Enjoy a Sociable Beer

A brewery tour, held in the same brick building on Lower Water Street that Alexander Keith created his famous Indian Pale Ale, is a must for imbibers in Halifax.  Historical re-enactors walk you through the history of the man, the beer, and the city, before depositing you one hour later in an old fashioned tavern where you can enjoy the fruits of your labours.


Length of Trip : Alexander Keiths tours last 55 minutes. How long you choose to spend at the pub afterwards is up to you.

Cost : Adult Ticket $19.95 Senior Ticket $16.95 Youth Ticket (Under 19) $9.95 Family Ticket (2 Adults, 3 Youths) $48.95 Group Rate $16.95 (Min. 15 people) Military Rate $16.95 Student Rate $16.95 Children under 10 are free

Best time to go : Brewery tours run year-round. Every half hour June 1st to October 31st, and every hour November 1st to May 31st.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Learning about beer: Yes Drinking beer: No.

Where to eat : Titanic history, ghosts and delicious seafood at the Five Fisherman Restaurant (don’t worry, ghosts only make food taste better). Other great local restaurants include Brooklyn Warehouse, Chives Canadian Bistro, Wasabi House, The Armview Restaurant and the breakfasts at The Coastal Café.

Official Site : www.keiths.ca For more about great Canadian beer, visit the Great Canadian Beer Blog

Where to Stay : When visiting Halifax, we recommend staying with our partner, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Getting There : Brewery Tours take place at The Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Note from Robin : Having drunk the local beer in over 100 countries, Canadian beer is, by my reckoning, some of the finest beer in the world. Remember to join locals with a “sociable” toast.



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Robin Esrock’s list of Canadian Beers to Drink Before You Die

  1. Yukon Gold, Whitehorse
  2. Quidi Vidi Iceberg, St John’s  (made with 10,000 year old water)
  3. Big Rock Grasshopper, Calgary
  4. Granville Island Maple Cream Ale, Vancouver  (maple and beer, yes please)
  5. Steam Whistle Pilsner Toronto  (do one thing, and do it well)
  6. Gahan Brewery, Prince Edward Island
  7. St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale, Montreal (for the fruitiness)
  8. Alexander Keiths IPA
  9. Pumphouse Brewery, Moncton New Brunswick
  10. Kokanee (for the “looks like mineral water” packaging)
  11. Old Style Pilsner (to feel like a student, and learn how to shotgun)
  12. Blanche de Chambly
To learn more about the wonderful beer available in Canada (including the rise of the of microbreweries), visit Troy Burtch's Great Canadian Beer Blog.




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