Alexander Keith’ s Brewery

1496 Lower Water Street

KeithsExclusive to Doors Open visitors, explore one of the oldest commercial breweries free of charge. This unique tour will literally take you back in time, hosted by animators in period costume. These characters will allow you to discover historic secrets, including the art of the Brew Master and the pleasures they took part in while enjoying a brew. Plus, visit Mr. Keith’s dining room and study.

This massive ironstone and granite building 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 partnered with David Stirling to design the Halifax Club (1862) and the building that currently houses the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. During the 1980’s, the space was adapted to house both retail shops and meeting spaces.