After our cross Canada cycle trip we ended up in Halifax for a few months, waiting out the winter before starting cycling again.
What we discovered about Halifax was the abundance of awesome craft breweries. Halifax also has a really in-depth Brewery history that stretches back as far as 1820. This means whether you are starting, finishing or passing through Halifax on your cycle tour, you should definitely check out some of the different breweries.
In this Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour we have picked out some of our favourite breweries, some of the most popular breweries and one historic brewery. We’ve strung them together in an easy to follow self guided walking tour, which can be followed in a day or afternoon. The total walking distance is about 4km.
Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour
Stop 1: Garrison Brewery
Garrison brewery is opposite the Seaport markets making it an ideal place to start the tour. The seaport markets are definitely worth checking out while you’re in Halifax – perhaps grab some lunch there before hitting the brewery tour!
Garrison’s offer Beer tasting flights, growler fill ups and brewery tours (booked in advance with a min of 10 people). They usually have at least 7 beers on draft, as well as take aways. They had some awesome Star Wars seasonal bottled beers the last time we were there. Some of the beers from this brewery are also available in the NSLC (provincial liquor stores).
Stop 2: Alexander Keith’s: The Red Stag Tavern
Established way back in 1820, Alexander Keith’s is the oldest brewery in Halifax and one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery does offer an overpriced brewery tour, which includes some history and some beer samples. Personally, I think it’s a ripoff, but the actual building is still worth checking out.
The Red Stag Tavern is located in the same building as the brewery. You can buy a flight of beers that are brewed in the Alexander Keith brewery at the Red Stag Tavern for a reasonable price. Stay away from the commercial, widely available Alexander Keith beers – they are pretty nasty! And instead try the seasonal/ local beers that are actually brewed at the brewery nextdoor – they are much better! The Cacao stout was definitely a winner! Markets are occasionally held on the brewery grounds, and a few other stores including the Patagonia store can be found there.
Stop 3: 2 Crows Brewing Co.
2 Crows Brewing is a really new brewery that only opened a couple of weeks ago. This is also one of Michael’s favourite breweries. The brewery is super modern and what I really love about it, is that the bar/ drinking area is practically in the operating brewery.
They offer Beer Tasting Flights, growler fill ups and some take aways. I don’t think any of their beers are available in the NSLC stores as of yet. It seems like they have 4 standard beers always available, a couple of guest beers and then some small batch brews that tend to change. They occasionally have a small batch Aztec Stout that is delicious!
I find most of their beers are quite strong – with the exception of the table larger. The first time we went there for a tasting flight, we left slightly tipsy.
Stop 4: Propeller Brewing Co.
Probably the most common/ popular craft brewery in Halifax. Their beers are available in most of the Nova Scotia liquor stores – I even think I seen them in the liquor stores on PEI and in New Brunswick.
They offer beer tasting flights, growler fill ups and take aways.
(Optional) Stop 5: Unfiltered Brewing Co.
Honestly, I only really included this brewery because it’s on the way to Good Robot. They do offer some food, beer tasting flights and (pricey) growler fill ups. The beer was ok/ good – nothing really stood out to me, but it was a good atmosphere and it is on the way to Good Robot if you wanted to split up the walk.
Stop 6: Good Robot Brewing
This is probably my favourite brewery in Halifax. I can’t recall having a bad beer there – though admittedly, the last time I was there I did drink a little too much.
Good Robot offers beer tasting flights, growler fill ups, some food, and they have a nice outdoor chill out area (if the weather is good). They usually have about 7 or 8 beers brewed onsite, and then a couple of guest beers. Their beers are not available in any of the liquor stores. So definitely put in the effort to pay them a visit before you leave Halifax.
* If you do want to take full advantage of the beers these breweries offer, then we don’t recommend doing this Halifax Self Guided Brewery Tour by bicycle. Walking is definitely the more responsible, safer and enjoyable way to check out these places.
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