In one of my most exciting and delicious collaborations to date, Champstiles Woodburning and the 5 Paddles Brewing Company have worked together to create a hoppy flavour explosion known as 'Pinebox IPA'.
When 5 Paddles opened up in my hometown of Whitby last year, I burned them a custom canoe paddle with their logo to welcome them to the neighbourhood. After introducing myself and my pyrography work, they reached out to me about doing a collaboration beer named after my Pinebox Longboards.
The Pinebox brand (handmade skate/longboards that act as a canvas for my woodburnings) is a side project of mine that I have been passionately working on over the past couple years, and having it turned into a badass brew has been such an honour!
Back in early May, I went by the 5 Paddles brewery after hours and helped create the first batch with brewmaster Mike Bray and my good friend Kash.
Pinebox is a 6% IPA that is finished with three varieties of piney hops - Columbus, Chinook and Simcoe
The first batch of Pinebox IPA has now been bottled and labelled (amazing graphic done by designer Greg Pool), and like most 5 Paddles beers...won't last long.
Make sure to drop by the brewery at 10 Sunray Street Unit 22, and pick up a bottle. In fact, you should really pick up at least one of every different beer they have in the fridge because they're all damn good!
There is also a 1 Year Anniversary Party being held at Buster Rhino's in Oshawa to celebrate 5 Paddles first year in business on June 7th... hope to see you all there!