Nine Locks Brewing came about when the founders Shaun and Danny O’Hearn (cousins) were enjoying a craft beer on a warm summer night in 2014. Both craft beer enthusiasts, the two often talked about building a craft brewery in their hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

After finding an ideal location on the Waverley Road in Dartmouth, the two decided on the name Nine Locks Brewing Co. to give tribute to the historic Shubenacadie Canal, where there were nine original locks built to facilitate transportation between Halifax and the agricultural, timber, and coal producing areas of Northern Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley.

It was important to them that the brewery honoured the tradition of craft brewing techniques using all natural ingredients with no preservatives, no pasteurization, and never any filtration to ensure the most flavourful beer possible. After a year of planning, and another 8 months of building, their dream of opening their own craft brewery has come to fruition. Located at 219 Waverley Road, stop in for a sample of our beer, or just say hi and have a look at our brewery. If we aren’t brewing, we’ll give you the 10 cent tour.

Our Beers

Cream Ale

Cream Ale

Dirty Blonde

American Pale Wheat Ale


Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Fathom Double IPA

American Double / Imperial IPA


American IPA


English Porter

Double Chocolate Stout

Seasonal American Stout

Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Seasonal Pumpkin Ale

Scotch Ale

Seasonal Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Vanilla Porter

Seasonal English Porter

Watermelon Blonde

Seasonal American Blonde Ale

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