Alexander Keith’s

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Alexander Keith’s Hits 22 States

Alexander Keith’s Brewing, one of the oldest breweries in Canada and North America has made a big United States push.  The brewery was founded by it’s namesake Alexander Keith, a Scottish immigrant in 1820.  In addition to the Keith’s line, the brewery produces Oland Brewery beers, distributed only in eastern Canada.  3 beers head stateside in this American push- Nova Scotia Style Lager, Pale Ale, and Brown Ale.

Full Press Release

Alexander Keith’s Introduces Three New Brews to the United States

Famed Nova Scotia Beer Brand, Alexander Keith’s, Debuts in the U.S.

ST. LOUIS (June 8, 2011) — Alexander Keith’s announces the U.S. launch of three new brews: Nova Scotia Style Lager, Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale.  The beers are now available in 22 states across the U.S.

The three new Alexander Keith’s brews are perfect for the adventure-seeking beer lover:

– With a deep amber color and brewed with noble hops prized for their subtle, spicy character, the Nova Scotia Style Lager has a crisp finish with an assertive, but clean bitterness.

– Brewed with traditional two-row malt for a full, malty flavor, the Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale also includes a fruity, spicy and citrusy hop nose.

– The Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale is a classic full-bodied brown ale with hints of honey and caramel, balanced with a fresh hop aroma provided by the addition of cascade hops.

Though new to the United States, the heritage of Alexander Keith’s traces back nearly two hundred years to its brewery in Nova Scotia, founded in 1820 by Scottish native Alexander Keith.  After completing his brewer’s apprenticeship and emigrating from Scotland to “New Scotland” (Nova Scotia), Keith created what is now one of the oldest beer brands in North America.  The Nova Scotia brewery is still in operation today under the leadership of its brewmaster emeritus Graham Kendall.

The three new beers are brewed in Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Alexander Keith’s will also continue to be brewed in Canada in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Ontario.

“Alexander Keith’s brands continue to be brewed under the guiding principles of our founder and the strong sense of adventure found in the people of Nova Scotia,” said brewmaster emeritus Graham Kendall.  “The brewery and its brewmasters have been certified under our strict certification program, showing our unwavering commitment to our heritage.”

About Alexander Keith’s

Alexander Keith’s brands maintain the quality and heritage first introduced by Alexander Keith himself in 1820.  Only the finest barley malt and select hops are used to brew these fine beers, which in the U.S. include Nova Scotia Style Lager, Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale.

The new Alexander Keith’s brands will be available in the following locations: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MN, ND, NH, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WI and St. Louis (MO & IL).


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Alexander Keith’s Heading Stateside Soon

Alexander need’s to get his passport ready.  Alexander Keith’s Brewing is based in breezy Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I’ve always called their amber lager the Canadian Yuengling.  Actually to that respect, Keith’s has 9 years on Yuengling – founded in 1820.  Alexander is a guy that jumped on a boat from Scotland in the early 1800’s.  By the time he was 25 years old, he was running his brewery in Halifax.  He didn’t stop at brewing, as Keith was the mayor of Halifax 3 times in his life.

More than 180 years later, Alexander Keith’s is travelling again to America.  The brewery looks to be sending  Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Lager, and Brown Ale down to the lower 48 very soon.  A couple of years ago, Anheuser Busch added Keith’s to their import portfolio.  But to my knowledge, not much has actually shipped into the U.S. <DraftMag>