A Sampling of Local Libations
Lazy Bear Brewing – Brewery
120 East Old Post Road, Smiths Cove
Happenings: Growler nights on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm year round.
Still Fired Distilleries – Distillery
9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royal
The Buzz: Artisan craft distillery creating unique, natural spirits from the first “legal” stills built in Nova Scotia.
Bad Apple Brewhouse and Mosaic Brewing Co. – Brewery
515 Parker Condon Road, Somerset
Cool Fact: Regular contributors to local charities, Kari and Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse recently covered the costs for a lucky family to attend the spring session of therapeutic horse riding.
Bulwark Cider – Cidery
7153 Highway 12, New Ross
Innovations: The aromatic and luscious treat that is Bulwark Ice Apple is now in bottles – watch out for it at NSLC stores soon.
Paddy’s Brew Pub – Brewery
Kentville and Wolfville
The Seasonal Treat: Paddy’s always has something special on offer. Seasonal ales range from Blueberry ale to Hefeweizen to Honey Ale. Be sure to ask about their latest brew.
Sea Level Brewing – Brewery
980 Terry’s Creek Road, Port Williams
What’s New: Callahan’s Crosstime Irish Ale! A malt-forward smooth Irish ale using Horton Ridge Malt and Grain floor-malted barley and galaxy hops giving a sublime tropical fruit aroma.
Barrelling Tide Distillery – Distillery
1164 Parkway Drive, Port Williams
Happenings: The Port Pub and Barrelling Tide present Cocktails and Canapes, a five-course tasting at The Port, March 24 at 7pm. For tickets and more information, call 902-542-5555.
Wayfarers’ Ale Society – Brewery
1116 Kars St., Port Williams
Happenings: Wayfarers’ has live music in the taproom most Saturday nights. Check their website for more details.
Tideview Cider – Cidery
10009 Highway 1, Greenwich
The Buzz: At Tideview Cider they use a lot of these heirloom varieties. Golden Russet, Ribston Pippin, and Yellow Bellflower are among their favourites.
Elderkin’s Cider Company – Cidery
10362 Highway 1, Wolfville
Happenings: Find them at the first ever Cider Festival in Halifax on May 27. For more info about the event, visit localconnections.ca/events/
Annapolis Cider Company – Cidery
388 Main Street, Wolfville
The Buzz: The Annapolis Cider Company shop is open seven days a week, 10am to 7pm. No need to ever run out!
Tangled Garden – Liquers
1827 Highway 1, Grand Pre
How Best to Enjoy: Serve chilled or mix with sparkling water, white wine, champagne, or add to a martini for a novel touch.
Stutz Cider – Cidery
The Buzz: Stutz Cider is crafted in Nova Scotia and uses 100% Annapolis Valley apples.
L’Acadie Vineyards Organic Cider – Cidery
310 Slayter Rd., Gaspereau
The Buzz: Traditional methods of natural fermentation in its bottle produce fine bubbles. Made with certified organic apples from the Annapolis Valley – Golden Russett, Northern Spy, Jonagold, and Cox Orange Pippin with an iced cider dosage to balance natural acidity.
Schoolhouse Brewery – Brewery
40 Water Street, Windsor
Get Informed: Schoolhouse Brewery knows how to keep in touch, check out their Facebook page for updates, contests, and events at facebook.com/SchoohouseBrewery
Meander River Farm and Brewery – Brewery
906 Woodville Road, Ashdale
The Buzz: Consisting of 186 acres, the farm features 2.5 acres of hops, a newly built micro-brewery, lavender fields, lush gardens, Hants County’s tallest waterfall, seasonal livestock, and a retail shop offering tours, tastings, and handmade products