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Eat & Drink April 15, 2016

7 Craft Breweries in Halifax That Will Cure What Ales You

Discover Halifax’s hoppiest hot spots! These are the places where locally-crafted beer varies from intense IPAs to full-bodied stouts, crisp Belgian brews and experimental ales, all crafted with an array of delicious ingredients.

There’s no denying it – a craft beer trend is happening in Halifax and there is no better way to taste those local brews than directly from their sources.

Enjoy our list of 7 of the BEST breweries in the Halifax region:

1 – North Brewing Company

Halifax Shop: 2576 Agricola St. – North End Halifax
Dartmouth Shop: 62 Ochterloney Street inside Battery Park – Dartmouth

Focusing on Belgian inspired beers, North Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the North End of Halifax. On the other side of the harbour, North Brewing has a growler filling station in Downtown Dartmouth, just inside Battery Park Beerbar & Eatery.

Turn this into the perfect evening: grab the ferry to the Dartmouth side for a night of their Pintxos & Pints Menu, a cool way to share good food along with North Brews’ cold pints.

Don’t forget to grab a growler on your way out!

What to try: Malternate Reality New England IPA

North Brewing Company’s Lawrencetown Surf Session Ale

2 – Unfiltered Brewing

6041 North St. – North End Halifax

Unfiltered Brewing, also located in the North End of Halifax, has great craft beer with some serious attitude.

Located directly next to the brewery is their pub, Charm School, where you’ll find seven or eight of their beers on tap, and locally-made snacks.

What to try: Exile on North Street East Coast IPA

Unfiltered Brewing

3 – Nine Locks Brewing Co.

219 Waverley Rd. – Dartmouth

Although they are a little further from Downtown Halifax than most of the other breweries on this list, Nine Locks is definitely worth the trip out for a sample! If they don’t happen to be brewing when you stop in, they’ll give you a quick tour and rundown of their brewery!

Interesting fact: Nine Locks Brewing Co. is one of the few microbreweries in Halifax to sell their beer in cans.

What to try: Watermelon Blonde


4 – Good Robot Brewing Company

2736 Robie St. – North End Halifax

Good Robot Brewing Company makes craft brews that are “eccentric, experimental and untrue to style.” Like many of the breweries in Halifax, they are located in the North End, and have a great outdoor space and very welcoming taproom. Stop in and enjoy a drink, a snack, and whatever awesome event is happening at Good Robot on the given day. Visitors can also take a brewery tour or purchase growlers at their retail store.

Interesting fact: Good Robot’s beers are vegan, and a majority of them are “gluten-reduced,” meaning many of their beers qualify as < 20 ppm gluten, the international standard of gluten­-free, however, they can’t call their beers gluten-­free because they are made with cereal products. Learn more here.

What to try: Tom Waits For No One

Good Robot Brewing Company

5 – Propeller Brewing Company

2015 Gottingen St. – North End Halifax

Propeller is one of Halifax’s micro-brew original, and is located close to the Halifax waterfront, so it’s not only a great place to fill up your growler, it also makes for a perfect night out with friends, or a great spot for a date!

Propeller offers a full tour of their brewery, accompanied by an explanation of their brewing process.

What to try: London-Style Porter

Propeller Brewing Company

6 – Garrison Brewing Company

1149 Marginal Rd.Downtown Halifax

Garrison is located at the Halifax Seaport, across from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market, and is one of Halifax’s original microbreweries.

Stop by on a sunny day and enjoy a cold draught to go with some excellent people watching!

What to try: Pucker Up

Garrison Brewing Co.

7 – Spindrift Brewing Company

21 Frazee Avenue – Dartmouth

A truly East Coast craft brewery, the founders of Sprindrift Brewing Company were born and raised in the Martitimes and are focused on brewing beer the right way; with patience, pure waters and simple ingredients.

What to try: Killick Session Lager

Spindrift Brewing Company


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