Hops Among Friends: Martina Solano Bielen of KPU Brew Lab

This is the latest installment in the Hops Among Friends series, which showcases the people that make up the craft beer scene on the BC Ale Trail. In this edition, Kim Lawton interviews Martina Solano Bielen from KPU. I spoke with Ashley Brooks, the Quality Control Manager at Four Winds Brewing in my most recent … Continued

From Beer to Spirits: 5 Victoria Breweries that Distill

Last year, Victoria author Marianne Scott published The Distilleries of Vancouver Island—a Guided Tour of West Coast Craft and Artisan Spirits. Here she writes about some of those distilleries that are based in breweries in the Greater Victoria area. Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery “Whisky is basically beer—without the hops—and distilled at least … Continued

The 2021 BC Ale Trail Craft Beer Gift Guide

This holiday season, give the gift of craft beer and ale-ventures on the BC Ale Trail. Okay, folks, it’s that time of year, and I’m here to give some gifting inspiration. As always, the best way to shop for your nice list is local all the way — so here is this year’s updated craft … Continued

A Weekend to Remember: Cycling from Victoria to Sooke and Beyond

Greater Victoria is blessed with an amazing network of bike trails. The Galloping Goose Trail extends 45 km to the nearby community of Sooke, home to three breweries, a meadery and a distillery, which makes it an ideal destination on a weekend bike excursion.  Riding out to Sooke from Victoria is a great adventure. I … Continued

Fall Beers: Fresh Hops, Festbiers and Pumpkins — Oh My!

As summer comes to a close, brewers herald the arrival of harvest season with delicious fall beers. Some incorporate unusual ingredients like beets or pumpkins, while others brew traditional harvest-themed European styles like Belgian Saisons and German Oktoberfest-style Märzens or Festbiers. Many breweries work with local farms to add freshly harvested hops into brews — … Continued

Phillips Brewing Celebrates 20 Years

Lift a glass to Phillips Brewing for celebrating 20 years in business! What is a true recipe for success? For Matt Phillips, the answer is a great team, doing what you love, quality product, and creativity. These values are why Phillips Brewing is now in its 20th year of business serving Victoria locals and craft beer … Continued

Seven Local Ways to Enjoy the Long Weekend

With the May long weekend upon us, it’s more important than ever to stay local and support local. Here are some ways to enjoy the long weekend on your local Ale Trail. Once upon a time — and someday again, soon — the long weekend meant planning a little getaway to live it up and … Continued

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