At 6.5 percent alcohol, the red ale may be a strong ale, but it has even stronger ties to the past.
The ale’s name “Hands Up” was derived from British Columbia’s notorious, gentleman-bandit, Bill Miner. Miner who was credited as possibly having been Canada’s first Train Robber, on September 10, 1904, was reputed to have also been the originator of the phrase “hands up!” Miner was eventually caught after an aborted payroll train robbery near Kamloops. He and his two accomplices, Tom “Shorty” Dunn and Louis Colquhoun, were found near Douglas Lake, BC after an extensive manhunt. When eventually found, Miner evidently surrendered to the officers with his customary politeness, that earned him the nicknames of the Grey Fox or the Gentleman Robber.