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Brewing Pride: New Brunswick’s Craft Beer Boom

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In the heart of Canada, New Brunswick's craft beer scene is an effervescent blend of tradition and innovation. As a province known for its picturesque landscapes and warm hospitality, it has also carved out a unique identity in the world of craft beer. This article delves into the burgeoning craft beer culture in New Brunswick, where artisanal brews are more than just a drink – they're a celebration of local craftsmanship and community spirit.

The Humble Beginnings

The journey of New Brunswick's craft beer began in the early 2000s, with pioneers like Picaroons Traditional Ales and Pump House Brewery laying the foundation. These trailblazers set the stage for a craft beer revolution that would soon sweep across the province. Today, New Brunswick boasts an ever-growing list of craft breweries, each adding their unique touch to the province's beer portfolio: 

Here is a list of breweries in New Brunswick:


13 Barrels Brewing - Located in Bathurst.

Big Axe Brewery - Situated in Nackawic.

Bigtide Brewing Company - Based in Saint John.

Brasseurs du Petit-Sault Brewers - Located in Edmundston.

Brasseux d'la Côte - Found in Tracadie.

Cross Creek Brewing - Taproom and Brewery - Situated in Woodstock.

Flying Boats Brewing Microbrewery - Located in Dieppe.

Foghorn Brewing Company - Based in Rothesay.

Four Rivers Brewing Co. - Located in Bathurst.

Grand Falls Brewing Co. - Situated in Grand Falls.

Graystone Brewing - Based in Fredericton.

Maybee Brewing Company - Based in Fredericton.

Novum Boreas Brewery - Located in Saint-Quentin.

OG Ales Microbrewery - Situated in Harvey.

Picaroons General Store - Found in Saint John.

Picaroons Roundhouse - Based in Fredericton.

Pump House Fill Station - Located in Moncton.

Sanfar Microbrewery & Resort - Situated in Tide Head. Sussex

Ale Works - Based in Sussex.

The 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse - Located in St. Stephen.

The Pump House Brewery - Found in Moncton.

Tide & Boar Gastropub - Based in Moncton.

Tire Shack Brewing Co. - Located in Moncton.

Tobique River Trading Co. - Situated in Perth-Andover.

TrailWay Brewing Company - Based in Fredericton

A Kaleidoscope of Flavours

One of the hallmarks of New Brunswick's craft beer is its incredible variety. From the classic ales and lagers to the more avant-garde and experimental concoctions, there's a brew for every palate. Local ingredients play a starring role, infusing the beers with the essence of New Brunswick. Whether it's a beer with hints of maple or a brew enriched with locally grown hops, these ingredients not only enhance the flavor profile but also support regional farmers.

The Artisanal Touch

What sets New Brunswick's craft beer apart is the emphasis on artisanal production. Small batches mean more attention to detail and a focus on quality over quantity. This artisanal approach resonates with both locals and visitors, who appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into every bottle.

Celebrated Far and Wide

The excellence of New Brunswick's craft beer hasn't gone unnoticed. Many local breweries have received national and international acclaim, putting the province on the global beer map. Limited-edition releases and seasonal specials keep the beer enthusiasts on their toes, always eager to taste the latest innovative brew.

More Than Just Beer

But it's not just about the beer. The craft beer scene in New Brunswick is woven into the fabric of the community. Breweries often double as social hubs, hosting events and supporting local causes. This sense of community extends to collaborative efforts among breweries, resulting in some exciting and unique beers.

The Economic Pour

The impact of the craft beer industry on New Brunswick's economy is substantial. It's a sector that generates jobs, boosts tourism, and contributes to the province's vibrant culture.

A Future Brewed in Sustainability and Innovation

Looking ahead, sustainability and continuous innovation are the likely trends. With an increasing focus on environmentally friendly practices and an unceasing desire to experiment with new flavors and techniques, the future of New Brunswick's craft beer scene is as bright as it is exciting.

Experience the Best of NB's Brews

For those looking to immerse themselves in this hoppy haven, brewery tours and beer trails offer an insider’s look into the craft beer world. The province also plays host to a variety of beer festivals, celebrating the diversity and creativity of its brewers.

The craft beer scene in New Brunswick is a testament to the province's spirit of innovation and community. It's a scene that's not just brewing beer, but also brewing connections, experiences, and a strong sense of provincial pride. Whether you're a casual drinker or a connoisseur, the craft breweries of New Brunswick invite you to raise a glass to a world of flavors waiting to be discovered. Cheers!