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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

Growler Delivery

Schoolhouse Brewery Growler Delivery


At the Schoolhouse Brewery we want to get our beer to people in our community. The brewery itself is not open to the public so we are going to bring the beer to you.

The first Thursday of every month our beer truck will do deliveries to the Windsor and Falmouth town areas between 7:00- 8:30pm. Place your order anytime.

Click on the link above

We accept cash, interact and credit cards. We may require ID.


Growler Prices
  • 32oz Growler Bottle Fee $5
  • 32oz Growler Bottle Fill $8
  • 32oz Growler Fee +Fill $13
  • 64oz Growler Bottle Fee $9
  • 64oz Growler Bottle Fill $15
  • 64oz Growler Fee +fill $24
  • Schoolhouse Growler box $25
  • Delivery Free for Windsor and Falmouth residents
  • Keg Prices
  • 20l keg $115
  • 30l keg $165
(*all prices include tax)

Contact Us

Get In Touch

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