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.
Microbreweries and Craft Beers
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.
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:
If spirits are your tipple of choice, you won’t want to miss sampling the artfully handcrafted vodkas, rums, liqueurs and brandies at each of Nova Scotia’s four craft distilleries. From rums reminiscent of our storied rum running past to North America’s first single malt whisky distillery, learn about the products from the distillers themselves on a distillery tour.