What will Victoria’s beer scientist brew up next?

After graduating from the University of Victoria with a PhD in microbiology and biochemistry, Michael Kuzyk spent 20 years working in laboratories, all the while honing his brewing skills at home. His wife Karen, who stayed home to raise their two sons, admits she was more of a wine lover — until Michael started brewing Belgian-style beers, which definitely caught her tastebuds’ attention. Open since 2014, C12 thoroughly embraces Kuzyk’s scientific pedigree with its “mystery science” marketing, and definitely caters to Karen’s love of Belgian beers while also producing cutting-edge West Coast styles, too.

More recently, the brewery has expanded its tasting room considerably,  and added a kitchen that prepares a tasty range of delicious dishes to go along with the excellent beers.

Fun Fact

Category 12 used the Indiegogo fundraising platform to successfully raise over $15,000 to support its Barrelholder program. The money was used to purchase barrels and associated equipment so that the brewery could initiate a barrel-aging program. Since then, C12 has released several different beers that have become even more delicious after spending time in wood.


Beer Service

  • Barrels
    Barrel-aged beer production
  • Full Draught Service
    Draught Beer By the Glass
  • Growler Fills
  • Keg Sales/Rentals
    Keg Rentals and Sales
  • Retail
    Cans and/or bottles available for purchase
  • Samples & Flights Only
  • Single-Batch/Pilot Brews
  • Sour Beer Production
  • Vegan-Friendly Beer


  • Family Friendly
    you can bring the kids
  • Has Tours
    offers guided tours of their facility
  • Merchandise
    shirts, hats available for sale

Food Service

  • Take-Out
    Check with brewery for more details
  • Tasting Room Kitchen
    Small menu offering fresh food prepared on site


  • Online Shopping - Gift Cards
  • Online Shopping - Merchandise

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