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Beer & Beethoven

Friday May 6, 2016 – Saturday May 7, 2016

Beethoven in jeans, a pint in hand? The master would revel in the rousing!

Wear your jeans and come on out for Symphony Nova Scotia’s 25th annual end-of-season fundraising party! Hear great music, sample local craft beer, and try out an instrument at Long & McQuade’s Fun Zone – all in a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of pints and loads of fun. Featuring orchestral music from classical to Celtic, special guest performers, and a delightful selection of the Nova Scotia Craft Brewers’ finest, it’s sure to be a rollicking good time for all. Come thirsty!

Seating is limited, and restricted to those 19 or older.

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Cape Breton Kitchen Party

Friday May 6, 2016

Hosted by Cape Breton’s own Breton Brewing and Big Spruce Brewing. Join us at Centre 200 in Sydney for local live music, Nova Scotia Craft Beer, with Cape Breton restaurants creating some awesome food. Over 10 breweries, food vendors and four musical acts.

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12 Tides: Launch of the 2015 Tidal Bay wines

Friday May 6, 2016 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Come and join the Wines of Nova Scotia as we celebrate the launch of Tidal Bay for vintage 2015. This is the second year of 12Tides and we are thrilled to offer Nova Scotia's premiere white wine with food pairings to excite the senses! Of course we will feature delicious Nova Scotia seafood provided by Sober Island Oysters which are a perfect match for these elegant aromatic whites. Not a big seafood fan? Not to worry, there will also be plenty of food options from the Stubborn Goat Gastropub and the Chef at the Marriott. New to the event this year, Live entertainment - organizers are very excited for our musical guest this year, but "Ssshh!" we can't tell you who. And challenge your palate to the blind tasting bar run by the wine experts from Bishop's Cellar, a chance to do a side by side blind Tidal Bay tasting.

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Open Brewery Day

Saturday May 7, 2016

Visit your local brewery for tours, tastings and to meet your brewer! See how NS craft beer is made fresh and delicious. Check in with your local brewery for time and what’s on tap during Open Brewery Day.

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Sugar Moon

Saturday May 7, 2016

Field Guide Restaurant will present a seasonally themed three course meal, thoughtfully paired with the North Shore’s delicious craft beer, including Tatamagouche Brewing and Uncle Leo’s - taking place at the ever charming Sugar Moon Farm. $55 per ticket.

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Race the Kegs

Sunday May 8, 2016

Join the arrival party for collaboration brews from the North and South of Nova Scotia. Craft breweries from across the province have teamed up to face off for this challenge, which includes racing the kegs of their collaboration brews to Halifax Harbour by sail.

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Stillwell Open

Sunday May 8, 2016

Stillwell Open has issued a double challenge this year. The afternoon event will crown the “Best Session Beer” and in the evening the “Best Imperial Beer” will be named. This event will feature 24 beers brewed by home brewers and craft brewers. Every beer will be launched exclusively at this event.

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A Walk in the Park

Tuesday May 10, 2016

This is a new Craft Beer Week Signature Event hosted by the newly opened Battery Park in Downtown Dartmouth. The event begins with an oyster and beer reception, followed by a 5 course dinner where chef, brewer and farmer work together to pair each dish. This event will feature new and unique brews.

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Beer Cocktail Face-off

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Join the Auction House bartenders and your favourite NS craft breweries as they design and face off with bespoke beer cocktails. Live music and a great time. A great way to introduce new beer drinkers to craft beer!

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NS Craft Beer Royal Rumble

Thursday May 12, 2016

A wrestling themed blind showdown of Nova Scotia’s finest Craft Breweries hosted by the Stubborn Goat in Halifax. Breweries will bring their best one-off creations to battle it out in an all out vote with your throat showdown. The first keg emptied will win the title of being Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Heavyweight Champion. In this challenge, if you ain’t 1st, you’re last. This event will run from 8pm - Close.

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The Science of Beer is back for year two! This year our participating breweries will cover some new beer-science related subjects, so if you bought tickets last year, you'll definitely enjoy this year's event as well.

Our own Angeline MacLennan (Certified Cicerone) and friend of the magazine and craft beer expert Chris McDonald will again host the main theatre presentation.

Burritos and beer ice cream will be supplied by our friends at Dee Dee's Ice Cream, and there will be vegetarian options too.

Guests will also get 2 beer samples from each presenting brewer, which equates to 4 glasses of beer.

Our list of brewery presentations include:
Tatamagouche Brewing Co. - organic beer
Boxing Rock Brewing Company - carbonation
Propeller Brewing Company - TBA
Garrison Brewing Co. - TBA
Spindrift Brewing Company - brewing lagers
Sea Level Brewing - TBA

The evening promises to be a memorable one. Just don't forget to snap up one of the 150 available tickets!

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Brews Cruise

Friday May 13, 2016

Sailing and beer: the ultimate Nova Scotia pairing. Halifax’s beer enthusiasts will be in and out of bars all week to celebrate Craft Beer Week. We’re here to tell you it’s time to treat yourself to something a little different. In connection with the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia‘s Craft Beer Week, Murphy’s is excited to be hosting the ultimate beer experience – by bringing you out on the water.

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Full House Craft Beer Fest 2016

Saturday May 14, 2016

Join the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 14 at the Full House Craft Beer Fest, as they celebrate Nova Scotia Craft Beer during the Second Annual Craft Beer Week. Guests will have access to many of the very best beers made right here in Nova Scotia. Your $30 ticket (Earlybird price) gets you in the doors along with a very nice 16oz. Belgian-style take-home glass, and your first 12 4oz. beer samples (4 glasses). There will also be loads of other great activities as well. Just choose your session (1:30-4pm or 6:30-9pm), buy your ticket, and prepare yourself for the best time ever!

You will be able to taste craft beers from the following Nova Scotia craft brewers: Boxing Rock Brewing Company, Garrison Brewing Co., Propeller Brewing Company, Tatamagouche Brewing Co., Spindrift Brewing Company, Big Spruce Brewing, Breton Brewing Co., Good Robot Brewing Company, Hell Bay Brewing Company, Meander River Farm, Sea Level Brewing, North Brewing Company, Schoolhouse Brewery, Gahan House - Halifax, Nine Locks Brewing Co., Granite Brewery, RockBottom Brewpub, Uncle Leo's Brewery, Rudder's Seafood Restaurant & Brew Pub, and Rare Bird Craft Beer.

This event will also feature a games centre, presentation stage, dining area, swag shop, info centre, and much, much more.

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Third Annual'ish' Wine & Spirits Gala

Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Wine & Spirits Gala is returning to Halifax in 2016!

This year's event will feature 4 themed rooms, each celebrating a unique aspect of the food & drink scene in Nova Scotia. Full details coming soon. Tickets are all-inclusive. Early bird tickets available now!

ROOM #1 - SELECT NOVA SCOTIA SEAFOOD RECEPTION
This room will feature many of our provinces top seafood producers. Oysters, clams, mussels, herring, scallops, and more. Wine service by Devonian Coast.

ROOM #2 - SPIRITED AWAY IN LUNENBURG
Spirited Away in Lunenburg will be a preview for the annual event held in Lunenburg. On hand will be 8 distilleries from Nova Scotia, along with Lot Six Bar & Restaurant, Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar, and East of Grafton Tavern crafting cocktails using local spirits. Music by DJ Goldilocks.

PARITICPATING DISTILLERIES:
Ironworks Distillery, Steinhart Distillery, Tangled Garden, Cold Stream Clear Distillery, Still Fired Distillery, Authentic Seacoast Company

ROOM #3 - WINE PAIRINGS ROOM
11 local restaurants and 11 Nova Scotia wineries will be paired together, serving custom designed food and wine pairing for your enjoyment, all to a back drop of live string music courtesy of Cecilia Concerts.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:
Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar, The Brooklyn Warehouse, Le Bistro by Liz, Frais catering, The Stubborn Goat Gastropub, Avondale Sky Winery and D'Vine Morsels Restaurant, Le Caveau Restaurant, Morris East Restaurant, Scanway Catering, Cake & Pastry Shop Halifax, Lot Six Bar & Restaurant, and Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar.

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:
Planters Ridge, Benjamin Bridge, Petite Riviere Vineyards, Grand Pré Wines, L'Acadie Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery, Muwin Estate Wines Ltd., Lightfoot & Wolfville, Sainte-Famille Wines Ltd., Petite Riviere Vineyards, and Luckettvineyard.

ROOM #4 - SWEET PARADISE
No wine and spirits event is complete without a dessert room. In Sweet Paradise, you will experience the wonderful world of Dee Dee's Ice Cream and Rousseau Chocolatier. Also in Sweet Paradise will be our friends at Taste of Nova Scotia, Lang Optometry, Liquid Gold Tasting Bar & All Things Olive : Bedford, Go North Tours, NovaScotian Crystal, and Liquid Assets.

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2016 Backlot Bash!

Saturday June 11, 2016 at 5:00pm

On June 11th Garrison Brewing is throwing an epic party to celebrate the anniversary of opening their expanded Seaport brewery. Backlot Bash! will feature a live open-air concert by Canadian Alt-rock sensations July Talk , Multi-ECMA nominated Alert the Medic, and local faves Three Sheet and The Brood. The event is in support of the Ecology Action Centre and officially kicks-off the summer concert season in Halifax.

Along with great live music there will of course be fresh Garrison craft beer and local cider. Garrison favourites will pour beside several special release and seasonal brews. To wash it all down there'll be Food Trucks creating spectacular local fare.

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The Cask Beer Throwdown 2016

Saturday September 24, 2016

Come celebrate the abundance of Nova Scotia's craft beer scene at Halifax's first-ever cask festival. 2 sessions will be available, each offering you a variety of unique cask conditioned beers. Ticket price gets you in the door, 12 - 4oz samples (4 glasses), and a Belgian-style take-home glass.