Part of a trio of breweries that kicked off the craft beer revolution in BC in 1984, Vancouver Island Brewing is still going strong today.

Island Pacific Brewing was founded in 1984 by small business owners in southern Vancouver Island and serviced the pubs on Vancouver Island with brands such as Goldstream Lager, Hermann’s Dark Lager and Piper’s Pale Ale. Outgrowing their home in central Saanich in the mid-90s, they moved to their current home on Government Street in 1996, accompanied by a name-change to Vancouver Island Brewery. The facility was purpose-built and was the first production brewery in downtown Victoria since Labatt levelled the old Victoria-Phoenix Brewery in 1982. Swing by the modern storefront for tours and a tasting.

Fun Fact

Vancouver Island Brewing has been producing a very special and unique beer called Hermannator for more than 25 years. It is a German-style Eisbock, which uses a freeze-distillation process to produce an alcohol level of 9.5% ABV. The style is one that ages well, so it can be put away (cellared) for several months or even years. Hermannator won Best in Show at the 2013 BC Beer Awards.


Beer Service

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


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

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