When one thinks of Halifax, the first thought normally goes to the delicious and plentiful seafood that you can get when you visit this city. But a close second thought should be how great it is to enjoy a cold craft pint. With an abundance of bars and pubs, and a growing scene of local craft breweries, Halifax is a beautiful place to explore and enjoy the craft beer culture.
What are the top breweries in Halifax?
Did you know that Halifax has more pubs per capita than any other city in Canada?! It might not seem to make much sense but with 6-degree granting universities in Halifax, the need for beer is high! The high amount of post-secondary adults has driven the demand for not only beer but quality craft beer in this east coast city. You won’t have to stroll far to find a pub that serves up local craft on tap, but we recommend going right to the source.
With a number of craft breweries located within walking distance, there’s no better reason to stroll the city on a beautiful day and explore some of the unique and cool craft breweries in Halifax. We’ve chosen 5 of Halifax’s best craft breweries that you cannot miss out on.
How we picked the best Halifax Breweries?
With every ‘Best Breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Halifax.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Halifax brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!
THE BEST HALIFAX BREWERIES
Here we go! Our top picks for Halifax’s best craft breweries for 2021.
2 Crows Brewing Co.
This industrial-chic brewpub brews modern beers brewed with care and quality craftsmanship. Their mission statement celebrates diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and community and you feel right at home when you enter this contemporary brewpub. They specialize in wood-aged and sour beers, but with a constantly rotating lineup, you’ll have lots of choices when you visit 2 Crows Brewing.
- Address: 1932 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 2G7
- Beers to try: Jamboree Fruited Sour and Fantacity Dry-Hopped Witbier
Good Robot Brewing Company
Run by a group of misfits (their words, not ours), this brewery, bar, restaurant, and beer garden is known for its eclectic and eccentric style. Their beers are vegan and most of them are also gluten-reduced, making this a great brewery for beer lovers who are celiac! If you’re around Halifax in the summer, their stunning beer garden cannot be missed!
- Address: 2736 Robie St, Halifax, NS B3K 4P2
- Beers to try: Banana Wizard Chocolate Banana Porter and El Zorro Spiced Dark Lager
Propeller Brewing Co.
One of Halifax’s oldest microbrewery, Propeller Brewing brews all-natural British ales. They understand the good beer tasks quality ingredients and talented brewers and Propeller brings both to their beer table. You can find their beers at many local liquor stores and pubs, but why not enjoy from their taproom which is right by the Halifax waterfront.
- Address: 2015 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS B3K 3B1
- Beers to try: Galaxy IPA and ESB
Garrison Brewing Company
Garrison Brewing brings small-batch, independent brewing to the Halifax craft beer scene. Located on the Halifax Seaport, you can enjoy their extensive beer lineup while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the seafront. They offer a solid batch of core beers, seasonal releases, and specialty brews throughout the year. Additionally, they release limited edition Cellar Series brews and even have a couple of gluten-free beers in their lineup!
- Address: 1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
- Beers to try: Pucker Up Sour and Spruce Beer
North Brewing Company
Though technically located in Dartmouth, we included this in our top Halifax listing because it’s just so dang good. Their Belgian-inspired craft beers are classically flavored and delicious and with two locations, the brewery and also Battery Beer bar, there’s double the reason to give them a try. We also love the vibe in their showroom and patio. Perfect for enjoying a cold craft pint!
- Address: 899 Portland St, Dartmouth, NS B2W 2N4
- Beers to try: Gold Sounds Blonde Ale and Stack o’ Pancakes Imperial Stout
Make sure to go and check these Halifax breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!
If we’ve missed any of your favourite Halifax breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!