This small brewery in historic Market Square has a welcoming tasting room and a sun-drenched patio.
Whistle Buoy is located in the lower courtyard of Market Square, beside the bike shop. The public walkway between Johnson St and Pandora Ave is the brewery’s roof. After 9 pm access Market Square via the main entrance on Johnson St. or the parking lot entrance off Pandora Ave.
This brewery located on the bottom level of historic Market Square has a comfortable, lived-in feel. It looks like it’s been in its space for a long time, but in fact it only just opened in the summer of 2019. That’s how well designed its space is, making visitors feel welcome the moment they enter the tasting room, which was inspired by the coastal environment of Vancouver Island and the urban energy of downtown Victoria. And the sun-drenched patio just can’t be beat in the warmer months.
Whistle Buoy’s beers are tasty and diverse — the tap list explores a wide range of flavours, including cutting edge styles as well as classics from the brewers’ canon. Enjoy a flight and take a crowler or two away with you.
The brewery has a basic snacks menu, and welcomes visitors to bring their own food, perhaps from one of the restaurants in Market Square. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
The brewery’s unusual name comes from the diving location where its three founders first decided to open their own brewery. There they liked to go spear fishing for rock cod while free diving (i.e. without scuba equipment). Yup, there’s a reason why some spear guns are mounted on the wall of the tasting room.
Fancy a flight? Here are some sampler suggestions for Whistle Buoy Brewing