Victoria is very much known for its craft beer and it’s not secret that we have several breweries in our beautiful city. This is great news for anyone who likes to drink some of the amber nectar. We tested all the beers at the following locations and wrote this post three days later as we were very hungover.
One of the best breweries in town (we have several beers on tap by them) and a really fun vibe. Their tasting room has all their beers on tap and also has non-alcoholic options as well as snacks. Retro but modern, their tasting room is like walking into Disney World for adults.
Close to Phillips, you find the Vancouver Island Brewery which also has a lovely tasting room. In our opinion, it’s the perfect place to hang out and sample their craft beers. Additionally, they also host several brewery tours were you learn all about the magic of making beer. Interesting, no?
Moon Under Water Brewery has their own pub where you can not only taste their great beers, but also some beer infused meals. Moreover, they also have several weekly specials with a music bingo every Friday and wing night on Wednesday.
Canoe is one of our favorite brewpubs as they have great live music, really good food on the menu and finally, have a great patio for those warm summer nights. If you want to sit inside, you’ll find two areas to sit. We prefer the bar area on the left, but if you want to have some quality time with your peeps, why not enjoy the good fun on the right? In the end, it’s up to you!
Whistle Buoy has their brewery right in downtown Victoria, on the lower courtyard in Market Square. They have a lovely little patio in front of the brewery where you can hang out and drink some great beers. Furthermore, they also have some events going on in collaboration with other local Victoria businesses such as pop-up food trucks and other things.
Maybe not a brewery itself – the Drake is one of the places that has a lot of beers on tap as well as lots of import beers from all over the world. A very casual environment, the Drake is a great place for relaxing. Just go up to the bar to order and they’ll take care of you.
Across the street from the Drake, you’ll find Swans Brewery and Pub. Although not a secret, many people don’t know about that Swans has a brewery as they might be more well-known as a hotel and pub. Still, their beer is delicious and definitely worth a try. The atmosphere is laid back and you have a great view on the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria.
The Victoria Beer Week – Early March
The Victoria Beer Week showcases 50 BC craft breweries at venues throughout the city. With unique events such as craft beer quizzes, beer walks, beer brunches and craft beer cocktail parties, this is an event for all craft beer lovers. Check out their website for more information and to buy tickets to all these great events.
As you can see, there are a lot of places where you can try the best craft beer in Victoria. Still, in case you don’t want to go out and stay in.. we get that! That’s why we have our own little bar so you don’t have to go far. Come by for a drink or two!