Even bad dogs deserve good treats.
Founded by John and Rosie Lyle who built this brewery on their rural property north of “downtown” Sooke, Bad Dog Brewing offers a range of beer styles in a beautiful setting. The brewery’s playful name is reflected in its colourful, cartoony branding, and with dog-themed beer names like Tire Biter, Dizzy Dogs and Old Red. The brewery has a small tasting room, but the best way to enjoy their beers on site is to sit in the comfortable picnic area.
Bad Dog is a popular spot with locals dropping in to fill a growler or pick up packaged beer to go. It’s also a fun stop for tourists enjoying a west coast escape in Sooke. Cyclists will enjoy it as a reward after a steady climb up the town centre—at least it’s mostly downhill from there.
Bad Dog occasionally brews a very special and unique beer called Octodog Apocalypse. This deep, dark stout is made with squid ink, imparting it with an abyssal blackness, as well as a lovely briny note, not unlike a traditional oyster stout. As heavy as that sounds. Octodog Apocalypse is actually quite light-bodied and quaffable.