This year’s Savour Food & Wine Festival Craft Beer Cottage Party packed the Seaport Farmers’ Market with 30-plus breweries and craft beer aficionados aplenty on Saturday night. The evening featured some old favourites, new brews, and a number of collaborations. Here are some highlights you’ll find on tap around the city this week.

Anaphylactic Choc (porter)
Big Spruce & Bishop’s Cellar
Nyanza, N.S.
Nova Scotia’s craft brewers are hopping on the peanut butter porter train that’s making the rounds of North American craft breweries. Most are too rich to drink more than a sip, but this creamy milkshake of a beer offers beer flavour first followed by peanut butter, with a touch of coco nips. Find it at Bishop’s this week.

Captain Falcon’s Flight (IPA)
Gahan House Harbourfront
SMaSH (single-malt and single-hop) beers get a bad rep for being simple sometimes. I like them because they offer an opportunity to get to know a specific ingredient’s taste. Falconer’s Flight is a juicy, citrusy hop that shines through in this 40 IBU IPA that’s aged on blackberries. Get a pint or, better yet, a growler at the brewpub.

Darkside Black IPA
Granite Brewery
Halifax, N.S.
Black IPAs, or cascadian, beers are still plentiful in 2017. This is an easy drinking, well balanced beer. First come the rich, sweet malt tones, follow quickly by a bitter hop finish. Find this seasonal at the brewery.

Moo Nay (tripel)
Good Robot Brewing & North Brewing
North’s love of Belgian meets Good Robot’s hankering toward sweet beers. This one is a tribute to Moo Nay Farm in Shubenacadie, which feeds spent brewing grains from a number of local brewhouses to its animals. Watch for big banana yeast flavours followed up with a fruity, white wine-like hop flavour. Find it at Good Robot’s tap room.

Project Orange (pale ale)
FirkinStein Brewing
Bridgewater, N.S.
A surprisingly light and refreshing flavour masks the 7% ABV beer that lurks in your glass. Watch for Citra hops, and loads of orange juice on this one. Find it at Battery Park Beer Bar this week.

Halifax Magazine