Halifax's best places to get craft beer

Halifax loves craft brews. It seems like a new craft brewery pops up every other day, and naturally, the variety of Nova Scotia beers is steadily growing. Many local restaurants and bars pride themselves on offering a wide craft beer selection. Here is a roundup of some great places to visit when you’re thirsty for new and interesting suds.

The Stubborn Goat Gastropub

1579 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3

Located in downtown Halifax on Grafton Street, The Stubborn Goat serves great food and features a great beer selection. The tables are positioned to give diners a great view of the fully stocked bar. Whether you want a stout, IPA, pale ale or anything in between, The Stubborn Goat has something in this delicious selection for you. I suggest pairing a glass of medium-bodied, bitter Garrison Hop Yard with your meal.

The Wooden Monkey

1707 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C6

The Wooden Monkey serves awesome organic, chemical-free food that happens to be super delicious. Food aside, the place has a pretty impressive beer list as well, including a Nova Scotia craft beer subcategory. Whether you are dining indoors at one of its window-side tables, or out on the sidewalk patio (open during the summer months), you can’t go wrong with a Good Robot Brewing Company’s Crown on the Ground Steam Ale, whose delicious flavour makes this brew a great choice!

The Auction House

1726 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C6

Located on the north end of Argyle Street, The Auction House serves up a menu of delicious proportions in its large dining and bar area. True to the bar’s name, Auction House holds actual auctions for menu items that diners can participate in, with proceeds going to a local charity. The craft beer menu features something for all types of beer enthusiasts, including multiple seasonal taps from different local breweries. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink during your visit here, try the Blueberry Ale from Pumphouse Brewing. With essence of blueberry, this drink is light and flavourful.

Rockbotton Brew Pub

5686 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H5

While some restaurants pride themselves on serving beer from multiple breweries, others create their own. Rockbottom, which is located below Your Father’s Moustache on Spring Garden, is a dimly lit bar and restaurant that puts you at ease – you can’t help but feel instantly cozy. The house beer is available in a wide variety of styles, each with its own distinct colour and flavour. If you’re in the mood for a darker beer, go with the Raisin Hell Stout, which is chocolaty and rich, and boasts “a bittersweet finish reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies.”

Maxwell's Plum English Pub

1600 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C2

Popular with both university students and older professionals alike, The Maxwell’s Plum is a large corner bar with tons of character. This is the kind of place that you can take your family for dinner, or meet up with friends and drink the night away. The food menu is great, but Maxwell’s beer selection really shines. The list of brews here is huge. Ranging from ciders to imports to crafts, the choices are endless. If you’re looking to try a Nova Scotia-brewed beer, try a selection by Cape Breton’s Big Spruce Brewing such as the full-bodied Kitchen Party Pale Ale.

Gahan House Halifax

1869 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9

With the original location in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Gahan House set up its second location on the busy Halifax waterfront. The interior is beautiful, featuring booths, tables and a well-stocked bar, and its huge patio is open during the summer months, providing a spectacular view of the Halifax Harbour. The place does feature a lot of great breweries on tap, but since you’re here, you ought to try one of its house brews. You can’t go wrong with Sir John A Honey Wheat Ale with its dry and citrusy body.

The Boardroom Game Café

1256 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Y6

If you are looking for a unique environment in which to try out some great craft beer, head to The Board Room on Barrington Street. It’s a place where groups can play board games from the café’s huge selection. The small menu features snacks, sandwiches, coffee and beer. The beer menu is almost entirely made up of Maritime brews, and guest taps change every so often. Try a bottle of Hunky Dory from Boxing Rock brewery in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, which is a refreshing pale ale made with citrus zest and green tea.

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