Tour historic Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery
Canadian men love their beer, and that’s not sexist. Because, while women in Canada enjoy a frosty glass or two as well, men’s preferred taste for the brew is backed by the facts. A Statistics Canada study reported “for men, beer was the alcoholic beverage consumed by the largest proportions and in the greatest quantities.”
And when it comes to beer, there’s nothing more Canadian than Alexander Keith’s Brewery. Founded in 1820 by Scottish immigrant Alexander Keith in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it’s one of North America’s oldest commercial breweries. Just 25 years old when he started what’s known in Nova Scotia as the “birthplace of great beer,” Keith later became a popular three-time mayor of Halifax and his birthday is still celebrated in the city every Oct. 5.
The famous 19th-century brewmaster’s recipes are still followed today. Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale (IPA) remains the company’s biggest seller almost 200 years after the “pride of Nova Scotia” was first introduced. The brewery’s tasting notes describe Keith’s signature IPA as smooth golden ale with a unique flavour that “encompasses subtle notes of black licorice with a slight sweetness and bitter finish.”
But there’s plenty more to taste on a 55-minute historical tour of Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery. Step back in time to see the brewery as it was in 1863. Musicians and students in period costumes complete the interactive theatrical setting of the Stag’s Head Tavern, a lively re-creation of a Victorian taproom. Lift a mug of IPA with friends (beer alternatives are available for minors), sing along to Maritime shanties and discover why Canadians love their home-brewed beer.
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