Backstage Brewing has been opened by A.J. Leadbetter, his wife Beth, and her parents, Lynn and Wayne MacDonald in a building at 37 Bridge Ave. that housed a paint shop owned by Leadbetter’s family until it was damaged by fire in 2015.
Now repaired and refurbished, the facility includes a brewery as well as a soon-to-open taproom that will pour several Backstage brands and a selection of beers from other Nova Scotia breweries, as well as local wine and cider.
Backstage is currently in soft launch mode, and started opening for cash-only growler sales last Wednesday, offering fills of Daydreamer Pale Ale (4.8% abv, 21 IBU) and Headliner IPA (6.3% abv, 60 IBU).
For more details on business hours for upcoming growler sales and the pending opening of the taproom, see the Backstage Brewing Facebook page.