I'm a fan of Halifax's Garrison Brewing Company and will often order their product when I'm at a restaurant or at the local beer seller. Garrison arrived on the Halifax brewing scene in 1997 which was really a watershed year for local breweryana, with Propeller Brewing Company and the Maritime Beer Company also coming onto the scene. I thought MBC quite ambitious at the time, launching with six new brands onto a crowded local market all at once. Their assets were bought by Sleeman in 2000. Garrison and Propeller, though, definitely had more of a 'craft' image and have appeared to have done well.
I'm drinking a Garrison Irish Red as I write, and the Raspberry Wheat and Barrack Street Brown are other ones I tend to go for. The Tall Ship Amber and Martello Stout are fine, as well, and I've yet to try the Khybeer Moka Ale or the Jalapeno Ale.
Created in conjunction with the Khyber Club, the hangout for students at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Khybeer Moka Ale has graduated into its' own special niche. Flavourful nut brown ale & fresh, locally roasted "Java Blend" Espresso, combine to deliver an exceptional taste experience. Just like good art, Khybeer challenges the senses and satisfies your soul.I met Garrison president Brian Titus at a Halifax bar one night years ago - not that he'd remember, given the thousands of people he's met during promotion nights, but I do recall impressing him with my knowledge that Barrack Street was the old Halifax name of present day Brunswick Street. As someone who is quite serious regarding Halifax History, I'm a sucker for both Garrison's company name and some of their brand names.
Unique in the Maritimes (& anywhere north of Santa Fe!), our Jalapeno Ale will cool you down and warm you up all at the same time. Our refreshing Tall Ship Amber Ale is loaded with Jalapeno, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, & Jamaican Hot Peppers to create a truly unusual brew. This beer is great for lovers of all things hot & spicy, and a killer secret weapon in the kitchen and on the grill.