Alexander Keith's Brewery

#8 in Best Things To Do in Halifax
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1496 Lower Water Street

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith's Brewery is one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. The brewery is named for a Scottish immigrant who devoted his life to brewing his beer. Today, the brewery still runs on Keith's values, creating flavorful ales and generously providing visitors with a relaxed, social experience.

The brewery offers booze-enthusiasts hour-long guided tours of the facility, led by actors decked out in 19th-century garb. Once the tour is over, you're welcome to sample some of Keith's most popular brews, such as the India Pale Ale at the Stag's Head Tavern. Keep in mind that there are non-alcoholic beverages available, too. One TripAdvisor user describes the experience: "We were entertained with song and merriment … and we all felt that it was a great tour and well worth the visit."

Alexander Keith's Brewery sits in downtown Halifax about a block and a half south of the Maritime Museum. Tours are offered every day between June and October, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the rest of the year (times vary depending on the season). The 55-minute tour costs $16 CAD ($16 USD) for adults with discounts for seniors and children. For more information, check out the brewery's website.

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