Sudsy rise against the norm or UK-styled beer invasion fermented in Nova Scotia, Garrison started in protest. As the first major wave of craft brewing in North America was cresting, Garrison was determined to see small batch, independent brewing come back to Halifax. Launched in the city’s deep north-end, the brewery released first an Irish Red Ale (August 1997) & Nut Brown Ale (October 1997). Restless & innovative, the early years saw McNab’s Pale, Raspberry Wheat, Martello Stout, Titanic Ale, Jalapeno Ale & more. By 2004, craft beer was surging again & the Lady Hammond plant was busting at the seams – time to move!
Vacant & derelict but solid & historic, the Immigration Annex on the south-end waterfront was begging for a brewery. By February 2006 the 1929 character building had one – us – & the new Halifax Seaport had its’ first anchor tenant. The added space and exposure was like oxygen to Garrison & the brewery grew rapidly. New tanks & better bottling gear allowed for a tripling of production, but by 2012 the space could give no more.
Determined to stay “100% SEAPORT BREWED”, the team found another beautifully derelict Port space in the old CN Rail Repair Building just a keg roll away. By spring 2014 Garrison was running trial batches on their state-of-the-art, PEI-built brewhouse, & this fully updated craft-brewing plant continues to meet the growing Garrison demand. The new plant isn’t open to the public but you can still catch our brewers in action at the market brewery knocking out specialties & collabs on the original gear. Cheers!
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