The perfect pint

Some fine choices for a genuinely tasty draught.

The perfect pint

Getting tired of the usual fare? That's why we've headed off to find the perfect pint. And, thankfully, Halifax has a lot to offer. With an impressive selection of microbreweries and brewpubs, it's not hard to find a great mug of grog in this city. Check out these places for genuinely tasty draughts.

Rockbottom Brewery

The faux pub interior and automated taps might throw off some purists, but delve into one or two of the six ales brewed on-site and you'll be won over. Rockbottom brews the standards (IPA, stout, wheat) well. Try the Nut Brown Ale for a malty treat.

5686 Spring Garden Road, 423-2938

Granite Brewery

This microbrewery is simply one of the best in the city. From the hand-pumped Best Bitter to Keefe's Irish Stout, Granite really understands what makes a great ale: unique; uncompromising; flavourful brews. Try The Henry House for the best selection.

Brewery and shop: 6054 Stairs Street, 429-4954

Hart and Thistle Gastropub and Brewery

With an ever-changing selection of limited-run ales, this new-ish brewpub is like an adventure for the true tipple enthusiast. As of writing, the bistro is offering its E-Rosinous Zone IPA and a Blackout Canadian India Ale described as a "big dark full-bodied hop bomb" that was brewed during a blackout. But this could change tomorrow. Check out the Brewer's Blog ( for the latest.

Historic Pr operties, 1869 Upper Water Street, 407-4278

Rogue's Roost Brew Pub

A good down-to-earth, after-work bar with a tasty selection of on-site brews to whet your whistle. Try the Raspberry Wheat Ale to kickoff spring, or the crisp, refreshing Cream Ale. They make great companions for the above-average pub food, too.

5435 Spring Garden Road, 492-BEER

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