You could stay up all night writing a poem, but we both know the way to a beer lover’s heart is a local brew. Here are five reds to sip and share this Valentine’s Day.

Irish Red Ale
Garrison Brewing Co.
Halifax
A long time favourite, this ruby red ale won numerous Canadian Brewing Awards and World Beer Championships over the last decade. On the hop front it’s low on bitterness, but high on aroma, plus the dark caramel malt gives it a smooth, satisfying finish.

Red Coat (Irish red ale)
Breton Brewing
Coxheath, N.S.
A can of this malty red ale will set your heart a flutter. It’s herbal and bready on the nose, and sweet with caramel malts, plus a dry finish.

Sunburst (pale ale)
Uncle Leo’s Brewery
Lyons Brook, N.S.
Pictou-county musicians Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, Halifax producer-musician Jamie Robinson made sweet music late last year when they teamed up with Uncle Leo’s to produce this collaboration. The result is a malty, full-flavoured beer with a zesty citrus finish.

Temptation Red
Boxing Rox Brewing Co.
Shelburne, N.S.
On first pour this looks like just another red, but its spicy finish will surprise you. Watch for floral and nutty notes, and the extra hop aromas that come from dry hopping the beer after it ferments.

Butcher Block Red
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Tatamagouche, N.S.
Tata says this one is “a beer made for beer drinkers,” and I agree. Roasted barley gives it a notable bitterness, while whole El Dorado hops lend a bold flavour. It finishes crisp and dry to leave you wanting your next sip.