Discover Halifax's hoppiest hot spots, 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, and often locally-sourced ingredients.
The craft beer trend is strong in Halifax and there's no better way to taste those local brews than at the brewery, directly from the source.
Without further ado, enjoy a selection of some of the best craft breweries in the Halifax region:
1. Good Robot Brewing Company
2736 Robie St, 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.
Did you know: 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
2. Propeller Brewing Company
North End: 2015 Gottingen St, Halifax
West End: 6128 Quinpool Rd, Halifax
Dartmouth: 617 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth
Propeller is one of Halifax’s micro-brew originals, with its Gottingen Street location featuring an awesome basement arcade, making it a perfect night out with friends or date destination.
Propeller also offers a full tour of their brewery, accompanied by an explanation of their brewing process.
What to try: London-Style Porter
3. North Brewing Company
Cole Harbour: 899 Portland St
Dartmouth: 62 Ochterloney St
Timberlea: 501 Timberlea Village Pkwy
Focusing on Belgian-inspired beers, North Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Cole Harbour. North Brewing also has a cold beer store on the ground floor of Battery Park Beerbar & Eatery, and a retail location in Timberlea.
What to try: Malternate Reality New England IPA
4. Unfiltered Brewing
6041 North St, 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
5. Garrison Brewing Company
1149 Marginal Rd, 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
More Halifax breweries you'll want to visit:
2 Crows Brewing Co.
1932 Brunswick St, Halifax
Beer Bar: 1672 Barrington St, Halifax
The Beergarden: 5688 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax (seasonal)
The Freehouse: 2534 Agricola St, Halifax
Tusket Falls Beer Project
2220 Gottingen St, Halifax
35 Portland St, Dartmouth
New Scotland Brewing Co.
91 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth
Nine Locks Brewing Co.
Brewery & Retail: 219 Waverley Rd, Dartmouth
Cold Beer Store & Taproom: 5686 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
21 Frazee Ave, Dartmouth
16 Dentith Rd, Spryfield
TAPestry Beer Bar
833 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville
Off Track Brewing Ltd.
275 Rocky Lake Dr Unit #3, Bedford
Sober Island Brewing Co.
22462 Hwy 7, Sheet Harbour
The Harbour Brewing Company
7955 NS Trunk 7, Musquodoboit Harbour
Originally published April 2016
Updated December 2021