New home identified for proposed Shelburne brewery

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An almost complete building off the Ohio Road has been identified as the new potential home for a Shelburne brewery.

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By Amy Woolvett


The Shelburne brewery aiming to open this year has set its sights on a new location within the town.

The Dock Street Brewery changed its name once it was confirmed Dock Street was not going to be its home.

The newly named brewery, the Boxing Rock Brewing Company’s founding partners and beer engineers Emily Tipton and Henry Pedro are hoping their company’s new home will be at 78 Ohio Road in Shelburne.

“With a change in location, came a change in our name,” wrote the partners in a newsletter.  “We are hard at work designing our new logo, website and our new brewery.”

The company has started the process with the Town of Shelburne to rezone the property to allow for industrial zone to accommodate the business.

As a part of the process, a public meeting will be held on Jan 8 at 7 p.m. at the Community Centre in the Meeting Room on 63 King Street in Shelburne.

“The public meeting will be to get feedback and possibilities of what bylaw amendment to put forward,” said CAO for the town, Dylan Heide.

He said that after that council would hold a first reading of the draft amendment, advertise a proposed change followed by a public hearing that will accept both verbal and written opinions from the public.

“I encourage people to voice their support,” said Pedro.

He doesn’t expect there to be very much negative feedback at the meeting.  Their proposed business while labeled as industrial, will not pose significant smells or noise to the area. 

The Shelburne location, not far from the Tim Horton’s would be placed well back from the main street as well.

“Historically, breweries have made very good neighbours,” said Pedro.

The building the company is eyeing is one that is already mostly constructed.

Chemical engineers Tipton and Pedro are aiming to bring perfected recipes of all natural ales, stouts and lagers to sell to local bars and the NSLC’s in Nova Scotia.

“It’s a building that suits our needs and we are hoping the town feels the same way,” said Pedro.

In December, the business partners announced they wouldn’t be moving into the historic Cox Warehouse, despite government grants planned to renovate the facility.

The change was made due to renovation delays on the warehouse and high costs to adapt the business for the building.

Society members have since been scrambling to find another tenant, a prerequisite before almost $230,000 of federal funding announced earlier this fall can be released.

Company owners say the timelines are tied to obtaining their brewery license and producing product for the summer of 2013.


Organizations: COAST GUARD, Dock Street Brewery, Boxing Rock Brewing Company Community Centre

Geographic location: Shelburne, 78 Ohio Road, 63 King Street Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • luisa
    January 08, 2013 - 20:41

    how does the name 'boxing rock' relate to (a) the location, and (b) the beer?

    • dan bruce
      January 23, 2013 - 15:15

      boxing rock is a squarish tidal rock on the west side of the harbor where once long ago a dispute was resolved by two men "dukeing it out", I remember the rock, but not any details.

  • Craig Guthrie
    January 08, 2013 - 13:14

    You really could not ask for a more community minded group of people. Environmentally conscious, sustainably minded and family oriented. There are few better combinations for small business in rural Nova Scotia!