An early craft beer pioneer, Swans continues to anchor Victoria’s downtown beer scene.
When Michael Williams opened Swans in 1989, it became the second brewpub to open in Victoria. The brewery was custom designed and built by Frank Appleton, one of BC’s craft beer pioneers. The name Swans comes from the fact that the building was transformed from a beat-up, old feed warehouse into a beautiful hotel — like the ugly “duckling” growing up to be a graceful swan.
The newly renovated pub (2019) features a beautiful main room with high ceilings, open beams and bricks, and a draught system that serves 48 brews, 20 of which are brewed on-site. The large, comfortable hotel suites upstairs all feature original artwork from Michael Williams’ personal art collection. With its location right next to Chinatown across from historic Market Square, Swans is an ideal base for checking out the Victoria Ale Trail.
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