Ahhh…beer. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a city that isn’t jumping on the brewing bandwagon. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is no exception and here, you can find incredible local, craft breweries, stylish tasting rooms and delicious beers made with local ingredients! We’ve rounded up some of the best breweries in Greater Victoria that are all about being accessible, fun and of course, creating delicious beer!
Beer has that magical ability to conjure up images of backyard barbecues, red dixie cups at a game, vague St. Patrick’s Day memories and unwinding on the couch after a long day. It’s both pizza’s and burgers’ loyal companion, second to none when it comes to thirst quenching abilities and so much more. Beer’s importance in our daily life is no accident! It is one of the most popular libations in human history – some of the earliest known writings from ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia refer to the production and distribution of everyone’s favourite sudsy potable!
We’re kicking off our Victoria brewery tour in the beautiful city of Sooke on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. This small stunning city on the edge of the Pacific is a hidden gem for local craftsmanship!
5871-A Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0C7
Sooke Oceanfront Brewery or S.O.B as the cheeky crew call it, is the brainchild of owner Ryan Orr, who was dedicated to bringing his passion for great craft beer to the little city of Sooke. This brewery in Greater Victoria is home to award winning brews and fun staff this is a great place to visit if you’re a fellow enthusiast or happen to be staying close by!
Downtown Victoria Breweries
Downtown Victoria is the epicentre for craft brewing on Vancouver Island and the breweries here are always pushing the envelope. If you’re lucky enough to be staying near downtown Victoria these incredible downtown breweries are a walk away!
2010 Government St, Victoria, BC V8T 4P1
We all need a little whimsy in our lives and when it’s paired with great beer, it’s an all around win. Phillips Brewing is the place to go for those who are young at heart and passionate about beer. From humble beginnings, a few self-styled beer nerds teamed up to create beers that are now craft beer staples all across BC!
2330 Government St, Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
For nearly 40 years, Vancouver Island Brewery has been producing and distributing amazing craft beers on Vancouver Island. This long-standing brewery helped pioneer the craft beer culture on Vancouver Island and is still making waves with their innovation and commitment to the environment!
101-2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC V8T 5C5
There are a lot of amazing breweries but what makes Hoyne Brewing Co. a little different is their commitment to a Values First approach. Hoyne not only makes excellent craft beer (like the popular, malt forward Dark Matter) but they are dedicated to serving their community. Every month, Hoyne showcases an important charity in the community and a portion of all growler sales go to the charity. If you needed a reason to drink delicious beer, now you have one!
2960 Bridge St, Victoria, BC V8T 4T3
If you’re a true connoisseur and looking for something different and exciting, île Sauvage Brewing is the place to go. Specialising in Belgian style wild ale and sour beers–a process that uses wild yeast or bacteria for fermentation and secondary fruit fermentation–this little brewery is turning out some really surprising flavours and delicious libations.
Market Square, Lower Courtyard, #63, 560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
With a tiny brewing operation and a fun and colourful tasting room designed using locally sourced and recycled material, Whistle Buoy is reimagining what breweries can be! With less than 600 square feet of space and brewing in 800L batches, the Whistle Buoy brewers are constantly creating incredible beer using new ingredients and techniques making this brewery a must visit!
350 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8T 1P7
On the edge of the Bay Street Bridge, you can find this lovely little brewery, distillery and eatery! Inspired by European brewing techniques, Moon Under Water is one of the best places to find incredible sour beer, complex pilsners, lagers, pale ales and more! Plus, with an incredible food menu and an inviting taproom, Moon under water is a great place to check out when you’re in Victoria!
506 Herald St, Victoria, BC V8W 1S6
This brewery is one of the newest to grace the Victoria brewing scene and we couldn’t be happier! With a sleek tasting room and a great selection of unique, flavourful beers made by seasoned, passionate brewers, Herald Street brewing is a great place to stop in when you’re exploring Old Victoria and Chinatown!
1601 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 1N6
Swans Pub has been one of the go-to spots in downtown Victoria for a long time–but there’s more to Swans than meets the eye! Tucked in the back of everyone’s favourite brewpub is an incredible brewery that has been creating incredible beer since 1989! If you’re looking for a place to find great food, live music, friendly service and try some incredible local beers, this is the place to go!
836 Devonshire Rd Unit 2, Victoria, BC V9A 4T4
For over 25 years, Lighthouse Brewing has been using their location on the edge of the ocean to inspire the beer they brew. With a diverse range of both core and seasonal beers, Lighthouse consistently creates incredible beer that will knock your socks off! Located in the heritage suburb of Esquimalt, just across the Inner Harbour from Victoria, Lighthouse is a great option for guests staying in the area!
Breweries in Sidney & the Saanich Peninsula
Whether you’re ready to explore more breweries outside of downtown or just want to stop by while you’re out on an adventure these breweries are worth the trip!
836 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 4V1
Driftwood’s story only began in 2008 and today, they are arguably one of the most ubiquitous brands of beer in BC. But don’t let their popularity fool you! They are dedicated to creating stunning suds whether it’s their core beers you can find all year-round like the popular Fat Tug IPA or the ever changing line-up of seasonal brews, Driftwood beer is always refreshing, complex, high quality and of course, delicious.
761 Enterprise Crescent, Victoria, BC V8Z 6P7
For a taste of Scotland right here in BC, you have to visit Twa Dogs Brewery. This unique brewery is actually a part of Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery which produces some incredible Scottish whiskey made by Scots using traditional techniques–you can’t get much more authentic unless you actually go to Scotland! At Twa Dogs, the brewers combine the quality and craftsmanship of Canadian west coast brewing and the rich unfiltered session beers of Scotland to create truly unique, flavourful craft beer.
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 5S9
Up at the top of the beautiful Saanich Peninsula you’ll find the tiny or pico Howl Brewery. This unique little brewery is focused on producing high quality, small batch brews, experimenting with obsolete beer styles, connecting with local farms and passionately educating their visitors about their processes. So whether you are staying in Sidney or if you’re just touring the top of the peninsula for the day, this sweet little brewery is worth stopping for!
In the thriving craft beer scene of Victoria, British Columbia, there’s no shortage of exceptional breweries to explore! Whether you’re savouring a light lager, a rich stout, or something in between, the best breweries in Victoria offer not only great beer but also a sense of community, sustainability, and a reflection of the region’s unique character. If you can’t make it to one of these breweries but still want to try some craft beer from Victoria, simply head to a local liquor store and pick up some local beers to try!