Happy Birthday Alexander Keith

Comments 56 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Next week the beer-drinking nation in Canada will be celebrating the 215th birthday of Alexander Keith. The original Keith’s brewery was established in 1820 and is still producing beer from lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alexander Keith's prize packTo mark the occasion, there is a celebration tour around Vancouver October 5th that will start at 5:00pm at the Atlantic Trap & Gill. Participants are asked to come decked out in traditional Celtic gear and they’ll be joined by the Keith’s Girls, bag pipers, and plenty of samples.

The tour will move on to Ceili’s as well as the Lamplighter in Gastown and at each location there is a chance to win a trip for two to Halifax for Alexander Keith’s Birthday in 2011. Registration for the tour is on-site on October 5th starting at 5:00pm so you’ll want to arrive early to take part.

I have a quick giveaway that includes four t-shirts, custom Keith’s mugs, an ice bucket, foam antler and a kilt to help you pay tribute to Alexander Keith. My winner will also get two tickets for the celebration tour.

If you would like to enter to win this prize pack, please leave a comment on this post answering any one of the following questions:

  • In what year was Alexander Keith Born?
  • How many different kinds of Alexander Keith’s Beer are there currently?
  • Who is Alexander Keith’s current Brew Master Emeritus?
  • What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?
  • In what year did Alexander Keith take ownership of the Nova Scotia Brewery?
  • You must be 19 years of age or older to enter and I will draw one winner at 12:00pm Monday October 4th.

    Update The winner is Tina — have fun on the tour!
    Transportation for the tour is provided. Please plan a safe ride home from the event and enjoy responsibly.

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    1. MattFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:15pm PDT

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born?

      1795

    2. ColleenFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:16pm PDT

      Veritas Vincit is Latin for “truth conquers all things”

    3. DianeFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:16pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795

    4. SeanFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:17pm PDT

      Who is Alexander Keith’s current Brew Master Emeritus?

      Graham Kendall

    5. HardevFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:23pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795

    6. ShannonFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:27pm PDT

      He was born 5 October 1795

    7. Ian yeungFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:28pm PDT

      The great Keith was born in 1795!

    8. MaseyFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:28pm PDT

      There’s currently five (5) delicious Alexander Keith’s brews right now. 😉

    9. RyanFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:31pm PDT

      How many different kinds? 5 – IPA, Premium White, Red Amber Ale, Dark Ale, Light Ale

    10. BonnieFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:33pm PDT

      Alexander Keith Born was born October 5, 1795.

    11. CarlosFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:42pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795!

    12. LanaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 12:58pm PDT

      Veritas Vincit; Latin, Truth Conquers: The motto of the Clan Keith and incidentally the motto town of Peterhead – a stronghold of the Keith family prior to the Jacobite uprising of 1715.

      According to http://www.picti.co.uk/clans.htm

    13. adellFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:09pm PDT

      Alexander Keith’s current Brew Master Emeritus is Graham Kendall.

      Graham describes himself as a Maritimer through and through. Also he earned his Masters in Brewing from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland!

    14. JamesFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:24pm PDT

      Hey, I could use another kilt! Alexander Keith was born in 1795.

    15. JeremyFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:26pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795 🙂

    16. JenFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:28pm PDT

      By 1820 he was running his own brewery!

    17. AretaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:35pm PDT

      What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?

      Truth conquers

    18. ChrisFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 1:58pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was borned in 1795

    19. KareyFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 3:04pm PDT

      Alexander Keith born October 5, 1795

    20. MeganFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 3:23pm PDT

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born?

      1795!

    21. tinaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 3:27pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795

      (that’s older than canada!)

    22. Teresa KFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 4:20pm PDT

      born in 1795

    23. Andrew MFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 4:52pm PDT

      “Uncle” Alex was born in 1975!

    24. LisaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 5:44pm PDT

      He was born in 1795.

    25. VeronicaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 5:48pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in Halkirk, Caithness, Highland, Scotland on October 5, 1795.

      After emigrating to Canada, he founded the Alexander Keith brewing company (among other things).

      Happy Birthday!

    26. lizFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 6:07pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795.Hey dude there is only 1 day and 171 years difference between us.Rock on!

    27. mariaFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 6:08pm PDT

      He was born in 1795!

    28. EdFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 6:48pm PDT

      He was born in 1795

    29. AnneFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 7:54pm PDT

      The motto veritas vincit translates to truth conquers.

    30. Dragan DjogovichFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 8:16pm PDT

      Truth Conquers is the answer for What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?

    31. dragana dogovicFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 8:16pm PDT

      Truth Conquers is the answer for What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?

    32. EmmanuelFriday, October 1st, 2010 — 10:11pm PDT

      Veritas vincit means Truth Conquers and the truth is that Keith’s is the best Canadian beer (coming from a Belgian beer lover :-))

    33. PaulCSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 3:08am PDT

      Oh my… It never dawned on me that Alexander Keith would be of the Scottish Keith clan. The Gunn side of my family had a 500 year feud with the Keiths! (True story) And here I am in a band that pretty much drinks Keith’s exclusively… Oops.

      Veritas vincit – Truth conquers

    34. JulieSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 9:17am PDT

      Veritas vincit – Truth conquers

      Being an East Coaster living on the West Coast, a taste of home would be mightily welcomed!

    35. alexSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 9:24am PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795!

    36. JamesSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 11:44am PDT

      What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?

      Truth conquers

      For the record, Keith’s go with everything.

    37. Kevin WongSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 2:42pm PDT

      born in 1975

    38. K8ieSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 4:22pm PDT

      Veritas Vincit = truth conquers. The been from back home. 🙂

    39. K8ieSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 4:23pm PDT

      ^ of course I meant beer not been above. Whoops.

    40. XingSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 — 8:59pm PDT

      Veritas Vincit means “truth conquers.”

    41. VanessaSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 1:25am PDT

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born? Seventeen Ninety-Five

    42. rubySunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 10:22am PDT

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born?
      Ans: 1795

    43. Lauren SmithSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 3:10pm PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795!

      There are five different Keith’s brews – IPA (the original), Premium White, Red Amber Ale, Dark Ale and Light Ale

      Veritas vincit means Truth conquers

      The Brew Master Emeritus is Graham Kendall

      And he started making the IPA in 1820, when he established the brewery in Nova Scotia!

      🙂

    44. KatieSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 7:18pm PDT

      He was born October 5 1795

    45. JeffSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 10:09pm PDT

      How about answering all five?

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born?
      1975
      How many different kinds of Alexander Keith’s Beer are there currently?
      Five
      Who is Alexander Keith’s current Brew Master Emeritus?
      Graham Kendall
      What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?
      Truth conquers
      In what year did Alexander Keith take ownership of the Nova Scotia Brewery?
      1820

    46. LisaSunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 11:35pm PDT

      VERITAS VINCIT = Truth Conquers

      Cheers!

    47. TriciaMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 12:29am PDT

      He was born on October 5, 1795!

    48. AvandiMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 12:30am PDT

      Alexander Keith – Born 1795!

    49. LindsayMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 5:45am PDT

      October 5/1795!

    50. RyanMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 9:42am PDT

      1795, a truly memorable year for any Beer lover!

    51. HollyMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:02am PDT

      1795 was the year!!!

    52. Richard WMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:20am PDT

      The dude was born on Oct 5th 1795!

    53. LyndseyMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 10:33am PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795…. and his birthday just so happens to be 2 days before mine =)

      I would welcome a piece of home, being that I am a Maritimer living on the West Coast. I’ve been to the Keith’s Brewery a couple of times, but never got to participate in any Birthday celebrations…yet, so this would be fun1

    54. VivianMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 11:21am PDT

      Alexander Keith was born in 1795

    55. MichelleMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 11:34am PDT

      In what year was Alexander Keith Born?
      1795! 😀

    56. CameronMonday, October 4th, 2010 — 1:29pm PDT

      Born in 1795. I visited the Brewery in Halifax a few years ago. They have a good tour setup, and at the end you go down to their cellar and have a frosty one.

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