UPDATE: Since posting, we have learned that the tanks have been recovered.
A statement from the brewery posted on Reddit:
“Boardwalk Brewing is relieved to announce that after a long, stressful week we have recovered our missing fermenters, with the help of the Coquitlam RCMP.”
“We are grateful for the quick actions taken by the RCMP to locate this important equipment. We would like to thank the community for all their feedback and outpouring of support. A big thank you to the media for the coverage of this story; Without the overwhelming amount of attention brought to this outrageous criminal act we do not think this would have been resolved so quickly.”
“The tanks are now on route to a fabrication facility in Penticton for damage assessment and repair. Unfortunately, it appears that they may be damaged beyond repair.”
“Although this has been a set back for us we are looking forward to the moment when we can open our doors to our community and share a pint.”
“If you would like to follow along with the progress of Boardwalk Brewing you can follow us on our social media platforms. Instagram – @ boardwalkbrewing or on Facebook – Boardwalk Brewing.”
“I have not heard of anything like this before,” said Constable Deanna Law, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “Somebody had to know they were back there and were casing the area. This had to be planned.”
Sometime last weekend two stainless steel tanks (pictured above) were stolen from Boardwalk Brewing in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. According to a report from the CBC, the Vancouver area craft brewery is building a new facility and intended to start brewing in December.
The brewery’s owner, Phil Saxe, says the plan was to pour concrete for the floor this week. He says that when he realized the tanks were missing, he immediately talked to his business partners and neighboring businesses. It sounds like there was a bit of shock and misbelief about the theft, understandably.
“It was pretty devastating, obviously,” Saxe said. “If your neighbor looks like they’re building a brewery in their backyard and some new tanks showed up please let us know. These are worth way more to us than they are in scrap.”
Police suspect that the 16-foot-tall tanks were stolen during the early morning hours between October 16 and 19. They weigh approximately 2,000 pounds each and are valued at about $20,000. The theft had to involve a flatbed truick and a crane or forklift. Police say that because of the industrial nature of the area the activity may not have seemed out of the ordinary to witnesses.
According to the CBC report, investigators are currently gathering and examining evidence, including footage from nearby traffic and security cameras. Saxe says the brewery is offering a reward and is not sure if the theft will be covered by insurance. The tanks were originally manufactured by Newlands Systems and feature the familiar NSI badge on the side.
Photo courtesy Phil Saxe, Boardwalk Brewing.