Must-try beers: New this month

Photo: Kim Hart Macneill

Duplicitous (lager)
Spindrift Brewing Co.
Dartmouth, N.S.
This new option from the city’s all-lager brewhouse packs an 8% ABV into a light and refreshing beer. It’s generously hopped and a great opportunity for IPA lovers to get on the lager train.
Innisfree (rustic farmhouse saison)
2 Crows Brewing
Halifax, N.S.
The city’s newest brewery opened at noon Saturday with seven beers on tap, three in cans, and a few familiar names on the guest tap list. This saison is a seasonal, so find it while you can. It’s earthy and bready, but approachable. It’s the perfect beer for introducing your non-craft-beer loving friends to saisons.
Fathom Double IPA
Nine Locks Brewing
Dartmouth, N.S.
On Feb 10, Nine Locks will launch its latest canned beer. This double IPA is based on the familiar Fathom IPA from Rockbottom Brewpub, so you can expect over-the-top citrus and pine hop flavours with a lingering finish.
Barrel Aged Barley Wine
Tatamagouche Brewing Co.
Tatamagouche, N.S.
It doesn’t get more Nova Scotian that this brew. It features Annapolis Valley malts from Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co., and was conditioned in 13-year-old single malt barrels from Glenora Inn & Distillery in Mabou, which lend it an interesting spirit character. You’ll have to make a trip to the brewery to find it, but it’ll be worth the drive.
Enigmatic (India saison)
Tidehouse Brewing
Halifax, N.S.
Launched late last week, this small batch beer is already sold out at the brewery. But fear not, there’s a keg stashed away for the Nano-Brewery Tap Takeover at Battery Park Beer Bar on Feb 9. This unique beer offers IPA characteristics with a Belgian/French yeast profile, plus generous servings of Ahtanum, Azacca, and Amarillo hops.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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