Located at 22462 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour, NS, Sober Island Brewing Company has great water views, an outdoor beer garden, trivia nights, and a cool retro pinball machine. As one of the only Eastern Shore breweries, Sober Island brews a wide range of delicious beer. Beth’s Black Oyster Stout uses whole oysters in the brewing process from nearby Pristine Bay, and one can really taste the quality of the beer. Each of their cans are filled by hand, and their approach to brewing, using a no-shortcut, local ingredients, old-school way, is evident in the beer they create. We are big fans of their newly released Lil Skipper light beer for a summer treat or their Beth’s Black Oyster Stout.
Located at 7955 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, The Harbour Brewing Company is one of the smallest craft breweries in the province at 800 sq/ft. Nestled in the heart of Musquodoboit, this true microbrewery is close to beaches, trails, and has both taps and a patio on site. Despite its size, The Harbour Brewing Company produces a surprisingly large selection from which to choose, ranging from the approachable Ginger Pale Ale to a robust Black IPA. There is something to meet everyone’s taste preference. It is a welcoming space that helps the locals keep well stocked with freshly made beer. Our pick is their Ginger Pale Ale because it’s crushable with lots of flavour to enjoy.
Located at 169 Main St, Parrsboro, NS, Two Islands Brewing is on the shores of the Bay of Fundy and brews both traditional and more modern varieties. The taproom is a meeting place for friends and family to enjoy a pint of local Nova Scotia craft beer. It is a rustic space that reflects a bygone era. The walls are decorated with photographs from the 1800s and 1900s, and the whole space pays tribute to the heritage of the town. With recent listings in the NSLC, Two Islands beer is now more accessible to the entire province. Our pick is their Parrsboro Porter.
Located at 235 Main St, Tatamagouche, NS, Tatamagouche Brewery, a family-owned organic brewery that produces incredibly well-made handcrafted beer, sits in the middle of this small but bustling Nova Scotian town. Opening in 2014, they converted an old butcher shop into the current brewery and have been growing ever since. Their beer ranges from the familiar to the weird, but in offering such, they have literally created a beer for everyone. This brewery is one of the more adventurous in the province; they are not afraid to push the envelope regarding either flavour or style. Although there is usually something new to try, one can always find the classics on tap. Our beer of choice is their Square One Saison or Jitney Dry Hopped Sour.
Located at 363 Main St, Mahone Bay, NS, Saltbox has a strong focus on community, relationships, and family. This craft brewery services Mahone Bay and Nova Scotia’s South Shore. It has a welcoming tap room and often have food trucks parked outside so that patrons can enjoy a delicious meal with their freshly brewed beer. With both indoor and outdoor space, this brewery really accommodates everyone. They have also expanded to Bridgewater, under namesake King Street Beer, and to Lunenburg, under Lightship Brewery. They have a line of standard beer offerings representing most popular styles. Their Bluenose Ale is a nice easy drinking pint to enjoy in the summer heat.