12 Brewing

EST. 2014 | Victoria

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.


Beer Service

  • Growler Fills
  • Retail
    Cans and/or bottles available for purchase
  • Samples & Flights
    4oz samples available


  • Family Friendly
    you can bring the kids
  • Has Tours
    offers guided tours of their facility

What Else?

  • Barrels
    Barrel-aged beer production
  • Merchandise
    shirts, hats available for sale
  • Sour Beer Production
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. The first release in the summer of 2016 was a Belgian Golden Strong Ale (10.6% ABV) aged in red wine barrels. For its second release, C12 planned on releasing its Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale (9.6% ABV) after aging it in whiskey barrels.

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