Our Brewers

Emily & Henry

Our Community

Shelburne, NS

Our Brewers

Part of what makes Nova Scotia Craft Beer such a special experience is knowing your brewer. So we thought you might like to meet our beer engineers, and learn who is behind that complex, delicious craft beer in your hand.

Emily Tipton & Henry Pedro

Boxing Rock was founded in 2012 by two engineers with a passion for craft beer, Henry Pedro & Emily Tipton. We love beer for the challenge of designing a good one as much as for the pleasure of drinking it. That’s why we got into brewing in the first place. To us, brewing is a test of wits, innovation and technology and the practice of an age-old craft steeped in tradition and folklore. We are both engineers and craftspeople, proudly offering you our inventions/creations.

Henry is a Chemical Engineer trained at Humber College and the University of Toronto. Before moving with his family to Shelburne, he worked as a professional engineer and manager at an automotive manufacturing company, chemical manufacturing and other mechanical companies. He’s also a successful competitive sailor. His connection to dinghy sailing drew him to Shelburne from the Big Smoke several years back with the dream of founding a craft brewery. Toronto’s Westwood Sailing Club presented him with their Spirit of Westwood Award for 2012 as he and his wife Amanda and their two children departed for Shelburne – club members toasted the couple with, what else, glasses of craft beer.

Also a chemical engineer, trained at the University of Alberta, Emily is experienced in project management, sustainable development and facilitation. She worked in Canada and Britain before moving to Shelburne in 2007. Building a craft brewery in Shelburne was what she figured would be the most fun she could have applying her skills to building a business in Shelburne. Emily is a very active community member, hockey mom, and President of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia.

Our Community

We picked a great place to live, raise our kids and start a craft brewery. Chickens peck about our backyards. We greet friends as we bike to and from work. The hours are long, the work is demanding, but the rewards are infinite. Besides, there’s sailing all summer and beer all the time. Come visit our brewery in beautiful Shelburne and raise a pint with us.

A traditional shipbuilding and fishing community, Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront and 10-block Heritage District at the end of an excellent harbour is one of the best kept secrets in Nova Scotia. The local architecture is a portal back to the great age of sail and to the founding of the town in the 1780s, when the population swelled to 10,000 with the arrival of United Empire Loyalists and Black Loyalists. This was made famous in the novel and Mini-Series “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill, partly filmed in Shelburne.

Today, Shelburne is a quiet town at the southern tip of the province where fishing survives and recreational sailing thrives. It’s a town among many small communities strung along this coast, interrupted only by miles of white sand beach and rocky headlands. Fishing boats cruise in and out of the harbour on their way to check lobster traps or hook some ground fish or try for swordfish out in the Gulf Stream. Shelburne Ship Repair brings in large vessels for refit. At the end of the fishing season and through the summer, lobster boats parade at night, each decked out with their own light show.

There’s a great pride of place about Shelburne and the deep, rich history and contemporary quality of life that fosters it. The community is stubbornly independent and fiercely loyal to its heritage while being a welcoming place for newcomers. We call this “Big Ocean Country,” and while the harbour and nearby open Atlantic Ocean is a great source of natural beauty, recreation and livelihoods, the vast protected forests, numerous lakes and rivers are also there to enjoy.