Drinks Directory

This section contains listings for properties from around Nova Scotia that are open to the public and/or have a retail operation. The province is also home to producers that don’t host visitors; find their products at local bars, restaurants, and stores.


Propeller Brewing Co.


2 Crows Brewing Company
1932 Brunswick St., Halifax
902-422-0222 / 2crowsbrewing.com
Owned by a husband-wife team and their brewer friend. Modern brewing with a focus on quality. Seasonal brews.

Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery
1496 Lower Water St., Halifax
902-455-1474 / keiths.ca
One of the oldest breweries in North America. Sample small batch and limited-edition brews. Interactive historical brewery tour, basement pub.

Annapolis Brewing Company
Annapolis Royal
902-223-7708 / annapolisbrewing.com
It’s the world’s oldest recipe, using five ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, water, and laughter. Available at Annapolis Royal Farmers Market, Sunday from 10am to 2pm, May 13 to Oct. 14.

Bad Apple Brewhouse
515 Parker Condon Rd., Berwick
902-679-8986 / badapplebrewhouse.ca
AKA “OBA Brewing Company,” Bad Apple is a “small, low-key operation with surprisingly big beers”. Brews on-site in one of the provinces smallest breweries. Bottles, growlers, cans, and kegs. Open daily, 1pm to 6pm.

Big Spruce
64 Yankee Line Rd., Nyanza
902-295-2537 / bigspruce.ca
Certified and organic, each batch takes 18 to 30 days to brew, ferment and condition, producing a unique goodness only found at Big Spruce. On-farm brewery. Growlers, bottles, cans.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company
8 Ohio Rd., Shelburne
902-494-9233 / boxingrock.ca
Founded in 2012 by two engineers with a passion for beer. Bottles, kegs, growlers.

Breton Brewing
364 Keltic Dr., Sydney
902-270-4677 / bretonbrewing.ca
Four flagship beers: Red Coat, Sons of Hector Brown Ale, Black Angus IPA and Stirling Hefeweizen. Tasting room, retail shop, brewery tours, events, live music.

Brightwood Brewery
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth
Four signature brews, each with a unique taste. Honey Smoked Ale, America IPA, Rye IPA and Porter. At the Alderney Landing market, Saturday 8am to 1pm. Samples and growler fills.

Chill Street Craft Beer & Market
269 Hwy. #214, Elmsdale
902-259-2553 / chillstreetbrewing.com
Small-batch beer and cider produced on site with imported concentrated liquid wort. Cans and growlers. Open daily.

FirkinStein Brewing
673 King St., Bridgewater
902-530-5400 / facebook.com/FirkinStein-Brewing
Built from the ground up. Uses reclaimed dairy tanks for its mash tun and kettle and filters water through slow sand filtering. Plans for three varieties of the Nor’Easter Red Ale, a 7.5% ABV strong ale with flavour from Cascade hops.

Gahan House
1877 Upper Water St., Halifax
902-444-3060 / halifax.gahan.ca
Features a large food menu and a variety of ales and lagers on tap, plus, bottles, coolers, cider, and gluten-free options. Crowlers (freshly filled one-litre cans) available.

Garrison Brewing
1149 Marginal Rd., Halifax
902-453-5343 / garrisonbrewing.com 
An exceptional range of premium, distinctive beers full of flavour. Keggers, growlers and “growlitos”, event space, and $2 beer tasters. Taproom and patio hopyard.

Good Robot Brewing Company 
2736 Robie St., Halifax
902-446-1692 / goodrobotbrewing.ca
An ever-changing selection of beer in a variety of styles, including gluten-reduced options. Guest brewers appearing frequently. Tasting room, retail store. Growler fills and cans.

Granite Brewery
6054 Stairs St., Halifax
902-422-4954 / granitebreweryhalifax.ca
Producer of award-winning ales, specializing in English style real ales. Pre-filled growlers.

Half Cocked Brewing Company 
1290 Hwy. 245, Antigonish
902-318-3317 / facebook.com/halfcockedbrewing 
Small-batch brewery emphasizing local ingredients. Promises “delectable, down-to-earth beer.”

Hell Bay Brewing
38 Legion St., Liverpool
902-356-3556 / hellbaybrewing.com
Unfiltered, small batch beer that harnesses the proper body and flavour for its style. Staple beers are English Ale and Dark Cream. Seasonal specialties.

Heritage Brewing Co.
19 Kirk St., Yarmouth
902-774-1205 / facebook.com/HeritageBrewingCo
Founded by four friends in 2017. Session IPA, American amber, porter, cream ale, and more. Growlers. Open Thursday to Saturday.

Horton Ridge Malt and Grain
2504 Ridge Rd., Wolfville
902-266-6258 / horton-ridge-malt-grain.myshopify.com
Six rotating taps of local craft beer in the taproom; six individual malts for purchase. Retail store, event space.

Lazy Bear Brewing Company
120 W. Old Post Rd., Smiths Cove
902-440-0880 / lazybearbrewing.ca
Artisanal hand-crafted ales, frequently experiments with new creations. Growler nights every Thursday (off hours by appointment).

Lunn’s Mill Beer Company
515 Carleton Rd., Lawrencetown
902-584-2217 / lunnsmill.beer 
Online beer ordering service, 10 rotating taps of local beer and cider. Six core styles with a seasonal or experimental beer on hand at any time. Sampler flights, growlers, eclectic entrées, and snacks.

Meander River Farm and Brewery
906 Woodville Rd., Ashdale
902-757-3484 / meanderriverfarm.ca 
Sustainable, environmentally friendly brewery. The first Nova Scotian brewery offering a community shared brewery program. Beer tastings, sales in kegs, bottles, and growlers. Brewery and hop-yard tours.

Nine Locks Brewing
Mic Mac Place, 219 Waverley Rd., Dartmouth
902-434-4471 / ninelocksbrewing.ca 
Year-round and seasonal craft brews. No filtration, pasteurization, or preservatives. Cans and growlers.

North Brewing
2576 Agricola St., Halifax
902-444-7765 / northbrewing.ca
Belgian inspired. $1 off growler fills in Dartmouth (Battery Park, 62 Ochterloney St.) on Mondays, Halifax on Tuesdays. Donates $1 of every 1.89-litre growler fill to a local charity.

One Way Brewing 
911 Prince St., Truro
Expected to open in 2018; equipped with a tasting room and plans to sell growlers a few days a week. Belgian-style beers, IPAs.

Paddy’s Pub
460 Main St., Wolfville / 902-542-0059
46 Aberdeen St., Kentville / 902-678-3199
Irish brewpub and Celtic restaurant. Live entertainment. beers brewed on-site. Growler fills.

Propeller Brewing Company
2015 Gottingen St., Halifax
902-422-7767 / drinkpropeller.ca
Large selection of award-winning ales and lagers. Kegs, bottles, cans, growlers. Brewery tours, special cask beer, and savoury pies in the tasting room every Friday. Dartmouth beer store at 617 Windmill Rd.

Rare Bird Craft Beer
75 Ferry Ln., Guysborough
902-533-3904 / rarebirdbeer.com
Unique craft beers. Uses Canadian-grown malted barley to “capture the true spirit of Nova Scotia’s authentic seacoast”. Award-winning seasonal Pumpkin Ale.

Rock Bottom Brew Pub
5686 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax
902-423-2938 / rockbottombrewpub.ca
Beers are hand-crafted on site—a mix of regular brews and seasonal creations. Walk-in growler fills.

Roof Hound Brewing Company
2580 Ridge Rd., Digby
902-245-8121 / facebook.com/roofhound 
By Master Chef Canada finalist Les Barr. Best-known for its Big Stink IPA, a gold-medal winner for Atlantic Canada in 2017. Wide variety of brews with a vast selection of flavours.

Rudders Brew Pub
96 Water St., Yarmouth
902-742-7311 / ruddersbrewpub.com 
Seafood restaurant and brew pub; squealers, growlers, party kegs. Full-bodied craft ales in five signature styles.

Saltbox Brewing Company
363 Main St., Mahone Bay
902-624-0653 / saltboxbrewingcompany.ca
A focus on distinctive taste and aroma. Comfortable tap room, sampling of the variety of brews on tap.

Salty Dog Brewing
615 Prince St., Truro
Core styles include IPA, pale ale, blueberry wheat, and session ale, plus seasonal selections. Growler fills.

Schoolhouse Brewery
40 Water St., Windsor
902-472-4677 / schoolhousebrewery.ca 
Brewery and taproom serving flights, full pints, guest taps, recess snacks, bottles to go and growler fills.

Sea Level Brewing
980 Terrys Creek Rd., Port Williams
902-542-5544 / sealevelbrewing.com 
Never compromises quality for quantity; distinguished flavours in each handcrafted recipe. Local ingredients such as its own hops from The Sea Level Hop Farm.

Sober Island Brewing Company
22478 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour
902-719-9463 / soberislandbrewing.ca 
Four core English-style brews (oyster stout, IPA, mild bitter) plus seasonal brews. Cans, growlers, crowlers.

Spindrift Brewing Company
21 Frazee Ave., Dartmouth
902-703-7438 / spindriftbrewing.com
Lager-only brewery offering cans, growlers, kegs, and swag in the retail shop. Discount on all draught products to serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Stillwell Brewing Company
2015 Gottingen St., Halifax
902-421-1672 / barstillwell.com
Located in the same building as Propeller’s brewery, Stillwell Brewing Company also has its own bar on Barrington St. Its focus is on
“dry, balanced, drinkable, table-friendly, farmhouse” beers.

Tatamagouche Brewing Company
235 Main St., Tatamagouche
902-657-4000 / tatabrew.com
A butcher shop turned brewery committed to creating small batches of organic brews. Hippie Dippie English pale ale is a perennial favourite. Growlers, fills, cans, kegs.

Tidehouse Brewing Company
2-5187 Salter St., Halifax
902-407-2550 / facebook.com/tidehousebrewingcompany
“Small batch brewing with big flavour.” Growlers and fills, high quality and diverse selection of beer.

The Townhouse
76 College St., Antigonish
902-863-2248 / antigonishtownhouse.wordpress.com
Brewer of British-style ales, cask-conditioned and served on tap. Terry’s Best Bitter boasts rustic, earthy flavours with a strong malt backbone, gentle hoppiness and clean finish.

Trider’s Craft Beer
46 Anson Ave. #3, Amherst
902-614-8983 / triderscraftbeer.ca
A family-run brewery focusing on easy-drinking beer. Regular line-up consists of six styles, also brews seasonals with tastes of maple, blueberry, or pumpkin.

Tusket Falls Brewing
20 Slocomb Cres., Tusket
902-648-3340 / facebook.com/tusketfallsbrewing
One of Nova Scotia’s newest brewers. Core styles include: golden ale, smoked ale, and stout. Cans and growlers. Open daily.

Uncle Leo’s Brewery
2623 Nova Scotia 376, Lyons Brook
902-382-2739 / uncleleosbrewery.ca
Cans, squealers, growlers, kegs and an Oktoberfest sampler offered for a limited time in select NSLC stores. Samples are available and a look into the life of a brewer can be viewed through the windows in the tasting room.

Unfiltered Brewing Company
6041 North St., Halifax
A brewing company with brews as unique as its vocabulary. Known for big hoppy brews and a bad attitude. Growlers, kegs, cans.

Wayfarers’ Ale Society
1116 Kars St., Port Williams
902-542-7462 / wayfarersale.ca
Brews by a collective of local craft-beer enthusiasts, including blonde, Irish red, Scottish ale, and IPA. Brewery tours on Fridays and Saturdays (contact the brewery to book).


Chain Yard Urban Cidery


Annapolis Cider Company
388 Main St., Wolfville
902-697-2707 / drinkannapolis.ca
Ciders are made from Annapolis Valley apples in a variety of flavours. Cidery is open daily, offering tastings (samples and flights) and tours.

Bulwark Handcrafted Cider
Muwin Estate Wines, 7153 Hwy. #12, New Ross
902-681-1545 / bulwarkcider.com
Five signature apple blend; artisan crafted and freshly pressed on-site. Organic and committed to local ingredients with an ideal balance of sweetness, acidity and natural tannins.

Chain Yard Urban Cidery
2606 Agricola St., Halifax
902-407-2244 / chainyardcider.com
Take flight with your pick of any four 4oz ciders to taste. A large selection of ciders with tropical, citrus, and fruity notes or traditional-style cider.

Noggins Corner Cider
10009 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Wolfville
902-542-5515 / nogginsfarm.ca/cider
Many of the apples used in creating cider are rare, heirloom varieties. Perry (pear cider brewed with three varieties of autumn pears) is also popular.


Compass Distillers. Photo by Aaron McKenzie Fraser


Barreling Tide Distillery
1164 Parkway Dr., Port Williams
902-542-1627 / barrellingtidedistillery.com
Watch the tides rise over 10 metres at this distillery when you go to purchase your locally crafted spirits. Vodka, rum, gin, and liqueurs; shot glasses.

Caldera Distilling
65 River John Rd., River John
902-351-2035 / caldera.ca
Whisky and rum; grains grown on the distillery property. Variations have subtle differences in flavour year to year and are “distilled for a lingering taste and smooth finish.” By appointment only.

Coldstream Clear Distillery
87 Main St., Stewiacke
902-956-3393 / coldstreamclear.com
Vodka, rum, and liqueur collections with a range of flavours including homemade apple pie, holiday candy cane and salted caramel vodkas. Tasting room and retail store.

Compass Distillers
2533 Agricola St., Halifax
902-446-0467 / compassdistillers.ca
Craft spirits produced in the heart of the North End. Bar and B&B on site.

Glenora Distillery
13727 Route 19, Mabou
902-258-2662 / glenoradistillery.com
Produces North America’s first and Canada’s only single-malt whisky: Glen Breton Rare. Tours in picturesque setting; stay a while in the hotel.

Halifax Distilling Co.
1668 Lower Water St., Halifax
902-431-0505 / halifaxdistillingco.ca
Handcrafted spirits in a small-batch copper still. Tour, tasting bar, retail store.

Ironworks Distillery
2 Kempt St., Lunenburg
902-640-2424 / ironworksdistillery.com 
A variety of spirits; tours for $15/person. Designated Drivers get a free gift beverage.

Steinhart Distillery
5963 Route 245, Antigonish
902-863-5530 / steinhartdistillery.com 
Hand-made daily in small batches, never using artificial flavours or chemicals. Visit for a short tour or stay a few days in one of the chalets.

Still Fired Distilleries
9548 Nova Scotia Trunk 8, Annapolis Royal
902-471-7083 / stillfireddistilleries.com
Hand-crafted premium spirits, double-distilled and triple-filtered to ensure purity and a smooth finish. Corn-based flavoured vodka, gin, and moonshine.



Avondale Sky Winery
80 Avondale Cross Rd., Newport Landing
902-253-2047 / avondalesky.com
Taste award-winning wines, tour the vineyards and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. Wine club membership with a number of benefits.

Bear River Vineyards and Winery
133 Chute Rd., Bear River
902-467-4156 / wine.travel
Estate-grown wines developed with minimal intervention, expressing the region’s terroir. Classic vinifera varieties along with hardier cool-climate hybrids.

Beavercreek Winery
496 Carleton Rd., Lawrencetown
902-825-9463 / beavercreekwinery.com 
Some 21 different varieties of fruit wines; Naked Mead made with pure honey. Winery open full-time from May-December and features an outdoor wine and cheese café.

Benjamin Bridge Winery
1966 White Rock Rd., Wolfville
902-542-1560 / benjaminbridge.com
“Canada’s most acclaimed sparkling wine house.” Located in the Gaspereau Valley with a climate similar to that of the Champagne region of France. Fresh, minerality and fragrant florals; home of the staple Nova 7 wine.

Blomidon Estate Winery
10318 Hwy. #221, Canning
902-582-7565 / blomidonwine.ca
Wines that reflect the Maritime climate and coastal terroir. Private tours and wine tasting offered in the spring.

Casa Nova Fine Beverages
2635 Clementsvale Rd., Bear River
902-467-0363 / facebook.com/Casa-Nova-Fine-Beverages-175019329941691/
Winery and vineyard tours, tasting bar; vineyards feature several varieties of grapes. Red, white, fruit, dessert, and rosé wines.

Domaine de Grand Pré
11611 Hwy 1, Grand Pré
902-542-1753 / grandprewines.ns.ca
Distinct Nova Scotian grapes; relax on the pergola after wandering rows of unique vines. Partnered with Agriculture Canada for one of the widest selections of N.S. grape varieties.

Eileanan Brèagha Vineyards
5349 Marble Mountain Rd., River Denys
902-756-3533 / eileananbreagha.ca
N.S.’s northernmost estate winery. Soil infused with marble and limestone contributes distinct flavours: dark berries, fruity aromas, with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Gaspereau Vineyards
2239 White Rock Rd., Wolfville
902-542-1455 / gaspereauwine.ca
Taste, tour, and explore the vineyards. Home of a double-gold winning Tidal Bay white wine. Specializes in fruit-forward whites and earthy reds; high acidity and low tannins.

Jost Vineyards
48 Vintage Ln., Malagash
1-800-565-4567 / jostwine.ca
An expansive selection of wines, including the “celebrity wine” 4 Skins; a one of a kind wine with a blend of four grapes fermented on their skins.

L’Acadie Vineyards
310 Slayter Rd., Gaspereau
902-542-8463 / lacadievineyards.ca
Crafted by the “Méthode Traditionnelle” as used in France since the 16th century, L’Acadie’s wines reflect the rich cultural and agricultural history of the Annapolis Valley. Certified organic; sparkling.

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards
11143 Evangeline Trail, Wolfville
902-542-7774 / lightfootandwolfville.com
Classic vinifera includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and other German styles. Popular wedding venue.

Luckett Vineyards
1293 Grand Pré Rd., Wallbrook
902-542-2600 / luckettvineyards.com
Wine and Dine package, pairing a tasting menu with the winery’s highlights. Reds, whites, and icewines crafted from an array of fruits.

Lunenburg County Winery
813 Walburne Rd., Mahone Bay
902-644-2415 / canada-wine.com
Located at Hackmatack Farm, housing a commercial u-pick blueberry farm; wide selection of wine crafted from different fruits such as rhubarb, peach, pear and cherry.

Petite Riviere Vineyards
1300 Italy Cross Rd., Crousetown
902-693-3033 / petiterivierevineyards.ca
Elegant, complex wines. Venue rentals, tours and is one of the over 50 members of the Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail.

Planter’s Ridge Winery
1441 Church St., Port Williams
902-542-2711 / plantersridge.ca
Varietals such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Frontenac Blanc, Dornfelder, Baco Noir, Viognier, Seyval Blanc and Muscat Ottonel. Plus mead and cider.

Sainte Famille Wines Ltd.
11 Dudley Park Ln., Falmouth
1-800-565-0993 / st-famille.com
A grower of eight diverse types of white grapes and four red grapes; 20 award-winning wines. Wine tasting room, gift shop and outdoor patio.

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