Victoria

The Cradle of the Craft Beer Revolution

This is the cradle of the "craft beer revolution," home to Canada’s first brewpub and some of British Columbia’s most popular breweries. Visionary trailblazers nurtured craft beer here alongside the local food movement, and today BC’s capital city is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and breweries. Sip, savour, experience and explore everything Victoria has to offer.

Beer has been brewed in Victoria longer than anywhere else in British Columbia, dating back to 1858 when Victoria Brewing was founded by a German man who came north from San Francisco during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. William Steinberger quickly realized that rather than panning for gold he would brew liquid gold for the thirsty hordes of prospectors.

Apart from the Prohibition years (1916-1920) brewing was a constant in Victoria until 1982 when the city’s single remaining Labatt plant was demolished. But the city was “dry” for just a couple of years until Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers, opened in 1984 and several breweries followed, opening every few years. Today, more than a dozen separate breweries operate in the Greater Victoria area, each with its own unique style and approach, along with several excellent tap houses and numerous restaurants that offer strong beer menus.

Stroll the Beer Mile, a ring of four brewpubs and six breweries that surround the Upper Harbour. Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry or the Pickle Pub Crawl or join a bicycle tour with the Pedaler. West Coast Brewery Tours also offers bus tours to help you explore this dynamic beer community.

 

Know Before You Go 

Before visiting, we recommend that you check directly with the businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information. Some businesses are seasonal, and some may have experienced closures due to COVID-19.

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Day 1

Travel Info

Ferry from Vancouver (Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay)
Drive from Nanaimo

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Fol Epi/Agrius
732 Yates Street, Victoria, BC

Cafe with organic bread and pastries. Focus on local producers, farms and foragers to ensure the freshest and highest quality.

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The Pedaler
321 Belleville St, Victoria, BC

Enjoy the Hoppy Hour Ride – a 3 hour tour including craft beer tastings at 3 different locations, a snack, and a chocolate truffle beer pairing!

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1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC

A tiny brewery with an ultra-local focus and a love of history. This is definitely one of the smallest breweries you will ever visit! Situated next to the Fickle Fig Market just north of the Victoria International Airport.

brewery
2200 Unit C Keating Cross Rd, Victoria, BC

What will Victoria’s beer scientist brew up next?

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761 Enterprise Crescent, Victoria, BC

This brewery and distillery on the outskirts of Victoria embraces its Scottish background wholeheartedly.

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450 Swift St, Victoria, BC

Craft beer goes perfectly with heritage architecture and one of the best patios in the province.

liquor-store
#3 -435 Simcoe Street, Victoria, BC

With over 500 BC Brews, we are your one-stop BC beer stop!

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The Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

A stunning Victorian landmark that dates back to the historic gold rush era of the region. Beautifully renovated with some of the most unique activities in the city!

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Soak in the beauty of the Saanich Peninsula as you explore and discover all that it has to offer. With several wineries, cideries and distilleries in the region, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local farmers and brew masters, an experience that every beer lover is sure to enjoy.

Day 2

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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC

Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Preserving and sharing the human and natural histories of British Columbia since 1886.

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The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC

Local food, relaxed atmosphere and fine craft beers, all from the West Coast.

tap-house
832 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Tap Room specializing in beer, cider, spirits, and wine from Vancouver Island and southern BC.

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2010 Government St, Victoria, BC

Phillips has grown from humble origins to become BC’s biggest craft brewery.

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836 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC

Consistently on the cutting edge, Driftwood is one of the leaders of BC’s craft beer industry.

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2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC

Hoyne’s beers are always excellent examples of their styles, brewed with high quality ingredients, including malts sourced from traditional regions to reflect the type of beer, such as the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic.

liquor-store
2670 Fifth St, Victoria, BC

We are a full-service group of Vancouver Island-based liquor stores.
We are dedicated to delivering outstanding service, a surprising product range with a focus on local, organic and hard-to-find products from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, all at everyday best value pricing.

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2330 Government St, Victoria, BC

Part of a trio of breweries that kicked off the craft beer revolution in BC in 1984, VIB is still going strong today.

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1609 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Vessel is a locally owned and operated liquor store, supporting authentic wine, spirits and ales, as well as the people who make them. We offer a complete selection of quality products and strive to provide outstanding service and value to our customers.

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Find out what events are happening around town!

Victoria is a hub of activity 365 days of the year. The summer months bring Great Canadian Beer Festival, Rifflandia and Phillips Backyard Weekender while the winter months offer up a plethora of events all across the city!

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Make a lunch stop at Wheelies Motorcycle Café where you’ll enjoy fresh, artisan bistro fare alongside a fresh pint of local craft beer from Hoyne Brewing (which is also just down the road next to Driftwood). You can also opt to take in some of Victoria’s finest boutique shopping; we recommend a stop at Baggins Shoes and Russell Books.

Day 3

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The Breakwater

Stroll along the breakwater with the magnificent Olympic Mountains in the distance. 850 metre sea walk off of Dallas Road.

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Garrick's Head
66 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC

Nestled in Victoria’s historic Bastion Square. One of the oldest English pubs in Canada.

liquor-store
130-176 Wilson Street, Victoria, BC
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836 Devonshire Rd, Victoria, BC

Ahoy matey! Follow the beacon to visit Esquimalt’s own brewery.

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2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC

Another great brewery to check out which focuses on sours, saisons and hazy IPAs.

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Unit 63 - 560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC

This small brewery in historic Market Square has a welcoming tasting room and a sun-drenched patio.

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308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC

Canada’s original brewpub is still leading the craft beer revolution more than 30 years later.

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A visit to the Victoria Public Market is always a good idea, whether you’re in need of lunch on the go (may we suggest a sandwich from Roast) or you’re looking to pick up some local produce for dinner. Historic Market Square is also home to a variety of local shops. Make your way to the Inner Harbour and spend some time at the Bateman Centre, which celebrates one of Canada’s finest wildlife artists. Afterward, grab a pint and a bite to eat with a view at the Breakwater Café and Bistro. It’s located at Ogden Point and often has live music in the evenings.

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Fol Epi/Agrius
732 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
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The Pedaler
321 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
brewery
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC
brewery
2200 Unit C Keating Cross Rd, Victoria, BC
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The Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
activity
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
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The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC
tap-house
832 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
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2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC
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Garrick's Head
66 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC
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2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC
brewery
Unit 63 - 560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC
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308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC
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