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How to Celebrate Alexander Keith’s Birthday in Halifax

September 19, 2011 | | 0 Comments

It's a Celebration!

October 5th is a cause for celebration all over Nova Scotia, but especially in Halifax. Why? It marks the birthday of Mr. Alexander Keith, the province’s most famous brewmaster and beloved local personality.

He’s also been dead since 1873, but his legend lives on in his beers.

In Nova Scotia, one in every three beers sold is an Alexander Keith’s, and Nova Scotians will defend the beer to their deaths. In many bars all over the country, huge clocks are mounted to the walls with a countdown to his birthday. And when that day comes, people come to his grave at Camp Hill Cemetery to leave beer caps, bottles, and other tributes on his headstone.

In true Eastern Canadian style, Halifax busts out one of the biggest annual birthday bashes of anyone in history. Mr. Keith is hands down the most popular dead guy I know. Friends, if you want to party like a Nova Scotian, check out this waterfront bash.

I attended last year’s celebration in Halifax with Cailin O’Neil after we were handed some free tickets, and things were in full swing before sunset. We were greeted by scantily clad ladies wearing green antlers (practically the beer’s signature) and dressed like old-fashioned bar maids, then pushed off to find beers being served on trays. At one end of the celebration, a huge stage was set up to showcase some big bands. To the right of the stage was a huge screen where happy birthday wishes to Alexander Keith were showcased as people text messaged their greetings.

If you prefer things the old-fashioned way, however, you can cover yourself in green paint and leave a message to Mr. Keith on a giant banner at the opposite end of the concert area. There are even bagpipers, a military salute, and one massive fireworks display to wrap things up with. Not convinced Keith’s fans know how to party? Check out the video from last year’s celebration.

So come on out donning your green clothes, grab some antlers, and join the party! You’ll have a thousand new friends by the end of the evening.

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