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Must-try beers: Bluenose best

Our province boasts the most breweries per capita in the country, according to Statistics Canada (2015). Here are our picks for must-try brews from outside Halifax.

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Photo by Trevor J. Adams

Photo by Trevor J. Adams

Cereal Killer (oatmeal stout)
Big Spruce
Nyanza, N.S.
“We’ve done a few Big Spruce tap takeovers and they’ve been hugely successful, because that’s the only way you can have its beers at home.” —Jenny Gammon, Bishop’s Cellar

Boxcutter IPA
Bad Apple Brewhouse
Berwick, N.S.
Produced in a backyard garage brewery in Berwick. “Some variation batch-to-batch, you’ll normally find this beer showing as the perfect example of a west-coast IPA, with a dry, refreshing finish, ultra-simple malt bill and a huge, expressive hop nose displaying citrus and stone fruit aromas.” —Chris Reynolds, Stillwell

The Vicar’s Cross, (double IPA)
Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
“This double IPA was a winner for me as soon as they started producing it. A very well balanced beer that has the bitterness I enjoy.” —Todd Beal, Maritime Beer Report

Smoked Porter
Uncle Leo’s
Lyon’s Brook, N.S.
Beechwood smoked malt gives this rich smoke flavours. At 6.8% alcohol, it’s full-bodied and smooth, with more balanced flavours than you’ll find in most smoked beers.

Nor’easter Ale (American strong ale)
FirkinStein Brewing
A strong offering with a bitter hop bite and a rich amber colour. Find it at the Hubbards and Bridgewater farmers’ markets.

Sons of Hector (brown ale)
Breton Brewing
Coxheath, N.S.
Often compared to a porter, this smooth beer features dried fruit notes.

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