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. Swans Brewpub opened in 1989, and several breweries followed, opening every few years. Today, 13 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 four breweries that surround the Upper Harbour. Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry on the Pickle Pub Crawl or join a bicycle tour with the Pedaler. West Coast Brewery Tours also offers van tours and operates a hop-on-hop-off shuttle bus that visits all of the downtown breweries.
Cafe with organic bread and pastries. Focus on local producers, farms and foragers to ensure the freshest and highest quality.
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!
Craft beer goes perfectly with heritage architecture and one of the best patios in the province.
An early craft beer pioneer, Swans continues to anchor Victoria’s downtown beer scene.
What will Victoria’s beer scientist brew up next?
This brewery and distillery on the outskirts of Victoria embraces its Scottish background wholeheartedly.
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.
Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Preserving and sharing the human and natural histories of British Columbia since 1886.
Local food, relaxed atmosphere and fine craft beers, all from the West Coast.
Phillips has grown from humble origins to become BC’s biggest craft brewery.
Consistently on the cutting edge, Driftwood is one of the leaders of BC’s craft beer industry.
Part of a trio of breweries that kicked off the craft beer revolution in BC in 1984, VI Brewing is still going strong today.
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!
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.
Stroll along the breakwater with the magnificent Olympic Mountains in the distance. 850 metre sea walk off of Dallas Road.
Nestled in Victoria’s historic bastion square. One of the oldest English pubs in Canada.
Ahoy matey! Follow the beacon to visit Esquimalt’s own brewery.
Canada’s original brewpub is still leading the craft beer revolution more than 30 years later.
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. 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.
Great Canadian Beer Festival
Western Canada's longest running outdoor beer festival!
The 26th annual Great Canadian Beer Festival is returning to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, B.C. for two days: Friday Sept 7th, 4-9pm and Saturday Sept 8th, 12-5pm.
FEATURING: 65+ breweries and cideries including the BC Ale Trail-er, pouring 220+ beers and ciders, food vendors, circus acts, buskers, and more!
Tickets on sale now! www.gcbf.com/tickets.
Welcome to Victoria, B.C.’s Craft Beer Capital!
Victoria is fast becoming famous for its locally-made beers, ciders, wines and spirits. From Victoria Beer Week to the Great Canadian Beer Festival, the city is host to several annual beer-focused events that showcase, celebrate and educate Victoria’s residents and visitors about craft beers. With thirteen craft breweries right in town and several handfuls of unique restaurants whose menus are built to showcase local beer, it is clear that a dedication to high-quality, locally-made brews is a key component of Victoria’s distinctive culture.
A year-round destination, Victoria boasts the mildest climate in all of Canada with gardens that bloom all year. The wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas follow you wherever you go. With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world’s favourite destinations.