CARNARVON, ON – The small village of Carnarvon in Ontario’s picturesque Haliburton County is home to the province’s newest craft brewery with the opening yesterday (July 1st) of Boshkung Brewing.
Named after nearby Boshkung Lake, the brewery has been founded by veteran homebrewer Blake Paton, with day-to-day brewing operations being handled by head brewer Johnny Briggs. The brewery and retail store is located in the lower level of Rhubarb, a restaurant owned by Paton’s friends and business partners Terri Mathews and Christoph Carl.
The first beer on offer from Boshkung is 35 & 118 Cream Ale, named after the brewery’s location at the corner of Highways 35 & 118, and described by Briggs as “a refreshing smooth bodied ale to quench summer thirsts out by the lake.” Four more core brands – North County Kellerbier, Whitecap American Wheat Ale, Kungaroo IPA and Black Rock Dark Ale – will be launched on Fridays throughout the month of July, and additional seasonals and one-offs will follow.
All Boshkung beers will be available in 1.89 L growlers – and soon, 500 ml bottles – in the brewery retail store, and on tap in Rhubarb, where they intend to have up to six taps dedicated to Boshkung releases alongside two rotating taps for other local craft beers. The brewery store also offers a selection of to-go food items – “gourmet pizza, pickled vegetables, jarred preserves, cured meat, deli sandwiches and salads” – created from the same high quality local ingredients used for the food served upstairs in Rhubarb.