Construction of this substantial ironstone and granite complex was started in 1820 by Alexander Keith, a local brewer and well-respected Halifax citizen, who served as mayor in 1843 and again in 1853–54. The building was designed by William Hay, a Scottish architect who, in partnership with David Stirling, also designed the Halifax Club (1862) and the Federal Building, which currently houses the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. (Both these buildings are nearby on Hollis Street but not part of Doors Open 2018.) During the 1980s, the brewery complex was adapted to house both retail shops and meeting spaces and is currently undergoing a re-design to give new vitality to the Brewery Market.
Exclusive to Doors Open weekend, visitors can explore one of North America’s oldest commercial breweries free of charge. This unique tour, hosted by animators in period costume, will take you back in time. These characters will let you discover historic secrets, including the art of the brew master and the pleasures enjoyed while savouring a brew.