Alexander Keith’s Brewery

1496 Lower Water Street

KeithsExclusive to Doors Open, 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 brewmaster and the pleasures enjoyed while savouring a brew, as well as a visit to Mr. Keith’s dining room and study.

This substantial ironstone and granite complex was founded 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 building that currently houses the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

During the 1980s, the brewery complex was adapted to house both retail shops and meeting spaces.