Largest East Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival returns to Halifax for 11th Year, August 11 & 12

May, 17, 2017 Wendy Phillips, Phillips Public Relations Ltd.

Tickets on sale this Friday!

(Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Seaport BeerFest returns as Atlantic Canada’s largest craft beer and cider festival. One of the top beer festivals nationally, this much-anticipated event celebrates all things beer, cider and food on the Halifax Waterfront from Friday, August 11th to Saturday, August 12th.

The 11th anniversary edition will showcase over 300 craft beers, premium imports and ciders, representing nearly every Canadian province and over 15 different countries. The Cunard Centre with its 375’ of waterfront patio, will host some of the greatest craft...

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10 years of suds at Seaport Beerfest - The festival’s co-founder, Brian Titus, chats about how it all began.

August 4, 2016 BY MORGAN MULLIN

When Brian Titus answers the phone, he politely says this might not be the best time to talk. Outside at Pier 23, near the Cunard Centre, he's hard at work ripping open the many flats of beers arriving for the 10th annual Seaport Beerfest. The loud thumps and bangs from this effort reverberate through the call.

"As I'm going through the beer I'm sort of fondling different bottles, thinking, 'Oh I'm going to come back to you,'" the event co-organizer (and half of the duo behind Garrison Brewery) says, laughing.

The Seaport Beerfest is an annual two-day festival that transforms the Cunard Centre and...

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Halifax BeerFest samples 326 beers from around the world


It’s a beer-lover’s dream: being handed a mug and told they can fill it up as many times as they’d like, with different varieties stretching into the distances. But here comes the tricky part: deciding which ones to sample.

“Nobody’s trying them all — it’s just not going to happen —so you have to be a bit strategic,” explains Brian Titus, Garrison Brewing Co. president and general manager. “It’s not a sprint. You need to pace yourself.”

It took months to narrow down the list of participating breweries, and the final lineup for the 10th annual Halifax Seaport BeerFest includes 326 different brands from across Canada and around the world.

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This weekend, it's beer-tasting time at the pier - The 10th Halifax Seaport BeerFest features more than 300 brands of beer and cider at three tasting sessions Friday and Saturday at the Cunard Centre.

August 2, 2016 BY BILL SPURR

Thousands of beer drinkers, hundreds of beers, dozens of porta-potties.

Those are the main ingredients for the 10th Halifax Seaport BeerFest, Friday and Saturday at Cunard Centre, run by founder and Garrison Brewing president Brian Titus, who chairs a debrief session every year to find ways to improve the festival.

“There are always tweaks … and we’re trying to improve on the offering, in general,” said Titus, surrounded by a rainbow of cardboard as pallets of beer arrived for the beerfest. 


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From IT to IPA: Irish craft brew couple in Halifax for BeerFest

August 6, 2015 BY ZANE WOODFORD

Gráinne Walsh and Tim Barber knew they needed a change; they just didn’t know brewing was the answer.

But after the Irish husband-wife craft beer team tried their hand at brewing up a batch of home brew, they realized it was time to get out of the IT industry, and into craft beer.

“There’s great overlap between the tech industry and craft beer,” Walsh said Thursday.

“It’s people who are geeky about tech, or geeky about graphics or geeky about gaming, and we’re geeky about beer.”
Well, that geekiness paid off.

In 2010 the couple developed a business plan, in 2011 they launched the brewery and by 2012 they were both into Metalman... Read More

GLOBAL NEWS - August 6, 2015

Halifax Seaport Beerfest showcases local craft beer 

August 6, 2015 BY RAY BRADSHAW

HALIFAX – Craft beer is a growing trend in the city, and this weekend residents will get a chance to try some of the best at the 9th annual Halifax Seaport Beerfest, the largest gathering of craft beer, imports and cider in Atlantic Canada.

Craft beer brewers from all over Eastern Canada, Maine, and Ireland, will be serving up their products at Beerfest. “An incredible selection of brands,” said Brian Titus, the co-founder of the Halifax Seaport Beerfest. “Over 300 unique beers, all specialty, seasonal and local craft beers.”Titus is also co-owner of Garrison Brewing, which has been operating for 19 years. He said the craft beer business is booming. “...

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Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am!


Halifax Seaport BeerFest: Atlantic Canada’s largest beer festival is back for its 9th year in Halifax, August 7 & 8

Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am!

(Halifax, NS) - Atlantic Canada’s largest beer festival and one of Canada’s most popular beer festivals returns for its 9th annual “Beer on the Pier”. The event will take place at the Cunard Centre on Halifax’s Waterfront, Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8.

Read more details in the attached PDF.


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2015 Special Guest

Introducing Gráinne Walsh

In 2011, Gráinne Walsh abandoned a career in the I.T. Industry to try her hand at brewing beer for a living. Having spent her time bouncing from one big-company job to the next but never really settling, she took the plunge and made herself a new home in the beer industry by setting up Metalman Brewing in Waterford city. The brewery now makes over 15 different beers and is the only microbrewery in Ireland to have a canning line on site. Gráinne is aided and abetted in these beery endeavours by her long-suffering other half Tim and 5 awesome staff at the...

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Halifax Sociable - August 11, 2014

4 Reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Seaport BEERFEST

August 11, 2014 BY KIM HUMES

It’s not surprising that beer is so popular in a town known for its pubs! And August is a great time to be a beer lover in Halifax because that is when the Seaport Beerfest takes place (August 8th and 9th this year). Beerfest is Atlantic Canada’s largest gathering of local craft beer, imports and cider. I was lucky enough to attend this year’s event on Saturday, where more than 110 different producers and 275 unique products were on offer. The size of the event is not the only thing that makes it great. Here are 4 reasons why you should check out Seaport Beerfest:

1. You can support local brewers!
The craft beer scene has...

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The Chronicle Herald - August 7, 2014

A focus on beer-food pairings at Halifax Seaport BeerFest

August 7, 2014 BY BILL SPURR

Chefs learn how to pair food and wine from their earliest days of culinary school, but matching food with beer is a slightly different skill — and not always on the curriculum.

For the eighth annual Halifax Seaport BeerFest on Friday and Saturday, food vendors Bramoso Gourmet Pizzeria, Stubborn Goat Gastropub and Waterfront Warehouse had to come up with food that’s easy to hold and that goes not with one beer, but hundreds.


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