The Wayfarers' Ale Society

 

"Raising my glass and tasting the beer fills me with a sense of friendship and speaks to the timeless joy of good conversation and laughter"
 
- Chris Killacky, Chairman of the Wayfarers' Ale Society

Wayfarers' Ale Society came together in 2012 as a group of craft beer enthusiasts living in Nova Scotia to create and develop our own beers, (both lagers and ales) in contrast to the ever increasing blandness of industrial beers and very hoppy but good craft beers (of course we do make hoppy beers as well). After a lot of experimenting, and tasting, we gravitated towards making really interesting beers, that go well with foods, and we also enjoyed reviving some heritage beer recipes and seasonal beers such as fresh filtered light ales. A point came when so many of our friends liked our beers that the Society decided to also make these available to everyone. We needed more brewing space and so the decision to build a new craft brewery was hatched, one with a focus of designing and making beers we enjoyed ourselves, and also in response to our desire to 'support local' in a very real way here in the Valley.

In fact Canada and Nova Scotia makes superb craft beer and Wayfarers' Ale Society stands proudly in support of developing the craft beer business here in the Annapolis Valley, employing local people and keeping our investment dollars right here at home, using local suppliers and can boast that all of our main equipment was sourced from Canada and the Maritimes.

Why Wayfarer?

The name Wayfarers' Ale is a tribute to an old custom in England where medieval travellers, 'wayfarers' as they were known, would stop at local churches, knock on the door, and be given a small horn of ale and a piece of bread to refresh and help them along their journey. We love this idea, and need this at times, and so we thought we'd honour this tradition, so please ask for the 'dole' if you're on a journey and somewhere along life's path!

 

Located in Port Williams at the Wharf on the Cornwallis River

BEERS

(growler prices include tax)

A SLENDER BLONDE ALE
of German lineage brewed with Pilsner malt and Continental hops. Much too young to be bitter. A really light, refreshing beer for those hot summer days.
ABV 4.2% - IBU 17
Availability: NSLC, PEI Liquor, Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)
A HEARTY IRISH RED
with chocolate overtones and a bold, but not overwhelming, hop profile. Brewed with Maritime Pale and organic specialty malts, and balanced with traditional English hops.
ABV 4.8% - IBU 30
Availability: NSLC, Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)
Our IPA
is brewed with Maritime Pale, Crystal and Organic specialty malts, and flavoured with five different hop varieties added at five different stages during the brewing cycle, making the One-Eyed River Hog a really unique beer with a lot of attitude. The One-Eyed River Hog IPA is named after a creature reputed to live in the tidal waters of the Chijekwtook (Cornwallis) river, on the banks of which the Wayfarers’ brewery is located.
ABV 6.2% - IBU 50
Availability: NSLC, Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $4.19
Refills 0.95L - $9.00 / 1.95L - $14
Growlers 0.95L - $14.00 / 1.95L - $19
Kegs 19.5L - $120 / 50L - $300
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)
A SCOTTISH ALE
(not a Scotch Ale) Malty, brewed with roasted and crystal malts and a low hop profile. Has a beautiful coppery colour with chocolate and toffee flavours
ABV 4.8% - IBU 20.
Availability: Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)
ENGLISH PALE ALE
a traditional pale ale with a touch of bitterness, flavourful enough that you could drink it flat and warm, but we don't serve it that way.
ABV 5.2% - IBU 38
Availability: Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
HELLENE'S OLDER SISTER
for those that prefer their blondes with a little more body. A lusty beer, a little on the sweet side, that doesn't harbour any bitterness.
ABV 4.8% - IBU 20
Availability: Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
SASSY GINGER
An exotic light for those who are looking to spice things up a bit. Named after our very own fiery redhead, no ginger added.
ABV 4.4% - IBU 20
Availability: Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
PRIVATEERS 1882
An easy-drinking blonde ale that recalls Nova Scotia's dark and boisterous seafaring past, with a touch of roasted malt giving a hint of deep chocolate flavour. A combination of English and Continental hops that harks back to an age when the order of the day was 'sink, burn or take her a prize'.
ABV 5.0% - IBU 22
Availability: Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $3.99
Refills 0.95L - $7.00 / 1.95L - $12
Growlers 0.95L - $12.00 / 1.95L - $17
Kegs 19.5L - $100 / 50L - $250
MUDDY BIG STOUT:
A delicious, rich maritime Oatmeal Stout made with locally grown and malted oats. Using malted oats rather than the traditional flaked oats allow a much greater proportion of the grist to be oats, resulting in a exceptionally creamy and smooth brew. A meal in a glass!
ABV 5.7% - IBU 30
Availability: NSLC, Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $4.49
Refills 0.95L - $9.00 / 1.95L - $14
Growlers 0.95L - $14.00 / 1.95L - $19
Kegs 19.5L - $120 / 50L - $300
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)
Hennigar's Heritage Cider:
A refreshing dry cider made with heritage apples from Hennigar’s 100 year old farm. Not back-sweetened, it contains less than 1 gram of sugar per (355 ml) serving.!
ABV 6.5%
Availability: NSLC, Hennigar's Farm Market, Brewery, Farmer's Markets
Prices:
Cans 473 ml - $4.49
Refills 0.95L - $9.00 / 1.95L - $14
Growlers 0.95L - $14.00 / 1.95L - $19
Kegs 19.5L - $120 / 50L - $300
Check NLSC availabilty by store
(select availablity link on page underneath price)

Having a party or special event? Get a party keg!
 
19.5l kegs - $100 plus HST ($100 keg deposit required)
50l kegs - $250 plus HST ($150 keg deposit required)

River Hog, Muddy Big Stout 19.5l kegs - $120 plus HST ($100 keg deposit required)
River Hog, Muddy Big Stout 50l kegs - $300 plus HST ($150 keg deposit required)

kegerator rental $75/week (gov't id and credit card required)

 

Wayfarers' Ale Society Tours

 

Learn about how the Wayfarers' Ale members began their journey as brewers, and get an in-depth explanation on how beer is brewed. Each tour will include a tasting of 4 or 5 of the beers that are offered at the brewery.
 
Ticket holders will leave with a four pack of cans (473 ml) of their choosing.
 
Wayfarer's Ale Society is excited to share their passion of craft beer with you, so come join us in beautiful Port Williams! Located on the banks of the tidal Chijekwtook (Cornwallis) river, our wharf patio is a great place to enjoy some food and have a pint while watching the river fill and empty, which it does twice a day courtesy of the world's highest tides.
 
Currently tours and tastings for the 2020 season can be booked through Groupon, details of which can be found here.

HOURS

 

New Fall Hours
Monday - Friday: 12 noon - 9 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM to 9 PM (full taproom menu available noon onwards)
Sunday: Closed

TAPROOM

Grab a pint and a bite to eat from our selection of Appetizers, Salads, Burgers, Wings, Pizzas and Nachos! After making your selection sit back and relax on our wharf patio overlooking the beautiful Cornwallis River, where you can watch the tide flow in and out twice daily; a Port Williams must see! Find our taproom menu here.

Taproom Taproom Taproom Taproom Taproom Taproom

Contact

 

Wayfarers' Ale Ltd.
1116 Kars St.
P.O. Box 149
Port Williams, NS  B0P 1T0
902-542-7462

Email Wayfarers' Ale Ltd. and the Wayfarers' Ale Society at:

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