In anticipation of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week which kicks off May 12th, we thought we’d put together a list of breweries all over the province that you have to visit for a genuine taste of our award winning east coast brews.
Many of these spots are more way more than just beer manufacturers, offering visitors historic brewery tours, incredible patios, seasonal beers, and delicious restaurants that you have to check out!
Alexander Keith’s Brewery // 1496 Lower Water Street
Recommended beer: Try a new flavor from this historic brewery in the form of their Galaxy Hop Ale: a hoppy Australian beer known for its distinct notes of tropical fruit.
Big Spruce Brewing // 64 Yankee Line Road
Recommended beer: Visit Big Spruce’s on-farm brewery over the weekend, and pair their classic Kitchen Party Pale Ale with some snacks from Cruisin’ Cuisine on the tasting patio.
Boxing Rock Brewing Company // 78 Ohio Road
Recommended beer: Enjoy a tasting tour at this popular South Shore brewery, and try their new European inspired Crafty Jack English Ale while you’re there.
Breton Brewing Co. // 364 Keltic Drive
Recommended beer: Named after the largest natural giant ever recorded, pour yourself a glass of Black Angus and toast the anchor slinging Cape Breton native.
Downeast Beer Factory // Burnside Industrial Park
Recommended beer: Wash down a delicious meal at the Downeast Restaurant with a pint of their Game Changer IPA.
Paddy’s Irish Brewpub // 42 Aberdeen Street
Recommended beer: Visit this classic Nova Scotian watering hole for a pint of Blueberry Ale, one of their seasonal features on tap right now. There’s also a Paddy’s location in Wolfville if that’s closer for you!
Rare Bird Pub // 80 Main Street
Recommended beer: Both of the Pumpkin and Maple seasonal beers being sold right now at Rare Bird sound pretty incredible if you ask me! Enjoy them at your next outdoor BBQ.
Roof Hound Brewing Co. // 2580 Ridge Road
Recommended beer: Cocktail lovers need to try the Fuzzy Navel IPA at Roof Hound. Pair it with their delicious brunch for an awesome afternoon!
Rudder's Brew Pub // 96 Water Street
Recommended beer: Enjoy a nice cold pint of Yarmouth Town Brown ale and some delicious seafood on the stunning waterfront patio at Rudder’s this summer.
Saltbox Brewery // 363 Main Street
Recommended beer: Try their Nun on the Run Cream Ale, made with honey, Huell Melon hops, Hallertau Mittlefru hops for bitterness, flaked wheat and Vienna malt to create this delicious golden European style beer.
Schoolhouse Brewery // 40 Water Street
Recommended beer: Visit the classroom taproom on Water Street and order a pint of the aromatic Principal pale ale from this historic company.
Sea Level Brewing // 980 Terrys Creek Road
Recommended beer: Pair the brand new German-inspired New World Altbier with some pub grub on Sea Level’s patio, with incredible views of the Cornwallis River.
Tatamagouche Brewing Company // 235 Main Street
Recommended beer: Go for the good stuff and grab a pint of the North Shore Lagered Ale next time you’re in Tatamagouche, and see why this German-inspired Nova Scotian brew was awarded Bronze at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards.
2 Crows Brewing // 1932 Brunswick Street
Recommended beer: Visit this modern new brewery in downtown Halifax and give their seasonal Rustic Farmhouse Saison beer a try!
Good Robot // 2736 Robie Street
Recommended beer: Right now Good Robot has a Coffee Brown ale on tap that you need to try! Head over on a beautiful day and sit out on their epic patio with some friends.