Published June 2020 -- (Version française ici)
The craft beer scene in New Brunswick is vibrant and thriving, with new microbreweries and distilleries popping up all the time to tempt and tease even the most discriminating of palates. Beerocracy’s NB Craft Breweries Map currently shows 75 different breweries, cideries, meaderies and distilleries across our province. And, while every single shop produces delicious drinks, we have pulled together a list of spots that have put a lot of thought and hard work into their taprooms where patrons can relax and enjoy a pint with their pals (and probably their pooches).
As an added bonus, Fredericton, known as the craft beer capital of Atlantic Canada, has just launched a new program called the Taproom Trail, a passport-style map that includes 11 must-visit breweries and ciderhouses in the city. Here’s the gist: visit the taprooms, buy a pint, get a stamp. As you fill your map with stamps, you can get different #FredTapTrail swag.
Four Rivers Brewing Co. – Bathurst
Named for the four rivers that flow into the Bathurst harbour, this large, rustic taproom boasts a beautiful bar with a view into their production facility, pub-style seating, and a loft area up in the rafters. The ceiling is made out of pallets (is there anything that can’t be made out of a pallet?) and live music happens often here. Dog friendly.
335 Murray Ave., Bathurst | 506-350-2800
Big Axe Brewery – Nackawic
If you’re looking to get out of the city, then you’ll want to check out this saloon-style brewery. A rustic, laid-back atmosphere with an amazing patio and views of the Saint John River. Inside you’ll find knotty pine walls, a bar that is made out of a single tree trunk, and even saddles on ‘horses’. There are shuttle services from Fredericton, which is an amazing service, but for water lovers you can also park your boat at their dock in the summer months. And if you happen to have one too many, just pop in next door where you can rest your head for the night at their B&B.
537 Otis Dr., Nackawic | 506-575-1093
Brasseux d’la Côte – Tracadie
With beer flavours that are inspired by the Acadian coast, this modern-looking taproom with a dozen taps serves up their delicious brews plus beers from around the province. Try the Moscou-Miscou, a 9% Russian Imperial Stout, or go for something much lighter, La Classic Rosé.
3216 rue Principale, Tracadie | 506-395-4476
Foghorn Brewing Company – Rothesay
Set in a beautiful log building with a large patio, inside you’ll likely find some sports fans milling about. Foghorn often hosts viewing parties, projecting the game onto a large screen. They also host live music on the weekends, and pull out the crib boards for impromptu games on Sundays. Dark wood tables, red chairs and strings of light make the room cute. Doggo friendly – check out their ‘Doghorn’ highlights on insta for all the good boys. To drink: we recommend the Constable Winchester IPA. It’s a Foggin Good Beer.
47 Clark Rd., Rothesay | 506-216-7000
New Maritime Beer – Miramichi
This modern space has lots of comfy seating and beautiful brassy hanging lights over the bar. A propane fireplace is flanked by garage doors to let in lots of light in the winter, and the breeze in the summer. Wood accents and bookshelves behind the bar stacked with old volumes gives it a homey and elegant touch. Cap it all off with a pint of The Very Best Juicy IPA, for a true flavour of the Miramichi.
55 Newcastle Blvd., Miramichi | 506-622-1200
CAVOK Brewing Co. – Dieppe
Pronounced ‘CAV-OH-KAY’, this brewery is found in a strip mall - but don’t let the outside fool you. It opens up inside to a beautiful bar with a large chalkboard menu, live edge tables and benches and plenty of seating at the bar. What’s good: the Foxtrot 33 Oatmeal Stout.
250 Dieppe Blvd., Dieppe | 506-961-5835
Holy Whale Brewery – Alma
Set in a picturesque coastal village, this former church has been revitalized, but still holds true to its original architecture. The original intricate stained-glass windows and pews are still in place. The live edge wood bar and whale tail tap handles carved from locally found driftwood are special details. Enjoy your divine beers on their sunny patio, with seaside community views.
8576 Main Street, Alma | 506-887-1999
Trailway Brewing Co. – Fredericton
A huge open tasting room that has industrial and modern vibes, with warm wood accents. There’s a long staircase leading up to a loft seating area that overlooks the bar, and a beautiful glass wall looking into the keg room. As a bonus: cross the street and check out The Drome by Trailway – an old bowling alley that the owners have revitalized. It has a seriously vintage vibe, serves local beer on tap and has a menu that includes amazing burgers, chili cheese fries and huge corndogs.
280 Main St., Fredericton | 506-455-8246
Sussex Ale Works – Sussex
In this small space with a cute patio, right in the heart of downtown Sussex, your eyes will be drawn to the gorgeous lighting over the bar and the 10 tap heads that are carved to look like the staff and some of their regulars. Be sure to check out the bulletin board first, where ‘Beer it Forward’ cards award a free pint to the person who, at the discretion of the bartender, meets the description of the day. Past cards have included “buddy collectin’ a pension”, “a farmer”, “someone on a first date” and “nicest handlebar moustache”.
597b Main Street, Sussex | 506-432-1124
Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault – Edmundston
Take a seat at the communal table and have a pint with friends old and new in this bright and sunny taproom. There’s always a party happening here, with live music and great crowds. Try the award-winning Col. John Baker Dubbel, a Belgian-style strong ale, or the delicious Canon Franchetti, cappuccino stout, made with locally roasted coffee from la Brûlerie du Vieux Poste.
45 rue de l’Église, Edmundston | 506-733-1313
York County Cider (Ed’s Garage & Tap Room) – Fredericton
This taproom is truly a unique space. It draws inspiration from the building’s past as an automotive dealership and auto shop, with garage doors still intact. With an eclectic mix of wallpaper, chandeliers and your great aunt’s brown floral couch from the 70s, you’ll feel right at home as you get comfy and enjoy a pint of cider, local craft beer or a glass of wine.
Picaroons General Store – Saint John
The OG. We all know and love Picaroons beer. This taproom is one of three operated by Picaroons around the province. The General Store opened in Uptown Saint John a few years ago with a small microbrewery on site. The beautiful custom horseshoe table and red chairs are striking in this room that used to be a car park. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the seats in front of the windows facing the street, where the late afternoon sun streams in. The garage door opens in the summer to let in the breeze. On tap: local brews and cider, plus beers-to-go in the fridge. Oh, and did we mention there’s pizza next door? Wood-fired pizza. Delivered hot and fresh to your table.
32 Canterbury St., Saint John | 506-648-9834
Graystone Brewing – Fredericton
Graystone wins for the best patio around, featuring pods to hold groups of six, a beautiful long trough-like firepit, and swings and hammocks for the more adventurous among us. The garage doors let in lots of light, and the L-shaped couch has pillows and blankets to wrap up in. The large wood-burning fireplace adds to the ambiance on cooler evenings. Enjoy the warmth while sipping on their famous Patagonia Pale Ale, and maybe play a game of scrabble. Stay a while – they have 23 taps from surrounding areas. Doggo friendly.
221 King St., Fredericton | 506-459-7710
Savoie’s Brewhouse – Charlo
If you’re in the mood for a big kitchen party, Savoie’s Brewhouse is the place to be. Located inside the Heron’s Nest Bistro and Pub, this spot hosts live music on the weekends, serves up your standard pub fare, and truly feels like home. But the best part of this taproom experience is the view. Nestled along the Chaleur Bay, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Gaspé coast and the Appalachian mountain range. Heron’s Nest Cottages are located right next door if you are looking to enhance your visit with a cozy overnight stay.
6 Herons Nest St., Charlo | 506-787-0623
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