Historic Keith’s Brewery in Halifax Re-Opening This Month as Small Batch Operation


HALIFAX, NSOland Brewery – a division of Labatt/AB-InBev – has announced that upgrades started last autumn at the historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street in downtown Halifax are now complete, and it will be re-opening this month as a small batch production brewery.

Brewing at the renewed facility is being overseen by brewmaster Stefan Gagliardi, and the first beer to come out of the tanks will be Cornerstone Edinburgh Pale Ale, which is described as follows:

Named for the cornerstone laid during the original construction of the Halifax brewery, Cornerstone EPA is symbolic of the brewery’s solid foundation and its inaugural brew for a new era. The new beer is inspired by brewing techniques of two centuries ago in Edinburgh, where Mr. Keith spent time perfecting his brewing craftmanship in the 1800s. Colder temperatures give the beer a sweeter malt profile, and the late addition of English hops round off the beer’s citrus and herbaceous hop aromas.

Cornerstone EPA will be available to sample at the brewery launch party on Thursday June 16th. It will also be available in various formats – including kegs, bottles, and growlers – at the brewery retail store, NSLC outlets, and select licensees in Nova Scotia. Additional seasonal and one-off releases will follow on a ongoing basis.

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