Pints & Plates 2022

PINTS & PLATES: Backstage Off the Hop Golden Ale Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

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PINTS & PLATES: Backstage Off the Hop Golden Ale Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
Located at 37 Bridge Avenue, Stellarton, NS, Backstage Brewing has a strong musical theme running through both their taproom and the beer they produce. The taproom itself is littered with music memorabilia, from guitars to stage lights, and from picks to a jukebox. This place is the perfect destination for the craft beer drinking music fan. As the first brewery in Stellarton, Backstage provides a place for residents and tourists alike to gather for a well crafted pint while supporting local and enjoying the spot’s musical vibe. It is a welcomed addition to the region for a quality place to spend an evening among friends. Our pick is their Night Moves Pale Ale. It is an approachable ABV that is juicy and fruity.

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PINTS & PLATES: Uncle Leo’s Smoked Porter Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

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PINTS & PLATES: Uncle Leo’s Smoked Porter Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Located at 2623 NS-367, Pictou, NS, Uncle Leo’s Brewery is one of the Nova Scotian North Shore’s hidden gems. They proudly focus on German and British style beers and have won multiple awards for their exceptional craftsmanship. Started by couple Karl and Rebecca, the now well established brewery continues to impress locals and tourists alike. The taproom is a cosy space where customers can get growlers, takeaway cans, or enjoy a traditional ale on their outside patio space. Uncle Leo’s focuses on outstanding quality, and it is evident with every taste. Named after their Uncle Leo from Newfoundland, who had to make beer himself if he wanted to enjoy the occasional pint, the duo honours this tradition in every beer they make. Our pick is their Smoked Porter, which is smokey and bold with exceptional flavour that lingers beyond the pint itself.

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PINTS & PLATES: Candid No Brainer Blood Orange Ceviche

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PINTS & PLATES: Candid No Brainer Blood Orange Ceviche
Located at 88 College Street, Antigonish, NS, Candid Brewing is a loud new addition to the craft brewing industry in Nova Scotia. Everything they do is bold, from their neon retro signage to their flavourful beer lineup. Candid took over the space occupied by the former newspaper, the Antigonish Casket, as a welcomed addition to the university town. The brewery and taproom have a community hall feel where everyone is welcomed. With live events and weekly music, huge lineup of flavourful beers, retro vibes, and welcoming staff, this place has something for everyone. Their beers are vast, and range from bold DIPAs to Earl Grey infused brown ales, and everything in between. Our pick is their No Brainer Pale Ale with Blood Orange. It’s quite citricy, super refreshing, and absolutely delicious.

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PINTS & PLATES: Spindrift Killick Session Buffalo Chicken Dip

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PINTS & PLATES: Spindrift Killick Session Buffalo Chicken Dip
With two locations, one at 271 Main Street, Antigonish, NS, and the other at 21 Frazee Avenue, Dartmouth, NS, the Spindrift Brewing Company is the first drinking establishment to have a rooftop patio in the university town of Antigonish, from which the whole downtown core can be seen. Spindrift Oak Manor took over the beloved building from said longtime clothing store, but they were able to keep the feel of the space by maintaining as much of the original decor and architecture as was functionally possible. Both Dartmouth and Antigonish carry their full range of beers with the exception of occasional variations on tap. They continue to push the boundaries of what craft beer can be as they recently released a hemp IPA that’s taste and aroma is very close to what one would expect from a hemp based product.

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PINTS & PLATES: Annapolis Brewing Company Sugar Chocolate Truffles

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PINTS & PLATES: Annapolis Brewing Company Sugar Chocolate Truffles
Located at 302 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, NS, the Annapolis Brewing Company is situated in the heart of this venerable town; their branding and beer highlight the region that they represent, adding to the rich historic fabric of Annapolis Royal itself. The taproom is large, with space that includes retail, an outdoor patio, and lots of room to sit in and enjoy a fresh pint. The beers available range from porters and vanilla stouts to IPAs and ambers, so there is something for everyone's taste. The Annapolis Brewing Company is located in a beautiful part of the province and worth discovering in person. Our pick is the King George Porter as it is rich, smoky, nutty, and chocolaty. It’s the perfect companion to a hot fire and a cool evening.

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