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Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail

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Did you know that Victoria is considered the cradle of the “craft beer revolution?” BC’s capital city is home to Canada’s first brewpub and some of British Columbia’s most popular breweries.

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Beer has been brewed in Victoria longer than anywhere else in BC, dating back to 1858 when Victoria Brewing was founded by William Steinberger who came north from San Francisco during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. Steinberger quickly realized that rather than panning for gold he would brew liquid gold for thirsty prospectors.

Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers, opened in 1984 and today there are 13 separate breweries operate in the Greater Victoria area, each with its own unique style and approach.

Victoria Ale Trail

One fun activity to do in Victoria is to embark on the Victoria Ale Trail – a self-guided tour of Victoria’s breweries. Created by the BC Ale Trail, the Victoria Ale Trail includes Canoe Brewpub, Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel, Category 12 Brewing, Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery (Twa Dogs Beer), Phillips Brewing & Malting Co, Driftwood Brewery, Vancouver Island Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing Company, Spinnakers Brewpub, and Moon Under Water Brewery – Pub and Distillery.

During a media tour of Victoria last week, Joe Wiebe, one of Canada’s leading beer writers and author of Craft Beer Revolution took us on a brewery crawl along BC’s Ale Trail.

Canoe Brewpub,

Our first stop was Canoe Brewpub, which boasts 10 years of brewing handcrafted beers of distinction and is a recipient of a Canadian Brewing Awards Gold Medal.

Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

Our tasting flight included the Helles Lager, IPA, West Coast and Amber Ale

Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail
Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

450 Swift Street, Victoria BC. www.canoebrewpub.com

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

Phillips has grown from humble origins to become BC’s biggest and most well-known craft brewery.

Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

Our tasting flight included the Blue Buck, Slipstream, Black Magic and Electric Unicorn.

Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail
Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

2010 Government Street, Victoria, BC. www.phillipsbeer.com

The Drake Eatery

At The Drake Eatery, Victoria’s local craft beer is paired with local, organic, fresh and fabulous food served in a casual atmosphere.

Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

Our tasting flight included beers of different origins:

  • Pabo Pilsner, Boneyard (Bend, OR)
  • Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale, Modern Times (San Diego, CA)
  • Violette Golden Sour with Hibiscus and Cranberry, Ile Sauvage (Victoria, BC)
  • Finnegans Irish Stoout, Hoyne (Victoria, BC)
Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail
Things to do in Victoria, BC: Victoria Ale Trail | BC Ale Trail

517 Pandora Ave, Phone: 250-590-9075  www.drakeeatery.com

For more information on the BC Ale Trail, visit www.bcaletrail.ca

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