Nova Scotians enjoy craft beer so much that a mere seven days isn’t enough for Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week 2017. Carb up and prepare to learn, dance and, of course, lift a glass.
Cape Breton Kitchen Party
481 George St., Sydney
7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Breton Brewing and Big Spruce Brewing host this island-themed party featuring live tunes, beers from 15 Nova Scotian craft breweries, and local food. (Tickets required)
Craft Brewery Week Open Brewery Day
Across the province
Visit your favourite Nova Scotian craft brewery. Plan your day right and you can take in a couple of tours and tastings aplenty.
A Salt on the Senses
Henley House Pub & Restaurant
22478 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour
2 p.m.–5 p.m.
This cask event features beer by Brightwood Brewery, Nine Locks Brewing, Boxing Rock Brewing Co., Tatamagouche Brewing Co., Garrison Brewing Co., and Sober Island Brewing, plus free mussels and live music.
Horton Ridge Tap Takeover
Battery Park Beer Bar
62 Ochterloney St., Downtown
Celebrate Atlantic Canada’s first craft-malting house and learn about the folks who put the base in your beer with a malt demo and 19 beers featuring Horton Ridge malts on tap.
Tapped Truro Craft Brew Fest
73 Ryland Avenue, Truro
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Live music, a mechanical bull, and a mini food truck rally–and we haven’t even told you about the beer yet! Tickets include samples from Tatamagouche Brewing Company, Big Spruce Brewing, Saltbox Brewing Co., Garrison Brewing Co., and more. (Tickets required)
Stillwell Beer Bar
1672 Barrington St., Halifax
Last year this event sold out in 36 hours, so it may already be too late. The lucky few will taste rare and on-off beers and guess what they’re drinking until the big reveal.
Craft Beer Cocktail Faceoff
The Auction House
1726 Argyle Street, Halifax
8 p.m.–11 p.m.
Some of the province’s best mixologists and will pair with breweries to fight for the title of ultimate craft concoction.
Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week Brews Cruise
Murphy’s the Cable Wharf
1751 Water St., Halifax
7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Hit the harbour on the Tall Ship Silva with a beer in your hand. This one and a half hour tour on the Tall Ship Halifax will show you a different side of the city, and includes your first beer. (Tickets required)
Craft Beer Week Full House
Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room
2901 Windsor St., Halifax
This year Craft Beer Week signature event features three sessions, and 28 breweries slinging 12-oz. samples. And unlike at the bar, you’re encouraged to take home your glass. (Tickets required)
Good Robot Hangover Trio
Good Robot Brewing Co. Taproom
2736 Robie St., Halifax
You’ve had a nine-day week, you deserve me time. Good Robot has you covered with yoga, session beers, coffee and beer pairings, and an oxygen bar.
BUT WAIT—THERE’S MORE!
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CORRECTION: Tickets are not required for the Stillwell Open; an earlier version of this article got that wrong. Halifax Magazine regrets the error.