Nova Scotia has always been known for its beer, but did you know it also has more distillers per capita than any other city in Canada? Here are some of the best you can find in the province.

1. Alexander Keith’s


Haligonians love their Keith’s beer, and they even celebrate founder Alexander Keith’s birthday every year in October. Stop by the brewery, one of the oldest in North America, for a tour, live music, and lots of tastings.

2. Tatamagouche Brewing Co.


Tatamagouche Brewing Co
Courtesy of Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
This family-owned brewing company in Tatamagouche serves up delicious organic beers. One of the province’s newest breweries, they opened in 2014 in an old converted butcher shop.

3. Big Spruce Brewing

Brasserie, Food Truck, Canadian

Big Spruce
Courtesy of Big Spruce Brewery
Along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, you’ll find Atlantic Canada’s only organic, on-farm craft brewery and hop yard. With a tasting patio that overlooks Bras d’Or Lake, a local food truck, and onsite music three days a week in the summer, this is the perfect stopping point on your Cabot Trail road trip.

4. Halifax Distilling Co.

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Beer

One of Nova Scotia’s newest distilleries is right in downtown Halifax. Head to the Halifax Distilling Co. for production tours, live music, rum tastings, and a cocktail bar.

5. Ironworks Distillery

Distillery, Building, Shop

5. Ironworks Distillery
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Lunenburg’s artisanal distillery is in an old marine blacksmith’s shop that dates back to 1893. Enjoy their delicious and unique products, including rhubarb liqueur, apple brandy, and bluenose rum.

Nova Scotia Spirit Co.

Another international award-winning distillery, Pictou County’s Nova Scotia Spirit Co. truly represents the “spirit” of Nova Scotia, with products such as Blue Lobster Vodka and Fisherman’s Helper White Rum. They also plan to open a brewery, Painted Boat Beer Co., in Stellarton in May 2018.

Nova Scotia Spirit Co.

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