Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries
of Greater Victoria

If you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s the idea of independent breweries, distilleries, wineries or cideries was pretty far-fetched. You somehow thought that only big companies made beer that was drinkable – after all we all had friends who were brewing some nasty concoctions at home!  If you were a beer drinker, you likely enjoyed either Labatt’s Blue or Molson Canadian. Maybe one of your friends drank Red Label or a “premium” beer like Sleemans. We were naive beer drinkers. We didn’t even realize how few choices we had!

Fast forward a few years and we now have independent brewers selling their products in the coolers and on the shelves beside the “big guys”. And they are bravely going wherever their taste buds take them (and taking a good chunk of profits with them!). 

According to Statistica, in 2018 Anheuser-Busch controlled 35.1 percent of the Canadian beer market, Molson Coors Brewing Company controlled 28.1 and “Other” controlled the remaining 36.8 percent. That “other” category is comprised of all the small breweries and microbreweries who are shifting the balance. Once big brand loyal consumers are now jumping ship and lining up to enjoy distinctive, flavourful beers - with some very unique names - made locally in their own communities. 

Here on Vancouver Island, we have an excellent variety of delightful locally produced alcoholic beverages. Our selection of breweries, distilleries and cideries is diverse and many of them are accessible through tasting rooms and tours. Find a listing of Greater Victoria options below:


Are you a Local Craft Beer, Spirit or Cider Enthusiast?

Hoynes, Sheringham, Tod Creek - are one of these your favourite? Do you prefer a different local brewery, distillery or cidery? Tell us more!

Visitors to Must Be Victoria want to know where they can try the best local beers, spirits and ciders. Who has unique flavour profiles and an awesome atmosphere? Help people discover our local gems with your review!


4 Mile Brewing Company

  • 199 Island Hwy, Victoria
  • 250-479-3346
  • Small local brewpub/microbrewery; uses the Peter Austin brick kettle brewing system

Axe and Barrel Brewing Co.

  • 2323 Millstream Rd, Victoria
  • 250-474-1989
  • Made with local ingredients as often as possible
  • Brewery lounge on the West Shore

Canoe Brewpub

  • 450 Swift St, Victoria
  • 250-361-1940
  • Mainstays and seasonal beers
  • Waterview patio

Category 12 Brewing

  • 2200 Keating Cross Rd C, Saanichton
  • 250-652-966
  • Northwest & Belgian inspired ales
  • Tours & tasting room available

Driftwood Brewery

  • 476-336 Hillside Ave, Victoria
  • 250-381-2739
  • Local since 2008
  • Brewery tours unavailable

Hoyne Brewing Company

  • 102-2740 Bridge St, Victoria
  • 250-590-5758
  • Local craft beer since 2011

Ile Sauvage Brewing Co.

  • 2960 Bridge Street, Victoria
  • Belgian-style wild ales and sour beers

Lighthouse Brewing Company

  • 836 Devonshire Rd, Victoria
  • 250-383-6500
  • Locally brewed craft beer since 1998

Merridale Cidery & Distillery 

  • 1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill
  • 250-743-4293
  • Tasting bar
  • Ciders plus small-batch craft spirits, fermented and distilled on site
Thanks to Emma at my local liquor store for helping me choose this seasonal delight!

Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub

  • 350 Bay St, Victoria
  • 250-380-0706
  • Family owned brewery featuring German style brands with a North American flare
  • Barrel-aged sour beer now available

Phillips Brewing & Malting Company

  • 2010 Government St, Victoria
  • 250-380-1912
  • Family friendly tasting room overlooking packaging hall
  • Expanding into a soda company, a distillery and a malting facility

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

  • 2487 Mt St Michael Rd, Saanichton
  • 250-544-4824
  • Farm-based cidery 
  • Tours & tastings available
Emma also recommended this beauty from the Peninsula!

Sheringham Distillery

  • 252 - 6731 W Coast Rd, Sooke
  • 778-528-1313
  • Small batch hand-crafted spirits made with 100% BC agricultural products
  • Tours and tastings available

Sooke Oceanside Brewery

  • 5529 B Sooke Rd, Sooke
  • 778-352-2739
  • Brewery and tasting lounge

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

  • 308 Catherine Street, Victoria
  • 250-386-2739
  • Classic ales and specialty beers brewed since 1984 
  • Raspberries and beer? Find out why local craft beer enthusiast Emma Thomson puts this on the top of her must try list at Spinnakers

Swans Brewery, Pub & Hotel

  • 506 Pandora Ave, Victoria
  • 250-361-3310
  • Since 1989
  • British-style ales and German and Canadian beers

Tod Creek Craft Ciders

  • 273 Prospect Lake Rd, Victoria
  • 250- 882-1061
  • Farm based micro-cidery
  • On-site store and tasting room
  • Call to book a tour

Vancouver Island Brewing

  • 2330 Government St, Victoria
  • 250-361-0007
  • Uses locally-sourced ingredients when possible
  • Brewing since 1984 with just two Brewmasters in that time
  • Tasting room and tours available

Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

  • 761 Enterprise Crescent, Victoria
  • 778-401-0410
  • Scotch style single malt whisky
  • Unfiltered beer that combines sessionable Scottish brews with West coast craft beer 
  • Guided tours, bar and lounge

Victoria Distillers

  •  9891 Seaport Pl, Sidney
  • 250-544-8217
  • Handmade spirits in copper pot stills
  • Tours, tastings and lounge
  • Waterfront distillery

Are you a Local Craft Beer, Spirit or Cider Enthusiast?

Hoynes, Sheringham, Tod Creek - are one of these your favourite? Do you prefer a different local brewery, distillery or cidery? Tell us more!

Visitors to Must Be Victoria want to know where they can try the best local beers, spirits and ciders. Who has unique flavour profiles and an awesome atmosphere? Help people discover our local gems with your review!

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