside ingredient.
You may submit only ONE style for your entry.
Please, no entries over 9% ABV.
Only one entry per person please.

The Presentation

Presentations and judging will take place at Stillwell Beer Bar on Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 am.
The judging panel will hear all the presentations before any tastings take place.
You will prepare a short 5 minute or less presentation and present your entry in person to the judging panel. In this presentation you will describe the style you chose and why, the ingredients you chose, what equipment you used, any technical challenges and how you overcame them, and how you feel your beer turned out. Photos of your brewing setup are encouraged, and should be submitted along with your presentation.

Judging:

You must submit the equivalent of six 341 ml, or 12 oz bottles for judging. The style you've chosen to brew has to be clearly marked on the entry form, and copies must be wrapped around each bottle submitted and secured with an elastic band. Style guidelines may be downloaded here: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf
Judging will be a panel of both BJCP certified judges, media and industry professionals, including ourselves! Judging will include BJCP principles, but your presentation and story also counts towards your final score, so make it good. The entry with the highest score will win.

The winner:

We'll choose the winning entry and name the winning brewer the Black Box Brewer of the Year, and award you a cool trophy. We will contact the winning brewer and invite you down to Shelburne where we'll help you make your brew on our 17 HL system. Then we'll package your beer in kegs, growlers and 650 ml bottles and offer it for sale with proceeds going to the Shelburne Food Bank. We'll debut your beer at the Stillwell Open on Sunday May 8, 2016 during Craft Beer Week and put it on tap at various bars in Nova Scotia.