Blackburne is our biggest beer yet. It’s a colossal stout in honour of the secretive and strange ritual behind every Major League baseball. This beer pours black and opaque with a mocha foam, giving aromas of baker’s chocolate, vanilla and plum. Blackburne is viscous and smooth, saturated with decadent fudge and toffee, and laced with evergreen bitterness that gives way to a warming finish.
Aubrey “Lena” Blackburne is the former player, manager and one-time coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club who discovered the infamous mud that has been rubbed on every single Major League Baseball since the 1930s. Blackburne rubbing mud is used to remove the polish from freshly made baseballs, allowing them to be thrown properly. The secret location from which the mud is collected remains a mystery to this day.