Last November, we teamed up with Destination Greater Victoria to host some beer writers for a weekend visit in conjunction with Winterbrau, an annual event put on by the Canoe Brewpub. One of those writers, Chris from Vanpours, has written a blog about his experiences visiting BC’s “craft beer capital.” Here’s a preview with a link to his full blog.

Some tasty seasonal beers at Phillips Brewing in Victoria, BC

During these trying times we all have to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. For now, that means enjoying your favourite BC beers at home. With that being said, I’m eagerly awaiting breweries to open so I can enjoy a flight with friends, once it’s safe to do so. Since we’re a ways from that being a reality, I’ve found myself reminiscing about the memorable moments from 2019, before social distancing became a thing.

Back in November of last year I was very fortunate to be invited by the BC Ale Trail and Destination Greater Victoria for a full weekend of exploring the craft beer scene in BC’s capital. If you haven’t heard of the BC Ale Trail before, it’s a BC Craft Brewers Guild initiative that provides thoughtful itineraries for self-guided tours of craft beer destinations across the province. These tours feature curated recommendations for breweries, restaurants, cafes, hiking trails, and more to explore at your own leisure. Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, the BC Ale Trail is a great place to help plan your next beer trip.

Beer labels ready for bottles at Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel in Victoria, BC

Funny enough, before this trip I had only visited Victoria twice in my lifetime; once being when I was a teenager, so I had barely scratched the surface of the city’s craft beer culture.

Joining me on this jaunt to the island was a small group of fellow beer nerds, including Tim (@crafttourist), Ryan (@alesessions), and Ben (@whereandback). Eating and drinking my way around Victoria was going to be a ton of fun with this crew.

A taster at Canoe Brewpub in Victoria, BC

To read more about Vanpours’ epic weekend in Victoria featuring visits to the Canoe Brewpub, Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel, Phillips Brewing & Malting, Driftwood Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing, the Moon Under Water Brewpub, Spinnakers Brewpub, Whistle Buoy Brewing, and Île Sauvage Brewing,  check out the full blog here.


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