• The Beer With Class

About Us

Our Mission


"The Schoolhouse Brewery is committed to crafting uncompromising quality beers in an environmentally responsible way."

The Schoolhouse Brewery follows the straightforward values set in its mission statement. The mission statement influences all brewery decisions from choosing ingredients, brewing methods, hiring procedures, packaging and distribution methods. People can feel good about drinking good beer, that's good.


Our Beers

Schoolhouse Brewery Beers

All Schoolhouse Brewery beers are crafted with Maritime Barley and organic speciality malts.

Principal Ale

The Principal Ale is an “aromatic” pale ale. This beer is dry hopped to emphasize the hop aroma and minimize hop bitterness. Like all Schoolhouse beers it is unfiltered, and made with Maritime barley and organic specialty malts. This beer has a citrusy aroma, making it an excellent paring with seafood, spicy food, pasta dishes and anything summery.

20 IBU   |   4.5% ABV   |   15 SRM

Chequers Ale

The Chequers Ale is a robust porter made with Goldings hops. This Robust Porter is a tribute to Cameron's Great Grandfather's brewpub in Kent England with the same name. This beer goes well with grilled foods such as steak or a hearty soup/stew.

15 IBU   |   4.5% ABV   |   30 SRM

Locally Hopped Series

This year the local hop series will be a series of beer styles all made with Maritime malt and locally grown whole hops. Availability will be very limited so stay tuned to our Facebook for their release dates.

Schoolhouse Brewery Story

How We Got Started

1860, and the fertile land of Upper Falmouth brought forth not only apples and corn, but also the need for a school. The thriving community on both sides of Sangster Bridge was bustling, and in the spirit of community that still abides there today, a local farmer donated a small parcel of land on the corner of Castle Frederick Road, to be used for a school for the local children.

For nearly eighty years that school remained in its original condition, until in 1944, when the growing community simply needed more space in its school. At that point in time, community members changed the school from a one room to a two room schoolhouse, not by adding a piece at one end, but rather by pulling the building apart from the middle, and adding a section in between the two existing ends. The seams in the floor are visible to this day.

With two classrooms now, one for grades primary through four, and one for grade five through eight, a single teacher was responsible for the success of many children. Eventually, the flourishing community outgrew its beloved schoolhouse, and Windsor Forks Elementary School was built just a short bicycle ride away, replacing Falmouth School #9. It was later used as a meeting place for several organizations, including 4H, the Anglican church it neighbored, and as a community hall. It was permanently closed as a public building in the 1980s, more than a hundred years after it was built.

Time passed, and the old school sat with a crumbling foundation and an antiquated electrical system. The community decided that it was time to sell the three-quarter acre lot along with the dilapidated building. Enter Cameron Hartley, a young man fresh our of paramedic school, who wanted to call the Valley his home. As chance would have it, he spotted an advertisement in a real estate flyer for the property in

Upper Falmouth. Interested in a fixer upper he visited the land, and although it was much more of a fixer upper than he had in mind, he still put an offer on the land. It was accepted. Falmouth School #9 would have a new owner.

The restoration of the schoolhouse, done largely by Cameron himself, became something of a local attraction. Most neighbors assumed any buyer would simply knock down the school and build from scratch. Students of the school, now grown, did not expect to have the initials they carved in their school wall be a conversation starter in someones future living room. After two years of long hours working at the new Halifax Infirmary, and then coming home to work even longer hours on the house, things were finally coming together. Unfortunately, hard work alone cannot build a house, and Camerons personal debt mounted. In financial difficulty, Cameron made the decision to rent out the house in its current state, and move to Japan to teach English.

Four years later, the paramedic-now English teacher-always beer lover, returned home to his schoolhouse with money in the bank. With the lion's share of the house renovation behind him, Cameron had time to spend on hobbies, one of which was all-grain brewing. He spent time working on house projects, going back to Acadia to get his Education degree, and brewing beer.

Cameron's interest in brewing was accentuated after inheriting some brewing equipment from a friend. This love may have come to him naturally; his mother's grandfather owned and operated a brewpub in Lamberherst, England in the late 1800s, called the Chequers Inn. Cameron, a perpetual builder, now spends his time building and designing new and more efficient ways to brew beer. A true lover of beer, he spends equal amounts of time tweaking recipes and ingredients as he does tinkering with hoses and dials. Building a brewery that honours the spirit of community and that respects the land from whence it grew is an important part of the Schoolhouse Brewery's philosophy.

Cameron now resides in his old schoolhouse with his wife and daughter. He and his wife are both, ironically, teachers. They can sit in their living room and read the carved initials of students who once sat in desks where their sofa is, and they can still see the burn mark of the pot-bellied stove keeping the kids fingers warm on winter days. And while there are no longer any desks or chalkboards or rulers at the Falmouth School #9, you will certainly find the old school bell ringing at the Schoolhouse Brewery.

Where To Find

Find Schoolhouse Brewery Beer

The Schoolhouse brewery location is not open to the public but you can find its handcrafted ales on tap at the following local establishments:

The Spitfire Pub, Windsor, NS, www.spitfirearms.com
CoCoaPesto, Windsor, NS, www.facebook.com
The Library Pub, Wolfville, NS, www.thelibrarypub.ca
The Kings Arms Pub, Kentville, NS, kingsarmspub.ca
LeCaveau Restaurant, Grand Pre, N.S.  grandprewines.ns.ca

Growlers of Schoolhouse brewery beer are available at:
Wolfville Farmers Market, first Saturday of every month.
Schoolhouse Brewery delivery service, (serving Windsor and Falmouth) first Thursday of every Month.

Click “growler delivery” for details

Schoolhouse Brewery


About Schoolhouse Brewery

Started in 2013 in the basement of Falmouth School #9, Schoolhouse Brewery has moved its classroom to downtown Windsor. The recent expansion, capped by the upcoming ‘Schoolhouse Brewery Graduation’, provides space for the new tap room & patio, retail shop and small kitchen in addition to the expanded 10bbl brewery.

Schoolhouse Brewery is committed to quality beers in an environmentally responsible way. That's important to us. Our mission statement influences all brewery decisions from choosing ingredients, brewing methods, hiring procedures, packaging and distribution methods. On top of enjoying your beer, we think that you should also be able to feel good about the beer that you drink.

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The Fine Print

The job will be focused largely on the promotion, marketing and branding aspects of brewing beer. There are however, opportunities in all aspects of the craft brewing scene.

  • Must be a student
  • Proficient at both photography and videography (Demonstrated through portfolio)
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Suite design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) or open source equivalents.
  • Must be proficient at video editing (Open Source or Proprietary)
  • Ideal candidate is willing to learn, quick thinking, industrious, creative and passionate about local.

Additional Assets

  • In-depth knowledge of puns
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Prior marketing experience
  • Prior event coordination experience
  • Sketching & drawing skills
  • The Job

    Schoolhouse Brewery is looking for a student with talents in photography and videography. From ideation through to editing, we're looking for someone who feels comfortable in bringing to life scenes which demonstrate the Beer with Class. We’ll not stop at creative design, but do our best to immerse you in all aspects of microbrewery operations. This may include bar serving shifts, retail shifts, packaging lines, representing Schoolhouse at various festivals and events around NS, social media planning, new product development and more.

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the fine print below. Please email info@schoolhousebrewery.ca with a cover letter, resume and portfolio. Position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 21st.

    Contact Us

    Get In Touch

    email: cam@schoolhousebrewery.ca
    phone: 902 790-2364