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Boxing Rock Brewing

Updated: Aug 24, 2022

Is this for real? Unless I dreamt a couple of visits, I would say yes. As confirmation and to quench a thirst for craft beer, engineers Emily Tipton and Henry Pedro founded their brew café in 2012 in the town of Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

And the name? According to local folklore, Boxing Rock in Shelburne Harbour is where bickering seaman were left by their captain to sort out their differences. The choice was either to box until only one could return to the ship or shake hands and share a beer before high tide forced a quick resolution.

Keeping with this sporting tradition, there’s a setup for axe-throwing outside the café entrance. Hmm, let's see...alcohol…axe-throwing…what could possibly go wrong? Nothing, fortunately. As for the interior décor, it may be engineer-spartan, but the beer is well-structured and the names expectedly irreverent.

The company advocates greater ethnic diversity in the brewing industry through the Change is Brewing Collective. Proceeds from their Back to Birchtown Old Stock Ale go to the Black Loyalist Heritage Society in Birchtown.

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