Breweries and Distilleries
If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia and have spent an afternoon on a deck or an evening dancing the night away to a local band, you know this familiar greeting is always traditionally followed with a drink of a favourite Nova Scotian beverage. Here in Nova Scotia, a province known for lively tales of its rum-running past and for having a capital city with the most pubs per capita in Canada, you will be delighted to discover our many outstanding microbreweries and award-winning distilleries.
Alexander Keith’s Brewery
Opened in 1820, Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale remains the most popular beer in Nova Scotia, and the top specialty beer in Canada. Alexander Keith was one of Halifax’s most influential citizens, and was even the mayor of the city… three times.
Today, his light, floral-tasting beer is still made here and at the original brewery, animators in period costume take visitors on a story-filled tour of the brewery that fittingly ends in the original taproom, complete with a frosty pint.
Although Alexander Keith’s is still an institution here, many local Nova Scotian micro and craft breweries have exploded onto the beer scene in recent years and can be found on tap throughout the province.
To the India pale ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts, add spruce, maple, jalapeno, pumpkin and vanilla beers to the drinks list.
Brew pubs offer the best of both worlds: local food and local drink in one location.
Our brew pubs offer you the finest Nova Scotia products from our land and sea paired with delicious craft beer in a lively pub environment. Try a sampler with your lunch, or order a glass of your favourite beer with your seafood chowder and get ready to stay for the evening. You can’t go wrong with this combination of food, beer and live music.
Seeing as the Apple Capital of Canada is located in Nova Scotia, it should come as no surprise that crisp, refreshing apple ciders are being craft-brewed here. Discover a new favourite below:
From the meandering paths at Tangled Garden that provide fresh ingredients for liqueurs, to North America’s first single malt whisky, to Pear Eau de Vie (with the pear in the bottle) - our Nova Scotia distilleries continue to push the envelope in creating quality distilled products with local ingredients.
Try samples on site, and then pick up a bottle to try your hand at a locally-inspired cocktail. Better yet, visit a local restaurant for a creation of your favourite spirits paired with our local seafood.