Those who like it, like it a lot
That's the motto for Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. Keith's brewery has been a long standing business in Halifax since the 1820's. Other beers come and go but Keith's remains a local favourite. In the old stone brewery on the waterfront, you can take a tour of the brewery with guides in period dress and hear about life in Halifax in the 1800's. The tour is a lot of fun and you should enjoy it quite a bit. Legal drinking age is 19 but the tours are open to younger members. You just can't sample the product like the over-19's can!
Tours last about an hour and prices range from $15 per adult and down for seniors, children and group rates. Tours run daily through the summer season and weekends only in the winter and spring. See
Brewery Tour info for details.
For those of you interested in beer, you can take an informative and interactive tour of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery. Actors in period costume will lead you back in time as you learn about the beer, the brewery and life in Halifax in 1863. Visit the Stag's Head Tavern where you will listen to toe tapping music, play games and of course sample Keith's fine ale. More information is at their website below.
Local Halifax beer and that's not all. Alexander Keith's is a big part of Halifax culture and you can take tours, sample the local beer and/or visit the market. The market is now a farmers market on the weekend (Sat.), and very popular with locals. Among fresh fruits and vegetables, there's also a wine cellar for some wine and cheese sampling. Additionally, there's flowers, syrup and delis combined with crafts and even musicians. It's a lively place and the oldest in North America...we passed by as it was just picking up and already very crowded.
Keiths brewery is not just about beer...in fact, that just seems to be what got the area started. Now it's MUCH more...a lot of which has nothing to do with beer other than the use of the building.
The Halifax Farmer's market is the oldest in North America. Currently it lives in a restored 19th century stone building on the waterfront but it will be moving to a renovated warehouse further south on the waterfront in Pier 20 in July 2010. The current building used to be a brewery belonging to the company that made Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale, the most popular beer in NS. There is a brewery back in the building again now and they do tours. The market takes place on Saturday mornings and has lots of fresh produce, meat, fish and cheese, much of it organic, as well as plants and herbs, crafts and food ready made.
There is a bright and skylighted center courtyard where sometimes there is a string quartet playing. Follow the labyrinth of narrow stone walled corridors to all the little hidden nooks and crannies filled with stalls and shops and kiosks. The brewery is very popular and is usually crowded, which is one reason why it's moving, so bring your patience with you. It's worth it!
Update: The main of the market has moved to the Seafront market at Pier 20 further south on the waterfront. There are still vendors in the Brewery Market, however, though not as many. It can still be visited.
A guided tour around the brewery is a great way to spend a couple of hours as you get to have a look around, learn some history and have a beer as well.
This is an informative and interactive tour of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery where Actors in period costume will lead you back in time as you learn about the beer, the brewery and life in Halifax in 1863. The tour includes a visit the Stag's Head Tavern where you will listen to toe tapping music, play games and of course sample Keith's fine ale.
The staff and guides are all in period costume and tell the story of Alexander Keith's famous I.P.A. which has been brewed in Halifax since 1820. Tours run all year round but are only hourly from September to May. The tour lasts about an hour and there is also a cafe and a gift shop.
Well worth a visit.
Brewed in Nova Scotia since 1820, Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale is one of the country's favourite beer - and we're talking about Canada, where people truly know their beer! Rumor has it that when Bill Clinton was visiting Canada a few years ago, Prime Minister Jean Chretien introduced him to the fine taste of Keith's ale... that's how important this beer is to the country! Back in the days, Alexander Keith's reputation was just as good as his beer's - he was a prominent member of Halifax's society and even became mayor of the city. The history behind the beer is what makes a visit at the Keith's brewery so interesting. Historical characters will take you through Mr. Keith's house, brewery and a real evening out at the pub, complete with rowdy jokes and traditional songs, and where you will of course get to taste the famous India Pale Ale (lemonade and ice tea are available for kids). One of the best attractions in town!
If you like beer at all, you have to stop at Alexander Keith's brewery for a drink! Over the past 5 years, Keith's "India Pale Ale" has become one of Canada's most popular bottled and on-tap brews. I had tried Keith's before my visit here but became a huge fan after trying it out of a fresh keg at this brewery--it tasted so good; clean and had slight sweet apple taste to it. Do try the drink here, before it gets put onto trucks, shipped around the country, spending weeks in basements, and coming out of taps that don't get cleaned often enough.
This brewery is the oldest working brewery in North America! In 1820, a 25 year-old Scottish immigrant named Alexander Keith, established this Halifax brewery. The brewmaster carefully built the recipe for his pale ale. The people of Halifax liked his drink so much that in 1934 he was elected Mayor of Halifax. His birthday is still celebrated on October 5th every year with a big party in Halifax. (And with lots of drinking!) The ale recipe remains a well-guarded secret.
Hour-long tours of the brewery run 7 days a week, every 15-minutes during designated times. The tours are inexpensive, under $10. "Those who like it, like it a lot!"
Time for a beer tour! This is the oldest working brewery in North America and well worth a look. Tours cost $9 Cdn and go every 1/2 hour. It is one of the better tours that I've ever had in a beer factory. The tour is led by costumed guides who stay in the 18th century character the whole time. At the end of the tour, you are entitled to two beers and are treated to some traditional East Coast music.
This location also holds a farmer's market on the lower level on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm. It's a good place to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables.
This is the oldest working brewery in North America... and it makes the best beer in the world!
You get a guided historical tour with some free beer.
It's a fun thing to do before you're ready to go to the pubs and bars.
"Those who like it, like it alot"
That's what they say about the beer, and if you've ever had one, then you know it's true. Going to this brewery was like a day in heaven. For all beer fans, I strongly recommend going on this tour. Oh and don't forget to try out the Keith's Honey Brown. One of the best.