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 (following Spinnakers in 1984). The brewery was built by Frank Appleton, one of BC’s craft beer pioneers, who also hired and trained Swans’ first brewer, Sean Hoyne, who now has his own brewery in Victoria. The name Swans comes from the fact that the building was transformed from a beat-up, old feed warehouse into a beautiful hotel — not unlike an ugly duckling growing up to be a graceful swan.
The pub has a beautiful main room with high ceilings, open beams and bricks. 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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