Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

A sip of Maritime history

  • 1820 first Alexander Keith’s brew
  • 05 beers to sample plus seasonal specials
  • 55 minute immersion into 19th century Halifax life

Join actors in costume and step back in time to experience the history of beer brewing and maritime life in Nova Scotia’s capital of Halifax. Visit Alexander Keith’s Brewery built in 1820 by the legendary brew master who was also the city’s three-time mayor. On a unique interactive theatrical trip back to the city’s 1863 historic waterfront, peek into the Keiths’ home. Then follow the lively period characters into the brewery to learn the principles of turning hops into Canada’s most popular premium beer. Finish up at the Stag's Head Inn, Mr. Keith's private Victorian tavern, and mingle with fellow connoisseurs sampling Alexander Keith's iconic India Pale Ale, citrus infused Premium White, rich Red Amber Ale, and Dark Ale with hints of chocolate and coffee. Then tap your toes to down-home music and play tavern games while your hosts entertain with traditional Maritime songs and stories.

Why you should visit
  • Visit the birthplace of one of Canada’s finest brews.
  • Allow costumed actors to transport you back in time to the 19th century.
  • Learn about the life of Halifax’s legendary brew master and three-time mayor.
  • Sample fine ales and lagers, among Canada’s most popular.
  • Hear talented actors share traditional Maritime songs and stories.
  • Play tavern games with fellow suds connoisseurs.
  • Get a taste of Maritimes life circa 1863.
  • Sample seafood at some of Nova Scotia’s finest eateries.


Visitor information
When to go
  • Brewery tours are offered year-round.
  • The experience is offered daily, though less frequently during winter (November 1 to May 31).
Need to know
  • Guests of all age can take part.
  • Visitors must be 19 years of age to sample beer.
  • If you're planning to drink alcohol, organise a designated driver or try to get around on foot or by bike.
Getting Here