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NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

NSLC Financials: Commercial Beer Giants Like Oland See Sales Decreases, While Independent Craft Brewers Enjoy Strong Traction

By Andrew Macdonald

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp the other day released its third-quarter financial results.

An interesting fact is that in the period between Sept-Dec. is that total beer sales were down 1%.

The NSLC store network sold 64.45 million hectolitres of beer in the financial reporting period, as compared to 65 million hectolitres in the previous year.

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Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

Lara Cusson & Cafe Lara Part II: ‘Everyone Loves Taco Lina’s’

By Andrew Macdonald

Story Update

Earlier in the week, I moved a story that millennial entrepreneur Lara Cusson is now selling tacos out of her popular independent café on Agricola Street.

Cafe Lara has entered into an “arrangement” to provide kitchen space to Taco Lina, formerly located in Gus’ Pub.

Reports Cusson: “Taco Lina’s, owned by the Rinaldo brothers, has relocated inside Café Lara”.

The Mexican food offering makes its debut at Café Lara this weekend, opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

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Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Old Fashioned Brewery Wars Between Garrison & Propeller Breweries To Play Out On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Exclusive: Gotta Love It: Craft Brewery Wars Touch Down On Quinpool Road: Garrison & Propeller To Fight For Customers

You gotta love it – and old fashioned independent brewery war is shaping out to play out on Quinpool Road – between the two deans of the craft brew movement.

I refer to the founders and proprietors of Brian Titus’ Garrison Brewery & Jon Allan’s Propeller Brewery – both established in 1997, some 22-years ago.

Garrison late in 2019 opened a fourth expansion brewery and retail store at the Norman Nahas owned Oxford Theatre.

And now comes word that Propeller is going to open a retail store also on Quinpool Road, in the Doug Reid built luxury condo complex, The Keep.

It will spark an old fashioned brewery war from the two craft brewery pioneers.

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Brewery Wars, Part II:  Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

Brewery Wars, Part II: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind The Beer Wars On Quinpool Road

By Andrew Macdonald

Quinpool Road Brewery Wars: Meet John Allen – The Man Behind Beer Wars

Propeller Brewery, like its staunch foe, Garrison Brewery were both founded in 1997.

Propeller declined to talk to me, while Brian Titus did speak to The Notebook – my cell phone number is embedded in Titus phone. The Titus story is elsewhere.

But, who is John Allen, the man who is sparking an old fashioned brewery war to play out on Quinpool Road?

Well, his Propeller Brewery website declares: “For 20 years, Propeller Brewing Company has been making quality craft beer”.

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An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

An Odd Fact: Quinpool Road Until Now Banned Bars, Pubs & Wateringholes – Centre Plan Could See Booze Emporium Invasion To The Street

By Andrew Macdonald

If you can believe it, in a city that is famous for its legions of bars and pubs – fuelled by 30,000 university students in Halifax, Quinpool Road has been a bar/pub desert.

Until the other month, one could not operate a solely dedicated bar or pub on Quinpool because of age-old city bylaws keeping the street free of watering holes.

Existing restaurants can sling beer, but only if a customer also orders food.

So if you order a meal at the street’s legendary Athens, then you can quaff a drink.

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Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

Craft Brew Talk With The Other Andrew Murphy Of Unfiltered Brewing Fame

By Phil DeMont

Meet Andrew Murphy – Unfiltered Brewing

Having a beer at the taproom of Unfiltered Brewing on North Street is more a philosophical experience than a good ol ‘ Nova Scotia elbow-bending session.

Think 1950s Minimalism.

The room might not be on the level of a Frank Stella painting.

Still, small, artistic black-and-white photographs dot the walls of the bar. The iron lattice across the top third of the wall feeds the stark motif. The style is well-appointed.

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Entrepreneurs: No More Monkeys, It’s Tartan Time

Entrepreneurs: No More Monkeys, It’s Tartan Time

By Carol Dobson

The monkeys are on a shelf, replaced by tartan scarves, hats, bags and bow ties.

It’s all happened since mid-2018 when North End Halifax’s Sherrie and Dale Kearney provided Nova Scotia tartan scarves to a Conservative Party of Canada conference in Halifax. Volunteers wore the distinctive six-and-a-half foot scarves around necks, as belts, and, as more than one volunteer determined, in the traditional Scottish style as a sash over one shoulder.

At that time, the Kearneys operated their business under the name ‘Monkeys and More’, turning out sock puppets, but last year rebranded into MaritimeTartan with a new product line.

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