Must-try beers: Patio season

Stillwell Beer Garden's move from the waterfront to Spring Garden Road was lamented last year, but it only took a few weeks for beer fans to realize the new spots charm. Photo: Stillwell, Twitter

We don’t get nearly enough summer out here on the coast—make every day count by soaking up some vitamins D and B.
Stillwell Beer Garden
5688 Spring Garden Road
Open: Sun. to Thurs. 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon–12:00a.m.
When Stillwell moved to Spring Garden Road I was skeptical that it could possibly come close to the feel of the waterfront location. Man, was I wrong. The SGR beer garden offers, sun, snacks, and 10 taps of cold beer and cider. In addition to barbecue and burgers, this summer the beer garden plays host to pop-up eateries including a visit from Beausoeil Oysters‘ champion shucker Max Daigle and Backoo’s Korean To Go.
The Stubborn Goat Beer Garden
Summit Plaza, Water Street
Open: TBA
The details surrounding The Stubborn Goat’s waterfront beer garden are firming up. But manager Tyler Smith says you’ll be sipping a beer with a view of the harbour Friday at the earliest, but most likely Monday. Keep an eye on Facebook for the announcement. Expect to find the same locally-sourced handheld eats and 12 beer taps.
The Rooftop
1567 Grafton Street
Open: Daily 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Halifax’s newest patio is also one of its busiest. “It’s only been a week and we’re moving with a full head of steam,” says manager Tyler Smith. “Saturday was packed all day.” This Stubborn Goat spinoff increases the city’s patio seating by 60 spots. In addition to craft beer, you’ll find wine and cider, plus charcoal-grilled eats and tacos.
Your Father’s Moustache
5686 Spring Garden Rd.
Open: Mon. to Fri 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat. and Sun 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
This is one of the city’s longest running patios. Grabbing a street side seat ensures a sweeping view of the street below and ample people watching opportunities. Here you’ll find a robust menu of pub fare plus 17 taps. Nine Locks Brewing co-owner Shawn O’Hearn also owns the Moustache and Rockbottom Brewpub in the basement so you’ll find their beers on tap, plus local guest taps and the expected macros.
Agricola Street Brasserie
2540 Agricola St.
Open: Tues. to Sun 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
While the Brasserie doesn’t offer a view of the street below, here you will find a garden oasis on a hot summer day. At your umbrella-shaded picnic table you’ll find a planters filled with herbs and flowers. The menu features house-made charcuterie and globally inspired share plates. On tap you’ll can travel the province without leaving your table via 12 taps featuring Boxing Rock, Bad Apple, North Brewing Co., Schoolhouse Brewing, and from the new cidery a block away, Chain Yard Cider.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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