It’s been 80 days since you could mosey up to a Nova Scotian bar for a pint with friends. While many taprooms, bars, and restaurants reopen today, expect many changes.
Many breweries have decided to wait a week or more to reopen so they can create new systems to keep people safe. Luckily, the provincial government announced this week that home delivery can continue, which means your favourite beers are just a click or a call away.
I’ve done my best to keep this list updated, but things change quickly. Please use the links below to confirm your favourite spot is open before visiting.
All taprooms and breweries have new provincial regulations to follow; many have new in-house protocols from arrows on the floor to mandatory reservations. These rules are new for you, but they’re also new for staff. We’re all learning together. Be kind to staff and tip generously. Remember that most of them have been off for weeks or months, and everyone is operating at 50% capacity or less, which means fewer tips.
If you spot information below you believe is out of date, please let us know. Latest update: June 26, 10:52 a.m.
2 Crows Brewing: June 6, the taproom is open for pints. Thurs.–Sat., noon–10 p.m.; Sun.–Wed., 2 p.m.–8 p.m. Click-and-collect, and HRM delivery (free over $50), and shipping (free over $75 within N.S., Canada Post rates across Canada) will continue. Check the preamble to the webstore for discount codes.
Annapolis Cider Co.: Open noon–5 p.m. for in-store purchases and growler exchange.
Big Spruce: Online orders here for home delivery across Nova Scotia plus online orders via Canada Post. Can orders must be multiples of 12, bottles multiples of six. Open for pints, flights daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. starting June 12. Food truck open Thurs.–Sat.
Bishop’s Cellar: Ope to the public with limited customers in the store at a time. Mon.–Wed., 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat., 10 a.m.– 9 p.m. Free delivery on $150 minimum order, $5 delivery on $50+ within HRM. Curbside pick-up available with 48 hours advance order. Check the website for details because things continue to change.
Boxing Rock Brewing: Order gift certificates or beer for home delivery on the South Shore and to Halifax. All the details are here. Local Source Market is offering curb-side grocery pick-up several days per week and you can get Boxing Rock beer with your order. The Shelburne tap room opens June 5, 4 p.m.–7 p.m., by reservation (902-875-2822) and the beer store noon–7 p.m.
Breton Brewing: Taproom open for pick-ups and pints. Mon.–Tues., noon–6 p.m. (take out only); Wed.–Sat., noon– 8p.m.; Sun., noon–5 p.m.
Check social for updates. Next day delivery to continue. Free within 30 km of the brewery; to HRM, minimum 12 can orders.
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 and Friday. More details here. Taproom open daily as of June 5. Check Facebook for details.
The Church Brewing: Taproom and kitchen reopening June 5 at noon. Daily local delivery within this radius. Valley delivery on Wed. with orders in by 8 p.m. Tues., HRM delivery on Thursday with orders in by 8 p.m. Weds. Any change in hours will be posted on Facebook.
FirkinStein Brewing: Growler fills and crowlers available at the brewery. Taproom opening June 5. Find details on Facebook.
Garrison Brewing: Free delivery 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 here. Seaport patio and taproom and The Oxford patio and taproom opening at June 5 at noon. Check Facebook for updated hours.
Good Robot Brewing: Cans and new growlers for home delivery. Same-day cut off is 6 p.m. See the delivery map here. Pick-up available at the brewery. Gastroturf and taproom opening June 18. Watch Instagram for hours and safety info.
The Harbour Brewing: Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. for patio pints and pick up. Will deliver in the local area if you can’t or don’t want to leave your home. HRM delivery available upon request. Call 902-410-8910.
Heritage Brewing: Delivery available in Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Digby counties with details on Facebook. Taproom opens June 5, 11 a.m.
Hill Top Hops: Filling its own growlers to go Wednesday, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday–Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Please pay with debit, credit card, and EMT. Delivery in Hants County. For more info call 902-757-3510 or click here.
Horton Ridge Malt: Can pick-up at the brewery. Taproom opens June 5. Check Facebook for details.
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. Taproom to remain closed for now.
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.
Lunn’s Mill Beer Co.: Order gift certificates and beer online here. Next day delivery Mon.–Sat. in Annapolis and Kings counties. Place orders by 10 p.m. Taproom open for pick-up only starting June 11, Thurs.–Sat., 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Check Facebook for updates.
Maritime Express Cider: Free delivery between Windsor and Greenwood on orders over $50. Occasional HRM deliveries. Details here. Patio opening June 5, 4 p.m.
Meander River Farm Brewery: Free home delivery on Saturday. to Windsor, West Hants, Wolfville, Mount Uniacke, the Sackvilles, Bedford, Halifax, Dartmouth, Fall River, Truro with a minimum order of $30. Taproom opens June 12, outdoor seating only. No pets please.
New Scotland Brewing: Free online delivery on orders in by 2 p.m. Details here. Taproom pick up available noon–7 p.m, patio and taproom hours, Fri.–Sat., 3 p.m.–midnight.
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: The Battery Park and Portland Street locations are open for pick up June 5. Order online for contactless pick-up at the Portland St. location or get home delivery on orders over $30. Info here.
Off Track Brewing: Taproom and patio reopening June 17, Thurs.–Sat., noon– 8 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve. Growler fills with Off Track glass only.
Ol’ Biddy’s Brew House: Open for can sales. Thurs., noon-6 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun., noon–6 p.m.
Propellor Brewing: Phone-in delivery orders available in Greater HRM and pick-up orders at the brewery Monday–Sunday. Find details here. The new Quinpool road location will open seven days per week starting May 17. Growler exchanges at Windmill Road starting June 6. The Gottingen Street store keeps regular pre-COVID hours as of June 17. Taproom and Arcade are open June 12, Thurs, 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sun.. 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Check Instagram for safety measures and hour updates.
Roofhound Brewing: Home delivery Wednesday from Digby to Halifax, Friday from Dibgy to Yarmouth, Saturday from Digby to Kentville. Contact the brewery via Instagram or Facebook to arrange delivery. Taproom and kitchen open June 5, noon– 9p.m, Friday and Saturday only.
Route 19: Free home delivery in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, the Sackvilles, Sydney, and nearby. Text 902-258-5374 or email email@example.com. Taproom and patio reopening June 19, 7 days, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Sea Level Brewing / Millstone Harvest Brewing: Card in the yard phone orders and patio service at the Port Williams location effective June 9. Pick-ups at Millstone location only. Call 902-582-2337 or message for details. On May 5, Sea Level will offer deliveries to core Halifax. Call the number above to arrange delivery.
Shipwright Brewing Company: Crowler sales Tuesday–Saturday 1 p.m.–8 p.m. Only one customer allowed in the store at a time. Occasional deliveries from Bridgewater to Chester. More details here. Find pints in the Grand Banker (downstairs).
Sober Island Brewing: Delivery in East Hants on Wed., HRM on Thurs., Truro on Sat. Taproom open Fri.–Sun, noon–7, effective June 12. Lots of details on Instagram. Grand opening event June 20.
Sourwood Cider: Pick-up at the Cornwallis Street location daily, taproom open Tues.–Sat., 3 p.m.– 9 p.m. Online ordering available in HRM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday on orders placed before noon. Free shipping across Canada on orders over $60.
Stillwell Brewing: Free, no contact next-day delivery in HRM. Four bottle minimum. Use code WILDTIME2020. Gift cards available online too. Check Instagram for more. Stillwell Beer Garden is open effective June 9; Stillwell HQ open starting June 11. Call 902-421-1672 for mandatory reservations. Stillwell Freehouse reopened June 18.
Tanner and Co.: Delivery Lunenburg to Hubbards and occasionally Halifax. Pick-up in store. More info here. Angus Road location outdoor seating opens June 5, noon–6 p.m. Duke Street open for pints starting June 7.
Tatamagouche Brewing: Buy beer online and receive home delivery Chester to Hubbards (Wed.); Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and Bridgewater (Thurs.), and HRM on Friday. Brewery pick-up Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $1 off growler fills Tuesday. Monday–Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday– Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.
Trider’s Craft Beer: Taproom reopens June 16 at 1 p.m. 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. Free deliveries to Cumberland-Colchester and East Hants. Email to order.
Truro Brewing Co.: Nova Scotia’s newest brewery will be open for pints and pick ups effective June 12, Fri., 2 p.m.–10 p.m., Sat., noon–10 p.m., Sun., noon–8 p.m.
Upstreet BBQ Brewhouse: Dining room reopens June 9, Tues.–Sat. Check Facebook for hours.
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. Pick-up at the brewery available. Patio open week of June 6. Check Facebook for hours.
Wayfarer’s Ale Society: Order in advance and get contactless pick up (and food) at the brewery. Find info on Facebook to order from Wolfville Farmers’ Market to Go and Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market. Kitchen and wharf open June 5, Monday–Wednesday, noon–6 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, noon– 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.