Boxing Rock Brewing Co | Shelburne, Nova Scotia

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Archive for 2017

April, May, Juniper!

Published by henry on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:53

Welcome to Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week!

Stillwell Beer Bar asked us to brew a terrific beer to enter into the Stillwell Open, but we had to keep it top secret and under wraps.
So we partnered up with our friends at Lunn's Mill Beer Company in Lawrencetown and decided to make something different.

We like saisons, but lots of people make saisons. However, why not try a Juniper Saison?
Juniper berries are one of the primary botanicals in every great gin, and they have an awesome aromatic profile that pairs pretty well with our favourite French Saison yeast.

So April, May, Juniper was brewed, and we stuck it into the Stillwell Open and won the category with it!

You'll be able to see what all the fuss was about at Stillwell while supplies last, as well as in bottles at Bishop's Cellar, Rockhead Wine and Beer Market, Harvest Wines and Cristall Wine Merchants. You'll be able to get it in growlers at our stalls at the Halifax Seaport Market and Alderney Farmers Market on Saturdays.

And now that we're open seven days a week, stop by any time and buy a few at our brewery retail store in beautiful Shelburne!

My Mate!

Published by henry on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:13

Sometimes you have to overstep your boundaries.

We love stouts. We hadn't made a proper stout yet, so thought it was about time we got around to brewing one.

We called on our good friend and rogue brewer Karen Allen and she came up with a terrific idea for a stout using a "secret" recipe.
It was a challenge to get it right. If we messed up it would make either an undrinkable beer or a plain-jane stout that couldn't punch through a wet paper bag.

Well we did it and the result is My Mate, Secret Recipe Stout.

It's a beautiful dry Stout that hits all the right notes: big, dark, roasty, malty, with just the right type of bitterness to balance out the big malt character, and then there's that je-ne-sais-quois character that makes it so mouth-fillingly chewy and big.

All wrapped up in a beer with just 5.5% ABV.

Enjoy!

My Mate Secret Recipe Stout is available in 650 ml bottles at Rockhead Wine & Beer Market, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants and Bishop's Cellar.
You can also get it in growlers on Saturdays at the Halifax Seaport Market, and Alderney Farmers Markets.

Of course you can always pick some up at our brewery retail store in beautiful Shelburne.

Stayin' Alive!

Published by henry on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 07:39

As the winter months slowly relent and the weather changes we bring our minds back around to great beers, in this case great lagers.

Bocks trace their origins to the German town of Einbeck as far back as the 14th century, and were later adopted by Munich brewers who turned it into a great winter and spring lager.

Bock was traditionally brewed by monastic brothers who drank it for its nutritional benefits, especially during times of spring lenten fasting leading up to Easter.

It was so important to the Paulaner Monks from Cloister Neudeck ob der Au that they applied for and received special dispensation from the Pope to be able to consume it during their lenten fasting periods. That's thinking outside the box, so to speak, and we think that's pretty cool.

So we brewed a version of our own. "Stayin' Alive" is packed full of great beer flavours, with a malty base that's unmistakable. Lots of biscuit, bread, and roast in the base, all backed up by a mild smooth bittering from the old world hops and just a hint of noble hop flavour.

We think it's great! Give it a try.

Stayin' Alive is available right now at Bishop's Cellar, Rockhead Wine & Beer Market, Harvest Wines, Cristall Wine Merchants, and you can get it on tap at several bars in Halifax. Check out our up-to-the-minute tap-list map here.

Henry's Cream Ale

Published by henry on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:32

A Cream Ale??

We can hear the naysayers now. "That's not real craft beer!" they'll say.

Well when its brewed with 100% great pure malts and finished with awesome noble and new world hop goodness, when it's hand- made in small batches without preservatives, pasteurization, extracts or corn, you bet your ass it's great Nova Scotia Craft Beer.

Have a pint right now at Battery Park, Brooklyn Warehouse and The Henry House.

You can also get it in growlers at our stalls on Saturdays at the Halifax Seaport Market, The Alderney Farmer's Market, at Rockhead and Harvest Wines, and of course at our retail store at the brewery in Shelburne.

#nscraftbeer

Black Box Challenge 2017!

Published by henry on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:18

The Boxing Rock Black Box Challenge is Back!


Think you can brew better beer than we can?
Don't just brag about it, show us!
Are you ready for the Black Box Challenge?

The deal:

You pay an entry fee of $55. We donate half of the entry fee to the Shelburne Food Bank. There will be up to 25 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 February 2 until February 7.
Please bring a printout of your Eventbrite registration ticket in order to claim your Black Box.

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

Preliminary judging will take place at the Boxing Rock Brewing Company. We will shortlist six competitors who will then be required to prepare a short 5-7 minute visual presentation to be heard at Stillwell Beer Bar on Sunday March 19, 2017 starting at noon.
The judging final panel will hear your presentations before any tastings take place.
You must prepare a short 7 minute or less presentation and present your entry in person to the final 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. Interesting photographs and stories are encouraged, but please keep descriptions of your setup to under a minute.

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
Final judging will be performed by a panel of both BJCP certified judges, certified Cicerones, 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 total 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 even put it on tap at various bars in Nova Scotia.

Black Box Challenge 2017!

Published by henry on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:18

The Boxing Rock Black Box Challenge is Back!


Think you can brew better beer than we can?
Don't just brag about it, show us!
Are you ready for the Black Box Challenge?

The deal:

You pay an entry fee of $55. We donate half of the entry fee to the Shelburne Food Bank. There will be up to 25 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 February 2 until February 7.
Please bring a printout of your Eventbrite registration ticket in order to claim your Black Box.

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

Preliminary judging will take place at the Boxing Rock Brewing Company. We will shortlist six competitors who will then be required to prepare a short 5-7 minute visual presentation to be heard at Stillwell Beer Bar on Sunday March 19, 2017 starting at noon.
The judging final panel will hear your presentations before any tastings take place.
You must prepare a short 7 minute or less presentation and present your entry in person to the final 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. Interesting photographs and stories are encouraged, but please keep descriptions of your setup to under a minute.

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
Final judging will be performed by a panel of both BJCP certified judges, certified Cicerones, 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 total 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 even put it on tap at various bars in Nova Scotia.

Good luck, and good brewing!