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Celebrating the Craft Beer Cruise

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

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.


A guests takes a Craft Beer sample while on 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!


A selection of Nova Scotia craft beers sitting in a bucket of ice

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. logo

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.


Good Robot Brewing Co. logo

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.

Saltbox Brewing Co. logo

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.”

Route 19 Brewing logo

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.

New Scotland Brewing Co. logo

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.”


North Brewing Co. logo

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."


Spindrift Brewing Co. logo

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.”


Bent Nail Crafted Beers logo

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.”

Nine Locks Brewing Co. logo

Nine Locks Brewing: Nine Locks Brewing Company is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, close to the historic Shubenacadie canal. To create t