I’m confident any journalist who has ever written about craft beer can back me up on this: it’s a tricky topic. Everyone has their favourites, and beer is very subjective. Your favourite beer may be an also-ran to me, and vice versa. That’s why most craft-beer stories play it safe: “Yay, these locals are doing great!” without much practical advice to help you find the best local beers.
But Halifax Magazine is here to help! Our cover story includes “The Halifax Magazine Beer Guide” by Kim Hart Macneill. This mini-guide is jammed with capsule reviews and beer advice to help you find new brews to sample.
As she wrote this guide, Kim polled and interviewed dozens of players on the Nova Scotian craft-beer scene: 15 different brewers, plus retailers, bartenders, beer-tasting club organizers, and beer bloggers and documentarians.
They told us what they’re brewing, what their customers love, and what special beers are waiting in their fridges. With tons of expert advice to draw on, Kim assembled a guide that you’re going to have a lot of fun exploring.
Planning a beery road trip? New to the scene and looking for classics? Wondering what the brewers are drinking? Want to try something different this fall? Looking for a cool bottle from abroad? We can help.
We’re also excited about the accompanying profile of Spindrift brewmaster Kellye Robertson. A talented young brewer, she’s shaken up Halifax’s brewing scene by taking Spindrift on a different course than the province’s other breweries.
Over the coming months, we’re going to keep growing and updating our beer guide. Know a beer we should include? Have a suggestion? Join the discussion at halifaxmag.com/category/beer (and be sure to vote for your favourite brewery in our poll).
Also in this issue, broadcaster Kayla Hounsell returns with a heartwarming story about a Nova Scotian family that is overcoming tragedy by fighting to make it easier for immigrants to come to Canada. And you’ll find Ryan Van Horne’s latest update on the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes regional park. Politicians have yet to make this long-promised regional park a reality.
We’re pleased to welcome a couple new contributors to this issue as well. Emily Sollows joins us with a story about a learn-to-sail workshop for local women. She recently took part and shares her experiences.
Veteran arts journalist Andrea Nemetz joins us. In her first Halifax Magazine story, she previews Mocean Dance’s 15th anniversary celebration. (Interesting sidebar: Andrea also reported on the contemporary-dance company’s first show, 15 years ago.)
PS: Many thanks to Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill in Dartmouth for hosting the cover photo shoot for this issue.