If Nova Scotia were to have a patron saint, it would be Saint Alexander Keith. The man immigrated to Halifax from Scotland in 1817, and only three years later at the age of 25 he took over what is now one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America.
In honor of Keith’s 221st birthday tomorrow, all of Halifax will come together and celebrate. Here are nine places in the province where folks’ will be raising a glass to recognize the late great brew master.
1. Alexander Keith’s Brewery // 1475 Hollis Street
The historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery will be kicking off their celebrations tomorrow at 5 p.m., welcoming guests free of charge to celebrate the legendary Alexander Keith's birthday with good food, great beer, open house tours, games, and live music.
2. The Lower Deck // 1887 Upper Water Street
The Lower Deck will be getting things going around 6 p.m., with live music, cold beer, good food and *possibly* cake. Cover is free for those coming from the Brewery, so make sure to get your stamp! Paul Lamb & Ron Hynes will be playing the first floor at 6pm, followed by Signal Hill at 9:30, then DJ Billy G will be playing the second floor Beer Market at 11pm.
3. The Grawood // 6136 University Avenue
Break in Dalhousie’s newly renovated student bar tomorrow night at 9 p.m. with their amazing beer deals honoring the late great Keith. There’s tons of merchandise to be won, and Halifax Pier will be performing – cover is only $5!
4. Rum Runner // 1479 Lower Water Street
The Rum Runner will be celebrating Alexander Keith's Birthday Bash and their customer appreciation tomorrow night on October 7th with a performance from the Juno award winning band, MonkeyJunk! There will also be plenty of Keith’s to sample.
5. The Axe Lounge // 30 Highland Avenue
For those celebrating Keith’s birthday in Wolfville tomorrow night, be sure to swing by The Axe Lounge (get it?) on Highland Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m., and east coast band Merimac will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. 16$ pitchers of Keith’s and Keith’s Red will be served all night long, and plenty of prizes are going to be given away!
6. The Golden X Inn // St. Francis Xavier
St. Franics Xavier’s student bar will be kicking off the birthday celebrations at 5 p.m., with multiple Keith-themed giveaways, $14 pitchers, and live entertainment. Cover is only $5, and Party Boots will be playing!
7. The NSLC
Come and celebrate Alexander Keith's 221st birthday with the NSLC this year. They will be sampling Alexander Keith's IPA and Lunenburg Coffee & Cacao Stout in select stores, and will have cupcakes infused with the Lunenburg Coffee & Cacao Stout! Check their schedule here.
8. Camp Hill Cemetery // 1600 Summer Street
Many people choose to visit Keith’s grave in Halifax and pay their respects on this day in his honor. One of the most famous headstones at the Camp Hill Cemetery, Keith’s grave is a historical Halifax landmark that all those who love his beer should visit.