Category: Breweries

from de Vine Vineyard’s website:

John & Cathy Windsor created de Vine Vineyards out of 25 acres of fallow, overgrown, but utterly beautiful land. Family owned and locally operated, de Vine’s goal is to be your local winery. We are active members in our community, and look forward to the opportunity to meet you! On a clear day, you can stand on the Tasting Room Patio and see Mount Baker on the horizon beyond the Saanich Peninsula. In 2007 the Windsors, along with John Thomas (Vineyard Manager), started clearing and planting primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Grüner Veltliner. Quickly, de Vine Vineyards became the island’s largest planting of Grüner Veltliner, a luscious Austrian white used to make our iconic Grü V wine. Since then, de Vine has diversified the vineyard using organic traditions and techniques.

From Symphony Vineyard’s Website:

Our land has been farmed by our family since the late 1950’s, first in strawberries and then 20 acres of loganberries, half of which we supplied to Growers Winery in Saanich (BC’s first commercial winery). We planted our first vines in 2004 and focus on crisp dry aromatic white wines and rosé, and lightly barrel aged fruit forward reds.

From Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery’s website:

We’ve been concocting beers and whisky for a while now but we are now open for visitors.
We are very proud of our Scottish Heritage and we have assembled some of the greatest whisky makers on the planet to produce a number of premium malt, Irish and Pot Still spirits.

You can listen to them here during a recent CBC interview

Of course, it will be a few years before we can start selling our own bottles.
However, we are giving whisky lovers the opportunity to design their own 30l cask, allowing them to choose from five different spirits and ten types of wood.  See the cask page for more details.
In addition we will also be importing “guest” whiskies from Scotland and our master distillers will be creating their own blends so there will be plenty of opportunity to sample or buy whiskies.

From Axe & barrel’s website:

Come for the craft beer – stay for the BBQ inspired food

Touted as Westshore’s first and only craft beer brewery, Axe & Barrel opened in early 2016 and has been cranking out unique specialty beer and delicious smokey-BBQ-inpsired food since it’s opening.

Located at the former site of the famous Loghouse Pub, Axe & Barrel is certain to be a great new venue for everyone visiting the South Island!

From White Sails Brewing’s Website.

Hey, White Sails is a new Craft Brewery and Taproom in Nanaimo.

We’re close to the downtown waterfront, across the street from one of the City’s jewels, Maffeo Sutton Park.

We’re a craft brewery with a fab taproom who used to be an old neighbourhood pub and we’re super excited to be a part of the downtown revitalization.

You’ll recognize White Sails Brewing by the knots. The knots are about tying our craft brewery and our community together.

The Vision

The vision was to create a gathering space where people can relax, meet with friends, celebrate an event or milestone and enjoy fresh craft beers. It will also be a place where everyone feels welcome and where local musicians and artists can participate in jam sessions or open mike nights.

The Sails

White Sails was inspired by the large white masts that anchor our community from the North and South and is also a tribute to Nanaimo’s heritage, environment and community. It reflects the City flag, which includes a ship with billowing white sails that commemorate the settlers of Nanaimo that sailed from England.

The Ambiance

The ambiance combined with great craft beers is what White Sails is all about! The excitement of sailing on the open ocean, the exhilaration when you get going and the peacefulness and relaxed feeling of being so close to nature all symbolize the ambiance in White Sails’ tap house.

The History

The history of the location is really cool too. It’s on the site of the old Newcastle Hotel which was built in the late 1800’s by the owner of one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest breweries at the time – Union Brewing.

From Craig Street Brew Pub’s Website:

Welcome to the Craig Street Brew Pub!

We are a locally owned and operated business and we offer fresh hand-crafted brews, local house-made food and top-notch customer service.

  • We love the environment!
  • We recycle all paper, tin, glass and plastics.
  • We use biodegradable garbage bags.
  • We compost daily.
  • We have reduced our waste by 75,000 kg so far.
  • Our fryer oil is recycled into Biodiesel.
  • We offer a complimentary shuttle on weekends.
  • We offer a variety of celiac-friendly food!
  • Our mash from each brew feeds the local pigs!
  • We sponsor tons of community organizations.
  • We use energy efficient products.
  • We use biodegradable cleaners.
  • We buy from local businesses.
  • We buy with environmental consciousness.

Oh, and one last thing, I’m not sure if you know Liz or not, but we go through an average of 29 HUGS per day!

So please, come in and take a look around, in person or use our 360 virtual tour.


From Longwood Brewery’s Website:

Tasting Room & Growler Bar

As soon as you walk into our tasting room, you will see where the name “Longwood” comes from. Featured are a locally-crafted cedar surfboard from V.Isle Surfcraft and the seriously impressive Zebrawood bar. While giant posters of our amazing designs plaster the walls, the centrepiece is our custom, stainless steel, 6-tap growler bar. We put the GRRRRR in growler! It doesn’t matter if you are a first-timer or one of our regulars, feel free to pull up a stool and sample the Longwood Line Up. Easily accessible, we are located just off the Nanaimo Parkway. Our friendly and amazing staff will impress you with their vast knowledge about Longwood’s recipes and will definitely help you find your perfect beer. We always have a unique beer that is only available on the growler bar. Whether you crave a proper pint can, a bomber, or a growler filled with tank-fresh beer, Longwood Brewery has what you are looking for. This is a place for fun, beer, and a little bit of business.

From Victoria Spirits’ Website:

Our Story

Well-crafted spirits are the essential building blocks of cocktails. At Victoria Distillers, these ‘liquid bar tools’ are made with one, pretty basic goal. We want people everywhere to be able to make great drinks.

We know bartenders are the cocktail experts. They understand that a great drink requires spirits that are singular and distinctive in taste. So we collaborate with incredibly talented mixologists to create both classic and innovative cocktail spirits, using the world’s best-tasting water (found right here on the Canadian west coast), and the best ingredients from around the world.

As one of Canada’s oldest, small-batch spirits companies, we’re influenced by history and driven by innovation. For us, there’s no other way.

From Category 12 Brewing Company’s Website:

There is a fundamental basis of biology and chemistry that guides the fermentation process and enables the creation of consistently great beers.

Category 12’s head brewer and founder, Michael Kuzyk, has been brewing beer for nearly 20 years and has his doctorate in microbiology and biochemistry from UVic. But all work and no play makes… well, you know the rest. After leading the creation of several world-class research labs, he decided it was time to make his own – dedicated to the pursuit of exceptional beer.

The C12 Thesis

Bold beers for strong minds. With Michael’s continual tinkering, you can expect a continually expanding line of seasonal releases, including those that pay homage to our favourite big Belgians and hoppy Northwestern ales.

We make beers that we like to drink, and we’ve learned how to play nicely, we share!

Michael’s obsession with great beer, recipe optimization, and meticulous record keeping practices–honed during his research days–make him a brewer to be reckoned with.

Don’t Worry. I’m a Doctor.

Michael started brewing his own beer in the mid-1990s, during graduate studies. Hundreds of Untappd check-ins later, his passion for brewing finally prevailed and his wife Karen conceded to the inevitable.

In preparation for launching Category 12, they both travelled up and down the West Coast, visiting and talking to the very best brewmasters and building a beer-making syllabus that is sure to cement their uniquely precise place in this exciting industry.

The Future of the Brew

Michael experiments with a 50 L pilot brew bench that allows him to fine tune recipes that scale to our 1,500 L production capacity-and we have more than a few on the books. Our brewhouse is proudly made on the Island, just around the corner from the brewery. Specific Mechanical has made over 350 brewing systems over the last 25 years, and ours is the first one they will be able to walk over and enjoy in person.

But good beer doesn’t do any good if no one knows about it! Enter Jeff Kendrew, our Sales & Marketing Manager who is a Certified Cicerone® and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week. Jeff will be introducing you to Category 12 beers at your local pubs, liquor stores and festivals. Watch for him – but be careful as his passion is contagious!

Welcome to the Ultimate Lab

Category 12 is the complete Northwest craft brewery experience. We look forward to welcoming fellow craft beer aficionados into our “growler testing facility”, where beer always comes first.

To repeatedly produce top quality craft beers that stand out from the crowd – and keep customers returning for more–requires both creativity and intense attention to detail. We’ve got both. Welcome to our lab.

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