It’s taken more than three years, but Ucluelet finally has its first craft brewery, and by the looks of it, it appears to have been worth the wait. Ucluelet Brewing Co. opened on Valentine’s Day, much to the relief of thirsty locals, many of whom lined up around the block to get in.
The brewery is housed in the former St. Aidan’s on the Hill church overlooking Ucluelet Harbour and the long wait has been to extensive renovations needed to the 65-year-old building. To say nothing of the beer (which I have yet to try, but hope to rectify that soon), the brewery looks absolutely amazing with high vaulted ceilings, massive timber archways, and a patio that overlooks “downtown” Ucluelet and the harbour.
Ucluelet Brewing’s opening lineup of five beers consists of craft standards heavy on the church puns: South Swell IPA (West Coast-style IPA), Seventh Day Kolsch (kolsch-style lagered ale), Resurrection Red (Irish red ale), St. Aidan’s Porter (English-style porter) and Tragically Wit (Belgian-style witbier).
The brewery also has a full food menu, with snacks, charcuterie, soups and sandwiches, and is open from noon to 10pm daily.
Ucluelet Brewing Co. • 1601 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet • UclueletBrewing.ca • @ucluelet_brewing_co