The “Flying Boats” moniker and beer names, in general, are a nod to the history of transportation in southeast New Brunswick, including its early aviation, railway, ships and boats, and highway travel. This part of NB has a unique and interesting history that will be celebrated with full-bodied and flavourful craft beers that will be tied to some of these stories.

Flying Boats Brewing was an idea that started in the early 1990s when owner Marc Melanson returned from 10 years of working as an automotive engineer in several European countries. After an abundance of distinctive, regionally produced beers in Europe, returning to Canada was akin to stumbling upon an arid desert, with a lack of selection and variety to choose from. Hence started the process to see what North America could offer. The search for authentic locally produced craft beers was enjoyed during numerous business trips in the US and Canada.

Over the years, more and more selection of locally produced craft beers appeared on the market as well as new beer styles that emerged for different tastes. This coincided with the desire to channel his drive and passion into creating fresh locally produced – Maritime inspired craft beers. When a buddy said, “You should offer this to the public” – the gears started to turn and the long days and countless hours to create great tasting craft beers started and the passion has been driving the perfection of locally produced craft beer ever since.

Flying Boat Brewing started in our garage in June 2015 and was licensed under a 2 BBL system, after several years of home brewing and developing new recipes. We expanded to a new 15 Barrel Brewhouse in January 2018, with a small canning line, and a fully licenced Taproom, offering beer flight samples, pints, plus growler fills and 473 mL cans to go.