Discover Victoria’s Ale Trail
Beer in Victoria has its roots in the early 1840’s. This sense of history still thrives in the city’s many breweries and brewpubs. Every beer is brewed with respect to tradition, but with a modern touch.
Victoria has several micro-breweries from Vancouver Island’s first craft brewery, the multiple award winning Vancouver Island Brewery on Government Street to smaller brewpubs like Canoe Brewpub & Restaurant, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub or Buckerfield’s Brewery at Swans; many of whom only produce less than 15,000 barrels annually.
These craft breweries are considered to be a critical part of the local scene, offering an authentic taste of Victoria. Victoria’s breweries are definitely local with all its breweries within walking distance around the city’s harbours and downtown core.
Take A Brewery Tour
Visitors to Victoria can follow the loosely defined, self-guided Ale Trail and visit one or all of these incredible craft breweries and sample such unique brews as oatmeal stout, cherry blossom ale, ginger-ginseng cream ale and India pale ale. Visitors now also have the option to take organized tours through West Coast Brewery Tours – leave the keys and the knowledge to people who know good local craft beer!