Good Cheer Trail

Another year, another alcoholic scavenger hunt through Nova Scotia. I’m really enjoying these Good Cheer Trail passports. I had hoped to collect stamps completely different from last year (from new to me places, if possible). As the summer wound down, however, I ran out of time and had to do a few re-visits. But I do love the places I went back to!

Here is the list of places I visited on this year’s Good Cheer Trail. We checked out a few other spots as well, but they either weren’t in the passport, or I didn’t bother getting a stamp.

2017 Good Cheer Trail

Annapolis Valley

1. Annapolis Cider Company

One of my favourite craft alcohol spots in Nova Scotia. ACC changed my views on hard cider. Or maybe it’s just because I never had good cider before?

Exploring the French Shore – with a bottle of ACC, and Billy Bishop

2. Horton Ridge Malt & Grain

One of the two places I definitely wanted to check out this summer. (The other was Roof Hound, but I didn’t make it there.) Horton Ridge focuses on producing malt for other companies, but of course uses some for themselves as well. It was a wonderful view!  We shared a flight that featured two of their brews and two beers from two other breweries that used their ingredients.

Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company

3.  Lightfoot & Wolfville

A brand new addition to the winery scene in Wolfville. We were… not impressed… with pretty much anything. The prices were too high (I guess they had to pay for their massive building), the service was sub-par, and I’ve tasted better wine. There was nothing that justified the prices, in my opinion. They’d only opened three weeks prior to our visit, though, so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt on two of my three complaints. I’ll give them a second chance next summer.

A snack at Lightfoot & Wolfville

4. Paddy’s Pub & Rosie’s Restaurant

My local pub. On this visit, I was with my aunt, visiting from Ontario. I forgot to take a photo. Oops. I had the Raven Ale, though. Here’s a photo from a previous visit.

Saturday Brunch

5. Planter’s Ridge Winery

My favourite spot for a post-photography-shoot drink. On this visit, we’d been shooting with the Canada 150 Chair from Kings County Museum.

Lunch at Planter's Ridge


1. 2 Crows Brewing Co.

According to the passport, this new brewery (or at least, I’ve never seen it in the Brunswick Street location before) served food. We decided to go there for supper. Unfortunately, they just had snack and sandwiches, so we decided to just stay for a tasting (we shared a flight of their own brews) and then head somewhere else for supper.

Tasting at 2 Crows Brewing

2. Chain Yard Urban Cidery

Invited to the Chain Yard for a birthday lunch! They had wonderful food and, more important, great cider.  The door to the cidery still bears a Scotiabank logo. I found that kind of interesting.

Lunch at the Chain Yard

3.  Gahan House Harbourfront

What’s better than sitting next to the water with good food and a nice, dark craft beer. Pretty much nothing. If you agree, check out Gahan House in Halifax’s Historic Properties.

Supper at Gahan house (with Billy Bishop)

4. North Brewing Company

I was in Halifax for the weekend with someone visiting from Quebec and we had our ‘farewell dinner’ at Battery Park, after a ‘poor man’s harbour cruise’ (we took the ferry to Dartmouth for supper). North Brewing has a storefront downstairs and the pub is upstairs. They have loads of taps of craft beer (including several North brews) and cider, as well as local wine.

Supper at Battery Park / North Brewing Company


1. Ironworks Distillery

I was… not a fan. But I’ve meaning to try them out for a while and I’m glad I did while we were in Lunenburg for the Tall Ships.

Tall Ships in Lunenburg

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