About The Owners
Alexander Keith, the man behind the nationally known brand, arrived in Halifax from Halkirk, Scotland, in 1817. As the province’s first certified brewmaster, he pioneered the tradition of making great beer in Nova Scotia. Mr. Keith’s passion for the art and science of brewing led him to establish Alexander Keith’s Brewery in 1820. The brewery continues operating today and is the production site for a portfolio of fine beers inspired by Mr. Keith’s high-quality standards.
Carrying on the pursuit of brewing excellence, the team behind the brewery today are Matt, Mark, Jennette and Beth, who work alongside a skilled team of brewers, who create a variety of beer styles, and a talented group of tour musicians, who welcome more than 30,000 visitors to the brewery each year.
What Makes Them Unique
Alexander Keith’s was the original Indian Pale Ale (IPA), a beer style we now consider traditional. The IPA was historically brewed in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, which remains one of the oldest working breweries in North America.
This historical, more than 200-year-old brewery, is located in Downtown Halifax and is the production site for Alexander Keith’s portfolio of beers exclusive to the Maritimes. Below the copper brewhouse is the Stag’s Head Pub, which was once Mr. Keith’s beer ageing cavern built to keep the beer fresh and cool. Today the cavern is a hidden gem in the city used for sampling, socializing, and raising a glass to East Coast hospitality. It brings to life all things Alexander Keith was passionate about and is the heart and soul of the brewery.
A Nova Scotian symbol, Alexander Keith’s embodies rich history and heritage, which continues to be showcased in the community through the craftmanship of fine beers, a unique tour experience, and an annual birthday celebration for Mr. Keith every October 5!