Wayfarers Ale Society

Wayfarers Ale Society

"Wayfarers’ Ale Society came together in 2012 as a group of craft beer enthusiasts living in Nova Scotia to create and develop our own beers, (both lagers and ales) in contrast to the ever-increasing blandness of industrial beers. After a lot of experimenting, and tasting, we gravitated towards making really interesting beers, that go well with foods. We also enjoyed reviving some heritage beer recipes and seasonal beers such as fresh filtered light ales. A point came when so many of our friends liked our beers that the Society decided to also make these available to everyone. We needed more brewing space and so the decision to build a new craft brewery was hatched, one with a focus of designing and making beers we enjoyed ourselves, and also in response to our desire to 'support local' in a very real way here in the Valley."

" What makes us special is explained by our name. The name Wayfarers’ Ale is a tribute to an old custom in England where medieval travelers, ‘wayfarers’ as they were known would stop at local churches, knock on the door and be given a small horn of ale and some bread to refresh and help them along their journey. This was known as the wayfarers’ dole and at Wayfarers we honour the ancient tradition as people go on life’s journey. At Wayfarers you will find a place to relax, meet friends or just enjoy the natural beauty of the Annapolis Valley. All the labels were designed by a high school student (at the time). At Wayfarers’ you won’t find any gimmicks just quality dependable product."

" We realize that all our patrons have varying tastes regarding bitterness and flavours. Our line of beers attempts to meet the different tastes of beer drinkers. For those who like a light less bitter ale we have the German blonde ales and those with a hankering for something bitter we offer the One Eyed River Hog with vie different hops. In between we offer a range of beer styles to meet most people’s tastes."

 About the owners/brewers:

Ownership Team: The brewery is owned by a group of local people who came together as a community of beer lovers who also like to brew local beer. The brewery is managed by Jamie Aitken and Detlef Heiss who is also the brewer, John and Georgie McNeil who oversee the development and marketing and Kelly Ward who runs the Retail.  

"Our idea was to make very enjoyable beers and ciders with local people using local ingredients, full of flavour and at a location that's difficult to beat, right here in the heart of the Valley in Port Williams. We hope you'll enjoy them"