Located at 301 Ridgevale Dr, Bedford, NS, Topside Brewing Co is a family owned nano brewery. They don’t have a tap room but instead supply to restaurants and bars throughout Nova Scotia while producing in their small scale brewery. Their beers are brewed in the traditional English style where they focus heavily on ales and cask style beers that are rich, malty, and flavourful. Our pick is their Chaos Stout as it is rich in chocolatey bitterness and has a beautiful full mouth feel. It’s the perfect drink to get you through those cold winter nights.
Located at 5239 Sackville St, Halifax, NS, The Gahan House is one of six locations across Atlantic Canada. Originally hailing from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, this east coast craft brewery began as a brew pub and continues to operate in the same way they always have. This practice is to ensure the freshness of every beer they serve. Their Nova Scotia location is in the Halifax Nova Centre, in the heart of the city. They have a chic dining space, offering a range of traditional pub fare, beer on tap, and convenient cans to go. Our pick is their Beach Chair Lager as it’s crisp, refreshing, and reminds us of beautiful PEI beaches in summertime.
Located at 219 Waverley Rd, Dartmouth, NS, Nine Locks Brewing is one of the largest craft breweries in the province. Since opening in 2014, in the adapted brewpub located within the walls of Your Father’s Moustache, Nine Locks has grown. They recently opened a second storefront location and tap room in Halifax and are in the process of building a new brewing facility to house their ever expanding business. They have a range of year round options but also offer seasonal and small batch beers. Our pick is their Nine Locks Cream Ale for its smooth and approachable characteristics.
Located at 3670 Kempt Road, Halifax, NS, Stillwell Brewing Co makes refined Belgian and European style beers that are sophisticated and complex. Their product is available at two of their exceptional beer bars in Halifax - Bar Stillwell and the Stillwell Freehouse. Stillwell’s conveniently offers a beer garden in the city during the summer months. This brewing company leans heavily on their seasonal and speciality beers, which are often foeder aged and fruited. They also have a European style pilsner that is more readily available throughout the province. Our pick is their Sook Grisette because it’s a lovely example of style with an approachable ABV.
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.