Celebrating the Craft Beer Cruise

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

During the 2020 season, we proudly continued our tradition of celebrating Nova Scotian Craft Beer, and of course, stunning coastal views, during our weekly Craft Beer Cruise. Each week, we welcomed folks from two Nova Scotian Craft Breweries aboard the Tall ship Silva who each presented three of their latest brews. Nova Scotia craft beer has been winning awards at the highest level with the traditional brewing methods of small batch brewing using unique recipes with ingredients found in right here in Nova Scotia.

Aboard the Craft Beer Cruise in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Photo from the 2018 Craft Beer Cruise

Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer industry continues to thrive and to date, there are 60 breweries scattered amongst every region of the province. Diverse as the communities in which they brew, each craft brewery practices traditional brewing methods of small batch brewing and highlight each beer with ingredients found in right here in Nova Scotia. Their efforts have resulted in some of the best, award-winning beer in the world. With the third-highest number of craft breweries per capita than any other province, no matter where you are in Nova Scotia, you’re never too far from world class craft beer!

To whom shall we credit the success of the Craft Beer Cruise? Our trusted captains, talented crew and historic schooner aside, we cheerfully raise our glasses to all the Nova Scotian Craft Breweries that joined us on-board during the 2020 season (some on multiple occasions). Please join us in raising your own glass and celebrate these craftspersons.

In the past few years, we've welcomed these craft breweries onboard the Craft Beer Cruise:

Garrison Brewing Co: With over 20-years background & a crew that doubles down on passion & skill, Garrison is all about keeping the “craft” in beer. - garrisonbrewing.com

Good Robot Brewing Co: Since 2015, the group of 3 former engineers has grown into a band of misfits who share each other’s values of good times, goodwill and good nature. -goodrobotbrewing.ca

Saltbox Brewing Company: “Salt Box Brewing Company celebrates the development of the skills and artistry required to create fresh, full-flavoured beer for consumption by the local community.  Their motto says it all: think social, and drink local.” - saltboxbrewingcompany.ca

Route 19 Brewing: “From beautiful Inverness, Cape Breton, Route 19 Brewing welcomes all, with friendly smiles and open hearts. They proudly invite all walks of life to come, eat, drink and be present. When you’re on Route 19 all roads lead home, and our door is always open. – route19brewing.com

New Scotland Brewing Co: “New Scotland Brewing Co is a community based microbrewery and live music venue located in heart of Downtown Dartmouth Nova Scotia, overlooking the Halifax Harbour. NSBC is dedicated to showcasing the best Nova Scotia has to offer, all while producing exceptional small batch beer, mead and cider.” - newscotlandbrewing.ca

North Brewing: “North Brewing Co. is a micro-brewery located in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour with a full-service taproom & retail shop located at 899 Portland St. and a retail shop located inside Battery Park at 62 Ochterloney St.” - northbrewing.ca

Spindrift Brewing: “Spindrift looks to embody their passion for the East Coast and Craft beer in all that they do, whether it be the stories they tell, the beers they brew, or the people they surround themselves with.” - spindriftbrewing.com

Bent Nail Brewery: “Bent Nail Brewery is in Windsor Forks in Nova Scotia’s Avon Valley and is built on farmland that has been in the family’s name since 1862. Since Bent Nail is a Pico Brewery (which means it’s really small) they can brew many different brews depending on the season.” - bentridgewinery.ca/bentnail

Nine Locks Brewing: Nine Locks Brewing Company is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, close to the historic Shubenacadie canal. To create the best beer possible, they brew all their beer in small batches using all natural ingredients with no filtration, no pasteurization, and never any preservatives. - ninelocksbrewing.ca

Lunn’s Mill Beer Co: Lunn’s Mill Beer Co opened their doors in March of 2017 to long line ups of people seeking good beer, a beautiful atmosphere overlooking the cranberry bogs and river of the Annapolis Valley, the sounds of local musical talent and weekly fun. - lunnsmill.beer

Trider’s Craft Beer: Family owned and operated, Trider's is THE Beer of Cumberland County proudly brewed and bottled in Amherst, Nova Scotia. - triderscraftbeer.ca

Tatamagouche Brewing Co: The Tatamagouche Brewing Company is a family owned and operated microbrewery in the heart of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. In 2014, they converted an old butcher shop into a community brewery where they make small handcrafted batches of and unpasteurized beer. - tatabrew.com

Ol’ Biddy’s Brew House: Ol’ Biddy’s strives to be known as a friendly face in the community with a standard to produce high quality, great tasting beer each with an innovative twist. Ol’ Biddy’s IS Sackville's brewery! olbiddys.square.site

Big Spruce Brewing: For over 10 years, Big Spruce Brewing has been focused on creating exceptional ingredient-driven beer. All their ales and lagers are brewed with organic grain & hops, and they continually strive to keep offering you the perfect pint, every time. - bigspruce.ca

Church Brewing Co: Church Brewing Co. is a destination experience for anyone looking to see what the East Coast has to offer for the best of arts and culture, whether it be farm to table food, craft beer or music. - churchbrewing.ca

Wayfarers' Ale Society: Wayfarers' Ale Society came together in 2012 as a group of craft beer enthusiasts living in Nova Scotia to create and develop their own beers, both lagers and ales. Wayfarers' Ale Society stands proudly in support of developing the craft beer business in the Annapolis Valley. - wayfarersale.ca