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The tap room has 10 taps that are strictly dedicated to their own beers, and include their four core brands. (Contributed)
With the demise of Highland Breweries in 1989 Sydney lacked its own brewery until Andrew Morrow and Bryan MacDonald opened Breton Brewing in 2015.

Garrison Brewing Company brewmaster Daniel Girard is the head instructor of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers beer educatoin program. (Contributed)
The growing popularity of the craft beer industry has generated a thirst for increased knowledge and understanding of the world of beer and brewing.

Breweries are required to pay the Retail Sales Markup Allocation on all beer sold directly to consumers, rather than through the NSLC. (Contributed)
On Dec. 20, 2016 Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced that changes were coming to the Retail Sales Markup Allocation (RSMA).

The cake goes best with local craft stout, as the beer will bring out the intensity of chocolate. (Contributed)
This recipe has a long list of ingredients and directions, but the effort is worth it.
A bartender pours a draft beer in the bar. (Arina Habich)
February 28, 2017 - 8:05am |
We live in the era of the craft beer boom, with a new brewery opening in Nova Scotia every month or two. We now have more breweries per capita than any other province.
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Glynn Williams started Rare Bird just because he loves beer and making it. (Contributed)
February 28, 2017 - 8:04am |
Guysborough’s Rare Bird Craft Beer has been brewing beer since 2004.
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February 28, 2017 - 8:01am |
While many brewers use some of their spent grains — the leftovers of the malt used by brewers to create the sweet, sugar rich liquid known as wort — to make bread, granola and even cakes and cookies, most of us don’t have access to...
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February 28, 2017 - 8:00am |
The two styles of beer outlined below for our beer cocktails hold a very warm place in my heart, as they happen to be two of my favourites.
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Matt McGrail, left and Ian Lawson are both practicing engineers and proprietors of Brightwood Brewery. (Contributed)
January 31, 2017 - 12:26pm |
Brightwood Brewery launched last July by bringing and selling Big Lift IPA to the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market.
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A growing number of Nova Scotia brewers are aging their beers in wooden barrels. (Contributed)
January 31, 2017 - 12:23pm |
We are in the midst of an explosion in the variety of beer styles available from Nova Scotia breweries. From Session IPAs to Russian Imperial Stouts, Amber Lagers to Belgian Farmhouse, never has the selection been wider in our province.
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January 31, 2017 - 12:19pm |
It’s no secret that 2016 was a big year for craft beer in Nova Scotia — 10 new breweries opened during the past year, bringing the total number to 37 for the province, with total annual sales of more than three million litres.
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A Pale Ale Queso Fundido is the perfect accompaniment for the big game. (Contributed)
January 31, 2017 - 12:11pm |
The big brewers might be buying the million dollar commercials during halftime, but you don’t have to enjoy flavourless beer and food during the big game.
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RockBottom was launched eight years ago and is still going strong by being voted the best brew pub in Halifax. (CONTRIBUTED)
December 26, 2016 - 12:01pm |
At last month’s Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards, Halifax’s RockBottom took home the prize for the province’s Best Brew Pub as voted on by panel of beer judges. It’s the second year in a row RockBottom has taken home the title.
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Premier Stephen McNeil announced in December that the retail sales markup fees for local craft beer will be reduced to be consistent with other craft sectors of the Nova Scotia beverage alcohol industry. (STAFF)
December 26, 2016 - 11:59am |
Nova Scotia’s current craft beer revolution started quietly with The Granite Brewery opening its doors in 1985. For the next decade ‘the Granite’ remained the sole brewery, with the exception of a brief run by Highland Breweries.
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Believe it or not, chocolate can be the perfect pairing if you’re looking for something sweet to sip with your brew. (Contributed)
December 26, 2016 - 11:57am |
Five years ago if I suggested serving beer at a ‘fancy do’ like a New Year’s Eve dinner party, my editors would have called the idea ludicrous.
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Most winter beer styles typically range from dark brown to jet black.(Contributed)
December 26, 2016 - 11:51am |
This past year gave us one of the nicest summer and fall seasons that we’ve had in a long time. The warm temperatures and minimal precipitation allowed for months of enjoying many Nova Scotia-brewed beer styles that are perfect for such weather.
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Rustix italian pasta in ragu sauce.
November 28, 2016 - 1:50pm |
As the temperature drops outside, my cooking style moves to heartier fare made with more robust flavours, including dark ales such as Stout.
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George Anderson (left) Jane McLoughlin and Patrick Jardine are three of four partners who launched Saltbox Brewing Co., a popular craft brewery in Mahone Bay. (Peter Simpson)
November 28, 2016 - 1:47pm |
George Anderson knows a thing or two about managing successful organizations.
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Since opening in 2014, Good Robot has become an integral part of Nova Scotia’s craft beer scene. (Contributed)
November 28, 2016 - 1:39pm |
In the craft beer world building the identity of a craft brewery is more than a logo or a catchy name.
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