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Victoria & Gulf Islands Breweries

4 Mile Brewing Co.
199 Island Hwy., View Royal

4 Mile’s inventive beer gets admirable distribution, but for the full experience, head to the historic, atmospheric Four Mile House to try them at the source.

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Axe & Barrel Brewing Company
2323 Millstream Rd., Langford

The brewers’ dance that moved Andrew Tessier out to Langford from Swans certainly has paid off. His beer list is as good as his mustache is splendidly curvy.

(250) 474-1989
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Bad Dog Brewing Company
7861 Tugwell Rd., Sooke

Sooke’s third brewery (and B.C.’s fifth with a dog-themed name) is based on a rural property with an on-site store and picnic area for sampling.

(250) 642-3621
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Canoe Brewpub
450 Swift St., Victoria

One of the best craft brewery patios in the province, Canoe’s beer offerings include its four mainstay beers as well as a rotating seasonal and single-batch creations from the Windward Series.

(250) 361-1940
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Category 12 Brewing
2200 Keating Cross Rd., Saanichton

Part art, part science, brewing is the ideal field for science nerds with flights of fancy—like biochemistry and microbiology doctorate Michael Kuzyk, who recently got even more cellar space to fill with his delicious experiments.

(250) 652-9668
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Central Saanich
Driftwood Brewery
102-450 Hillside Ave., Victoria

After several expansions over the years, Driftwood has gotten bigger and more widely available, but they’ve never lost their local flavour and unmistakably West Coast appeal.

(250) 381-2739
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Howl Brewing
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC
V8L 5S9

This small batch nano brewery nestled away on a farm in North Saanich uses 90 per cent homegrown ingredients.

(778) 977-4695
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Hoyne Brewing Company
101-2740 Bridge St., Victoria

The legendary Frank Appleton engineered and built B.C.’s first craft brewery and trained the first generation of B.C. craft brewers, including Sean Hoyne.

(250) 590-5758
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Île Sauvage Brewing Company
2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC
V8T 4T3

This long-awaited brewery is focusing on Belgian-style wild and sour beers, so expect lots of Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and secondary fermentations with fruit.

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Lighthouse Brewing Company
2-836 Devonshire Rd., Esquimalt

A Victoria stalwart and long a beacon for great beer, Lighthouse has been brimming with brewing ideas for more than 20 years.

(250) 383-6500
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Mayne Island Brewing Co.
490 Fernhill Rd., Mayne Island

Only open on weekends, this tiny operation is a destination for beer lovers. Owners Michael and Annette pour their heart and soul into every beer.

(250) 539-5011
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Moon Under Water Brewery & Distillery
350B Bay St., Victoria

The Moon has officially entered a new phase: their on-site distillery has risen. But we’re not counting on this recent development eclipsing Clay Potter’s brews.

(250) 380-0706
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Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
2010 Government St., Victoria

Phillips has never lost sight of its dedication to sustainability, deliciousness and good causes. The latter two combine in its annual benefit brew, which this year honours the B.C. SPCA.

(250) 380-1912
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Salt Spring Island Ales
270 Furness Rd., Salt Spring Island

It’s that time of year for Salt Spring’s annual gruit—their hop-less ancient ale that features wild herbs, allegedly brewed on a full moon.

(250) 653-2383
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Sooke Brewing Company
2057 Otter Point Rd., Sooke

SBC’s founders came from all walks of life— there’s a doctor, a forester, a pilot, a mechanic and a brewer—but were all united by a passion for craft beer.

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Sooke Oceanside Brewery
1-5529 Sooke Rd., Sooke

SOB’s four core beers should now be available across Vancouver Island. At the tasting room, Garritt Lalonde’s brewing up experimental brews for weekly cask nights.

(778) 352-2739
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Spinnakers Brewpub and Guesthouses
308 Catherine St., Victoria

Canada’s original brewpub continues to be one of B.C.’s best places to drink a beer complemented by top-notch food featuring locally sourced ingredients.

(250) 386-2739
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Swans Hotel and Brewpub
506 Pandora Ave., Victoria

Victoria’s venerable hotel-brewery features sweet rooms, an atmospheric pub and a beer lineup that’s always evolving thanks to head brewer Chris Lukie’s small-batch releases.

(250) 361-3310
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Twa Dogs Brewery & Victoria Caledonian Distillery
761 Enterprise Cres., Saanich

Victoria Caledonian has a licenced area inside the brewery where you can enjoy a pint or a dram of whisky and watch the brewers at work.

(778) 928-5040
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Vancouver Island Brewing
2330 Government St., Victoria

VI’s rebrand saw a bold new look for one of the province’s oldest breweries, including a renovated tasting room. Parallel 49’s Danny Seeton also joined the team as production manager and research and design brewer, working alongside longtime brewer Ralf Pittroff.

(250) 361-0007
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