There’s no denying it – a craft beer trend is happening in Halifax and there is no better way to taste that local brew than directly from the source.
Many craft breweries in the Halifax region offer the opportunity to sit down and enjoy their unique brews. We’ve collected the info so you know exactly where to go to find the kind of hot spots you can drink or purchase stellar IPAs, flavourful stouts, Belgian inspired brews or experimental brews made with an array of delicious ingredients.
Here are my recommendations for Halifax’s best breweries:
Focusing on Belgian inspired beers, North Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the North End of Halifax. They’ve also recently opened a growler filling station in Downtown Dartmouth, in front of Battery Park Beerbar & Eatery.
Turn this into the perfect evening: grab the ferry or take a water taxi 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!
Address: 2576 Agricola St., Halifax
What to try: Bridge Saison
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 be able to find seven or eight of their beers on tap, and locally-made snacks.
Address: 6041 North St., Halifax
What to try: Exile on North Street
Nine Locks Brewing Co. are the new kids in town, with their brewery recently opening in Dartmouth, they’ve been the talk of the beer town. Although they are a little further from Downtown Halifax than most of the other breweries on this list, they are definitely worth the trip out for a sample, or if they aren’t brewing they’ll give you a quick tour and rundown of their brewery!
Interesting fact: They are one of the few microbreweries in Halifax to sell their beer in cans.
Address: 219 Waverley Rd., Dartmouth
What to try: Dirty Blonde
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 very welcoming taproom you can drink in, you can also take a brewery tour or purchase bottles at their retail store.
Interesting facts: 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.
Address: 2736 Robie St., Halifaxz
What to try: Samsquamptch! Smoked Ale
Propeller is one of Halifax’s micro brew originals, and located close to the Halifax waterfront is a great place to not only fill up your growler, but also makes for a perfect night out with friends. Propeller offers a full tour of their brewery and explanation of their brewing process.
Address: Gottingen St, Halifax
What to try: London-Style Porter
Garrison is a located on the waterfront, across from Pier 21 Immigration Museum, and the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market, and is also one of Halifax’s original microbreweries. Garrison is an awesome place to stop by for a tasting or beer tour, and also is a great place to host an event or fundraiser.
Address: 1149 Marginal Rd., Halifax
What to try: Irish Red