NS CRAFT BEER WEEK PREVIEW: Get to know the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia
Know your brewery! In honour of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week (May 5 - 14, 2017), hosted by the Craft Brewers of Association of Nova Scotia (CBANS), we decided to focus on the association’s member breweries. Here are some little facts about all of them!
Right on Halifax waterfront, it's a great spot for interesting beers and food. Half the taps at the brewpub are the same flagship beers you’ll find at Gahan in PEI, and the other half are specialty made in-house, including some great cask beers.
1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax
Garrison Brewing Co.
Garrison Brewing is turning 20 this year! Located on the south end of the Halifax waterfront, Garrison has hosted many beer events since opening, such as Beer on the Pier, Backlot Bash and Oktoberfest.
1149 Marginal Road, Halifax
Granite Brewing is Halifax’s oldest craft brewery, having opened its doors in 1985. Their location has changed a few times, from Ginger’s Tavern to their current location on Stairs Street in the North End, but their delicious British ales are always consistent.
6054 Stairs Street, Halifax
Good Robot Brewing Company
These folks have definitely carved a space for themselves in the North End. The taproom has something for everyone, with regular events like comedy nights, silent reading nights, vinyl listening parties and card games. Drop by and meet the friendly crew of robots.
2736 Robie Street, Halifax
North Brewing Company
North Brewing has two shops: one on Agricola Street in North End Halifax and another in Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery on Ochterlony Street in Dartmouth. Both locations brew onsite and offer many Belgian-inspired craft beers, as well as other flavourful specialty ales adorned with, arguably, the best artistic labels.
2576 Agricola Street, Halifax
Propeller Brewing Company
Propeller Brewing celebrates its 20th birthday this year! First started by John Allen, his son Mike is now also brewing. With locations in Dartmouth and on Gottingen Street in Halifax, you're never far from a fresh growler fill!
2015 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Located in a basement, this brewpub on Spring Garden Road in Halifax offers growler fills of their rotating list of great beers, they also host a weekly trivia night and open mics.
5686 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Tidehouse Brewing Company
Tidehouse Brewing is one of Halifax’s newest nanobreweries, and you can find it on Salter Street in downtown Halifax. The two owners running the place worked for years at homebrew shop Noble Grape, so they know a thing or two about how to make tasty beers.
2-5187 Salter Street, Halifax
2 Crows Brewing
Two Crows, on Brunswick Street in Halifax, is another one of the city’s newest breweries. They have a taproom with an open concept feel, where you can see how they brew their interesting styles of beers that include an oatmeal pilsner and a very sessionable table beer.
1932 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Dartmouth's own nanobrewery! The two owners brew their beers right at home, so you can only fill growlers in certain beer stores or at the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.
Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market, Dartmouth
Downeast Beer Factory
Dartmouth’s newest place to go for a beer and meal. Unique to them, though, is their drive-thru, which should be opening this spring! You’ll be able to purchase their main three beers there and beer from other great Nova Scotia craft breweries.
612 Windmill Road, Dartmouth
Nine Locks Brewing Co
Nine Locks Brewery was opened in Dartmouth near the Shubenacadie Canal, which also inspired the name. They have a solid main lineup of beers, but they also have a vibrant list of specialty beers, including a Double Chocolate Stout and cream ales.
219 Waverley Road, Dartmouth
North Brewing Company
See listing under "Halifax".
62 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
Propeller Brewing Company
See listing under "Halifax".
617 Windmill Road, Dartmouth
Spindrift Brewing Company
Not an ale fan? Not to worry! The folks over at Spindrift Brewing in Dartmouth only brew lagers, and some great ones at that! With their wide array of styles, you'll find something to fit your tastes, and probably expand what you thought you knew about lagers.
21 Frazee Avenue, Dartmouth
Lazy Bear Brewing
Located in Smith’s Cove, also near Digby, Lazy Bear is a family-run brewery that regularly sells growlers at the Annapolis Royal Farmers’ Market and at bars in the city. Their styles range from pale ales, to a farmhouse ale, to an orange kolsch.
120 W Old Post Road, Smiths Cove
Lunn's Mill Beer Company
Lunn’s Mill is a brewery in Lawrencetown in the Annapolis Valley. So far, the brewery is offering four flagship styles of beer and a black IPA. Good news for those who live nearby: on Friday nights they do deliveries right to your door!
515 Carleton Road, Lawrencetown
Meander River Farm and Brewery
This family operated farm and brewery got started by growing hops to sell to other local breweries. They’re now getting in on the brewing action themselves, and their beers often include ingredients they’ve grown themselves.
906 Woodville Road, Newport
Paddys Irish Brewpub
Paddy’s Pub has two brewpub locations, one in Wolfville and one in Kentville. You can take home growlers of their beers at both locations. Try their Rye IPA, which is made with ingredients from within 10 kilometres of the breweries.
460 Main St., Wolfville and 42 Aberdeen St., Kentville
Roof Hound Brewing Co.
Roofhound Brewing in Hillgrove, near Digby, has some fun experimental beers, including their Dive Bar series inspired by cocktails. Starting with the Mojito Sour beer, they intend to put out a Fuzzy Navel IPA next for the more adventurous beer drinkers.
2580 Ridge Road, Digby
What happens when two school teachers buy and renovate an old schoolhouse to live in? They open a brewery in the basement, naturally! Originally based in that schoolhouse basement, Schoolhouse is in the process of expanding and moving their brewery to a new location (see below).
40 Water Street, Windsor
Sea Level Brewing
No trip to the Annapolis Valley is complete without a stop at Sea Level Brewing in Canning, which is attached to The Port Pub and Bistro. Have a flight of beers while you grab lunch, and watch the Bay of Fundy tide roll in, then swing by the retail shop for cans and growlers to go!
980 Terrys Creek Road, Port Williams
Wayfarers' Ale Society
Wayfarers’ Ale in Port Williams began as a society with a mission of educating people about craft beers and simply appreciating them. Offering mostly European-style ales, the name pays homage to Wayfarers, who were medieval travellers who would stop at churches for a horn of ale and some bread for their journeys.
1116 Kars Street, Port Williams
Rudder's Brew Pub
Anyone who has spent time in Yarmouth has probably stopped by Rudder’s Brew Pub. Not only are they making beer, but the pub offers some of the province’s greatest seafood options to pair with those beers.
96 Water Street, Yarmouth
Boxing Rock Brewing Company
Boxing Rock Brewing Company in Shelburne has a solid lineup of flagship beers, and they are also one of the more experimental breweries, coming out with seasonal and specialty beers. You can find those beers at most NSLC and specialty beer stores, as well as at the Alderney and Seaport farmers’ markets on Saturdays.
78 Ohio Road, Shelburne
Hell Bay Brewing Company
Located in Liverpool, Hell Bay has great beers you can reliably find in multi-packs in stores, including their English Ale and Dark Cream Ale. They also sell bottles as singles that are real treasures when you find them, like their Oatmeal Pale Ale or Hell’s Anvil Irish Stout.
38 Legion Street, Liverpool
FirkinStein Brewing, based out of Bridgewater, is another story of local homebrewers turning their passion into a profession. You can find them at the farmers’ market in Lunenberg, as well as on tap at various locations.
371 Baker Road, Lahave
Based in beautiful Mahone Bay, Salt Box offers their beers in many locations on the South Shore, as well as in their taproom. And for those beer enthusiasts who like being the first to try new beers, their website has a Beer Release Calendar.
363 Main Street, Mahone Bay
Rare Bird Craft Beer
Rare Bird Brewing’s parent company is Authentic Seacoast, owns many businesses, including ones that make spirits, coffee and baked goods. Available through the NSLC, Rare Bird’s craft beers certainly have character.
80 Main Street, Guysborough
Sober Island Brewing Company
Sober Island, located in Sheet Harbour on the Eastern Shore, has interesting beers, including their very popular Oyster Stout. That’s right, a stout that has oysters brewed right in it! They also have a mobile beer truck made from a renovated horse trailer where you can buy growler fills and merchandise.
22478 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour
Tatamagouche Brewing Co
They've been winning awards every time competition since opening two years ago. The brewery is owned and operated by the Jost family (yes, those Josts), so you can rest assured they know a few things about fermentation.
235 Main Street, Tatamagouche
A lovely little brewpub in Antigonish. With a focus on local products, you won’t see any big brand beers served here. Terry is the brewer, and he has a knack for making authentic British-style ales, including hand-pumped cask ales.
76 College Street, Antigonish
Trider's Craft Beer
Trider’s Craft Beer in Amherst is a family-run brewery that is also a proudly Cumberland County business. You can find their beers on taps throughout the city, including their Rod’s Red ale or Yellow Beer’d blonde ale.
46 Anson Avenue #3, Amherst
Uncle Leo’s, found in Lyon’s Brook, near Pictou, is named after brewer Karl’s uncle, who made and sold beer in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are making really consistent, enjoyable ales.
2623 Nova Scotia 376, Lyons Brook
Big Spruce Brewing
Located in Nyanza, is the other brewery in Cape Breton, which is also a certified organic brewery. This year they’re expanding, and it won’t be long now before you’ll see their cans of delicious beer on shelves near you!
64 Yankee Line Road, Victoria
Breton Brewing Co.
Based out of Sydney in Cape Breton (as if you needed another reason to visit the island). Their flagship beers have names that suggest stories behind them, so there’s a local history lesson in every can!
364 Keltic Drive, Sydney