Alexander Keith's Brewery, Halifax

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Learn about the beer and the man whose name adorns each bottle during a tour of Alexander Keith's Brewery, one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Founded in 1820 by Alexander Keith, a Scottish immigrant who would go on to become town mayor on three occasions, the brewery brews a range of beers, although its most popular remains the original India pale ale. Take a tour of the facility to learn about the history of the man and his beer, guided along your way by actors in period clothing. Take a look at our Halifax sightseeing planning site to schedule your visit to Alexander Keith's Brewery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Over the years I've been to quite some brewery tours, in Holland, Belgium and Germany, but this one tops the list! Alexander Keith's captures you with some light history and quite a few tastes of thei...  more »
  • I have done this tour a few times but it’s varied over the years. It’s a real down easter experience that also goes into the science of the brewing. And the beer is free flowing throughout the tour! R...  more »
  • It's a good place for beer lovers to check on the scottish beers. Especially the beer tasting in the end. Def worth the price  more »
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  • We did the brewery tour while in Halifax. It was an amazing tour. The guides really get into the spirit of things. They give you just the right amount of beer samples and knowledge of the brewery and its history. They end off the tour with some traditional Scottish folk music by a live band and a couple pints! We took our 3 year old son on the tour and were a bit nervous about it but it was family friendly and they offer ice tea and water to kids or non drinkers. They also have a games room for kids to toss some bean bags while parents enjoy their samples. Definitely worth going.
  • We had snow for the first time of the year in Halifax and there is limited parking due to construction. I arrived 10 minutes late for my scheduled tour and despite being able to see my friends as they had not yet entered the brewery, I was rudely turned away and told I missed the tour as it is a working brewery and they have a rule they cannot allow people in late. I was dumbfounded as my friends had not even entered the "working brewery" yet. But I was still not allowed to go in. Absolutely ridiculous rule that does not factor in personal circumstances nor does it make any sense as they had not entered the brewery. Won't be back.
  • I recommend doing the tour it was really fun. They take you through the distillery and explain the history of the beer, you get a generous amount of samples and live music! Only thing i wish would've been included is a souvenir gift such as glass or bottle opener. Other brew tours I've been on have been cheaper and you at least get a glass. But overall definitely loved it the people that work there are super nice and welcoming!
  • We did the tour which was very well run. Staff were knowledgeable and very friendly/energetic. The beer samples and songs were a perfect mix
  • This was without doubt the best brewery tour I've taken, and probably one of the best tours full stop. The guides (who take on the character of a Victorian era brewery employee) are very enthusiastic, entertaining, and good-humoured. The tour itself is pretty comprehensive, though beer fans should be aware that it focuses on the history of the Keith's brewery, rather than the brewing process itself. Finally, the free beer (2 schooners) is served in a replica of an old time pub - which is a nice touch! Well worth the price of admission!

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