In the past few days, we’ve seen everything change fast, including our local beer industry.
First, organizers cancelled the Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival. Then growlers disappeared. On Sunday, tables moved two metres apart and some breweries started offering beer to-go only.
Yesterday several shut taprooms to keep people from coming to the breweries. As of March 18, retail alcohol sales are restricted to 10 a.m.–7p.m. Monday–Saturday at breweries, private stores, and NSLC locations (closed Sundays). As of March 19, bars and restaurants are closed.
Breweries are getting crafty with online sales, home delivery, and curb-side pick up, but this still means a lot less beer in glasses. That means staff members may be out of a pay cheque and brewery owners are still on the hook for loan, utility, and rent payments with no money coming through the doors.
Many are family-run operations, so in some cases it means whole households without an income. At the moment, the proposed federal support programs only apply to businesses open more than two years. That leaves a lot of people out in the cold.
I love this industry deeply and I want to see it survive and thrive. In that spirit, here’s a list of Nova Scotian craft breweries who sell gift cards online/over the phone. Pre-pay your future bar tab and help them weather the storm.
I’ll update the list as I hear from others. The situation is changing rapidly, so if you spot information you believe is out of date, please let us know. Latest update: April 1, 8:08 a.m.
2 Crows Brewing: Open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday-Saturday for to-go beers only. The taproom is locked so make arrangements before heading down. Click-and-collect, and free next day HRM delivery over $50, and shipping (free over $75 within N.S.) — check the header on the webstore for discount codes. Buy gift certificates online or find out more about delivery and curb-side pick up Instagram.
Backstage Brewing: Call 902-755-9371 to purchase a gift card over the phone. Growler fills at the brewery Wednesday-Saturday from 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Bottles coming soon.
Big Spruce: This brewery is taking can orders in 12-packs via the website. “We have a handling procedure in place to minimize employee handling, commingling, and self-delivery with no contact.” Online orders here for home delivery across Nova Scotia. Contactless pick-up at the brewery. Check Instagram for updates.
Bishop’s Cellar: Close temporarily as of March 23. Will reassess in two weeks. Staff will be paid during the closure.
Boxing Rock Brewing: Order gift certificates or beer for home delivery online here. All the details are here. Local Source Market is offering curb-side grocery pick-up twice weekly and you can get BR beer from them.
Breton Brewing: Starting March 18, next day delivery (weekdays only) and pick-up orders available online. Free within 30 km of the brewery.
Brightwood Brewery: Flat rate delivery $4 within Greater HRM (check the delivery map here. No minimum orders. Order online before 2 p.m. for same-day delivery on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. More details here. Online ordering for pick-up at the brewery.
The Church Brewing: Pick-up available at the brewery, plus takeout food. Delivery within this radius. New: First HRM deliveries start March 26. Order a day in advance. Any change in hours will be posted on Facebook. Keep an eye on Instagram for updates.
Garrison Brewing: Delivery available via phone. Free with $30 order or for $5 for all orders under $30. Call in or online orders can be picked-up at retail locations. Newly expanded delivery area explained on Instagram, plus a contest.
Good Robot Brewing: Cans, growler swaps, and new growlers for home delivery. Same-day cut off is 7 p.m.
Harbour Brewing: Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Will deliver in the local area if you can’t or don’t want to leave your home. Call 902-410-8910. Find updates here.
Heritage Brewing: This brewery is posting daily hours for pick-up on Instagram. Delivery now available with details on Instagram.
Hill Top Hops: Filling its own growlers to go Wednesday–Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Please pay with debit, credit card, and EMT. For more info call 902-757-3510 or click here.
Horton Ridge Malt: Can pick-up at the brewery available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lake City Cider: Order Canada Post delivery online here or call 902-466 7818 for pick-up pre-orders and HRM delivery. Also call for pairing ideas.
Liquid Assets: I bet you didn’t know the airport beer purveyor ships beer. Call 902-873-2275 to arrange beer mail or pick-up outside airport security.
Maritime Express Cider: Free delivery between Windsor and Berwick on orders over $50. Details here. Delivery in HRM April 3.
Meander River Farm Brewery: Call 902-757-3484 to arrange a credit card payment or email money transfer for gift certificates. Plus home delivery in Windsor, West Hants, Halifax, Dartmouth, Truro, and environs on Saturday if you order by noon Friday. Details here. You can also order lavender from the farm to perk up your isolation.
New Scotland Brewing: Can pick-up available. Free online delivery added March 17, gift cards added March 23. Details here.
Nine Locks: Offering curb-side drop off in its parking lot and free home delivery on orders of $65 (4 x 4 packs or more) in Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Bedford, and Lower Sackville. Check Instagram for the latest.
North Brewing: Order online for contactless pick-up at the Portland St. location or get home delivery on orders over $30. Info here.
Off Track Brewing: Bottle sales only for delivery and limited brewery pick up (for online sales only Friday and Saturday noon–2 p.m.). Minimum order of $28. Check out www.offtrackbrewing.ca for details and delivery radius.
Propellor Brewing: You can buy a gift card over the phone with a credit card. Staff will put it in an envelope with your name on it for you to pick up when the time is right. Phone-in delivery orders available in Greater HRM and pick-up orders at the brewery (order in advance, you’re not going in). Check Instagram for details.
Schoolhouse Brewery: Drive-thru contactless pick up available noon–6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 902-472-4677. More details on Instagram.
Shipwright Brewing Company: Crowler sales for limited hours. Only one customer allowed in the store at a time.
Sober Island Brewing: Delivery along the Eastern Shore from Sherbrooke to Musquodoboit Harbour on Wednesday and Saturday. Pick-up at the brewery Thursday and Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you live in Halifax, contact Rebecca. She’s interested in starting Halifax, Dartmouth, Turuon and New Glasgow delivery. Lots of details on Instagram.
Spindrift Brewing: Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Online ordering for home delivery in HRM starts March 21.
Tatamagouche Brewing: Buy beer online and have it shipped across Canada. Learn more here. Brewery pick-up available for limited hours. Pick-up Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $1 off growler fills Tuesday.
Tidehouse Brewing: Temporarily closed but planning to come back kicking periodically with can releases in the coming weeks. Buy a gift card online and watch Instagram for updates. First can release was March 28. Details here.
Trider’s Craft Beer: Call 902-614-8983 or email the brewery and they’ll find a way to sell you a gift card. Drive-thru pick-up options and home delivery on a case by case basis, Tuesday–Saturday, 1p.m.–6 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or (902)614-8983 for details.
Truro Brewing Co.: Nova Scotia’s newest brewery will be open for pick-ups Tuesday–Saturday, 2 p.m.–7p.m. You can buy online gift certificates here. Sadly, Truro is going to close its doors for a regroup at 7 p.m. March 27.
Uncle Leo’s Brewery: Email email@example.com or call 902-382-2739 to arrange delivery within Pictou County Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wayfarer’s Ale Society: Order in advance and get contactless pick up at the brewery. Plus food options. Find info on Instagram.