Shelburne microbrewery picks up bronze at Canadian Brewing Awards

Published on June 14, 2014

Emily Tipton and Henry Pedro are the co-owners at Boxing Rock Brewery.

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By Amy Woolvett

It may only be in its first year but local microbrewery Boxing Rock has craftily picked up a national award for its beer.

Their brew The Vicar’s Cross, won the bronze in the Canadian Brewing Awards this month in the Imperial India Pale Ale category.

 “We are pretty pleased with how things are going,” said Henry Pedro.  “To get something that’s this big in our first year is pretty rare…some people enter their beers for years and don’t win.”

Their recent win reflects their success in Pedro and Emily Tipton, co-owners, first year of business at Boxing Rock.

So well that in January the brewery needed to expand their facility to keep up with supply and demand.

Pedro said they have been keeping busy creating new beers to go with the seasons.

“We are always trying something new,” he said.  “That is the fun part of the business… trying to come up with the next little cool beer.”

Their winning Imperial India Pale Ale was described as a strong and bitter, multi-balanced ale with notes of biscuit, caramel, passion fruit and with a citrusy grapefruit finish, tasting simultaneously bold and fresh.

The Shelburne based brewery now has 25 to 30 taps in various bars, restaurants, hotels and pubs throughout the province.

“People in Nova Scotia are regularly seeking out our beer,” said Pedro.  “It is because of them we are successful.”

He said they would continue to satisfy customer’s needs.

“While its nice to get a bit of recognition I am more interested in keeping people liking our beer,” he said.