No matter what time of year it is, it is always a great time to visit a cidery, brewery, or distillery in Victoria. Vancouver Island has much to offer in these categories including award winning beverages to quench any thirst. Whether you are looking to go on a brewery hop, or just spend an afternoon at one or two, take a look at the list below for your best options in Victoria:
Vancouver Island Brewery
This brewery has had an interesting history since opening in 1984 including multiple moves and a name change. Today you will find the Vancouver Island Brewery in downtown Victoria where you can visit to see the facilities and taste their craft beers. The brewery has also only had two brewmasters over the years who have both won many awards for their creations.
Hoyne Brewing Co.
Hoyne offers a variety of whimsical beverages that are perfect for different activities and seasons including a honey beer and an espresso stout. This brewery can be enjoyed across BC and Alberta as it is supplied in many liquor store locations, or you can visit their Victoria base and purchase a growler or keg yourself.
Category 12 Brewing
The head brewer at Category 12 has been in the business for almost 20 years, but the interesting thing about him is that he was a scientist before he got into beer. Today he brings his love of science to his brewery, where all his beers and the brewery itself are science themed. Head to the brewery in Victoria for tastings, or find the beer in liquor stores across the Island and Mainland.
Moon Underwater Brewery and Pub
Moon Underwater brewery celebrates European tradition with its German brewhaus and pub menu. An exciting new addition to the brewery is the barrel aged sour program which will produce sour beer that has a fruity and tart flavour. Along with enjoying great beer, check out the daily specials at the pub with a menu specially crafted to highlight their beverages.
Lighthouse Brewing Company Inc.
Lighthouse prides itself on the quality of beer that you can only get from small batches. With its nautical theme, the brewery brings a new twist on craft beer, and its staff are always happy to chat about their products.
Driftwood Brewing Company
Although Driftwood brewery does not offer tours in person, you can take a unique virtual tour on their website. Since they began in 2008, they have had much success with their core and seasonal brews. See for yourself at the brewery where you can pick up a growler or a few bottles to try out.