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HALIFAX - Its a sight that could bring a grown man to tears. Rows of tents displaying 100 brands of beer from all over the world. For local brew connoisseurs, its heaven with a buzz.

HALIFAX - Its a sight that could bring a grown man to tears. Rows of tents displaying 100 brands of beer from all over the world. For local brew connoisseurs, its heaven with a buzz.



And now its going to be more common. By last night, the first Seaport Beerfest had become the first annual Seaport Beerfest.



This is definitely going to be an annual thing. Its already a success, said Brian Titus, Garrison Brewery president and Beerfest organizer. This city needs a beer festival. This region needs a beer festival.



The festival featured 100 beers from 49 breweries, including seven from Nova Scotia. After paying the $30 ticket price, crowds of beer-drinkers were given a tiny plastic mug and free reign to try whatever they wanted. The festival took place outdoors, next to the Garrison Brewery.



Life couldnt be better. This is fantastic weather, a lot of nice people here enjoying a good time and the beer is absolutely fantastic, said Glen Semaniuk of Halifax.



A lot to like



Im no technical expert, but I know what I like, and theres a lot I like here.



Matt Mansfield wouldnt call himself a technical expert either. But he is a beer lover, and he has specific things hes looking for.



When people think of carefully scrutinizing a drink, they usually think of wine tastings. But beer lovers take their drink every bit as seriously.



You look at the appearance of it, what kind of colour it is, whether its filtered or unfiltered. What kind of head it has, whether it retains well or not. You look at the aroma and what kind of things you smell in the beer, explained Mansfield.



And thats all before tasting it. The beers at the festival ran the gamut from dark and bitter to light and citrusy, and everything in between.



A festival like this allows people to taste beers from micro-breweries they would never have access to normally.



The NSLC held two beer festivals in recent years, but they consisted mostly of the beers already available at liquor stores.



Beer vs. wine



There is one key difference between beer festivals and wine tastings Q at the beer festival, you dont spit anything out.



In fact, after a few hours, some drinkers started asking to have their mugs not filled up so high.



When Titus organized the festival, with Bruce Mansour of event organizer Make It Happen, they were determined to make it as green as possible.



The Ecology Action Centre was brought in to advise on how to cut down on waste. Essentially, everything people threw away is either recyclable or compostable.



Even the plastic mugs were more than souvenirs. They allowed people to carry the same container to the different tents, which meant there was no need for thousands of disposable plastic cups.



Thats the cool thing about this, is when its all said and done and were going to strike down the tents, this place will be clean and we wont have generated mountains of waste, Titus said.



Going green is something organizers plan on expanding next year



Next year, the big thing is to try and get some serious solar power in here, he said.



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Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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