The History of the
The Granite Brewery was founded in 1985, at Ginger's Tavern on Hollis Street in Halifax NS. It was the first brew pub east of the Rocky Mountains. It started after proprietor kevin Keefe completed a pupilage at the Ringwood Brewery in the town of Ringwood in Hampshire UK under Ringwood founder Peter Austin and brewer Alan Pugsly. The goal was to bring English real ales to the Halifax market which has continued to this day.
In 1987, the brewery was moved from Ginger's to The Henry House. Although the location was now different the beer remained unchanged.
The Henry House is a nationally registered Historic sight, the home of William Alexander Henry one of the Fathers of Confederation and reputed to be the author of the British North America Act, Canada's first constitution.
In 1991, we opened the Granite Brewery in Toronto. Owned by Kevin and Ron Keefe and operated by Ron The Granite Toronto has established itself as the premier brew pub in Toronto as well as the longest established.
In 2001, an expansion was necessary in Halifax and the brewing operation moved from the Henry House further down Barrington Street where it opened with the rebirth of Ginger's Tavern upstairs. At that time we decided to drop our brew pub license and become a micro brewery allowing us to sell our beer to other licensees.
Come 2009, when Kevin decided that 34 years in the restaurant and bar industry in Halifax was enough, he moved to the North End on Stairs Street to operate solely as a micro brewery.