Locals celebrate at the launch of the revamped Vancouver Island Brewery.

A New Style for Vancouver Island Brewing

A new look and a few new beers for fans of Vancouver Island Brewery

  • Mar. 3, 2017 6:00 a.m.

March 1st not only signalled the start of a new month, but a new beginning for one of the oldest craft breweries on the west coast. Vancouver Island Brewing has relaunched, with a new selection of beers, a new look and a new experience for those who swing by the brewery.

To celebrate their rebirth, they held a fantastic party at the recently renovated brewery, with around 600 people attending to try the new selection of beers, a variety of food made with those beers, and to get a feel for the new energy from the staff and management of a local cornerstone of the industry.

Put on by 17 Black Events, guests were treated to music by local music guru and DJ Mike Devlin and a fantastic selection of food from Food for Thought Catering. The beers, including four new offerings in addition to the three that had already launched, flowed and were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Piper’s Pale Ale, 48 Dark Lager and Carmanah Ale are no longer alone as options for the lighter craft beer consumer. They have now been joined by the variety of Sombrio Citrus Session Ale, a fruity session ale at 4.0% ABV, 19 IPA, a floral, easy-drinking IPA which has been adjusted from its original recipe down to a lighter 4.8% ABV, Victoria Lager (which you might also see as 48 Lager), a malty yet refreshing dortmunder lager also at 4.8% ABV, and what might be the most-touted beer from the line-up, the Juan de Fuca Cerveza. The Cerveza is light, very much a summer refresher, brewed with flaked maize, and just dying to be tried in a beer cocktail.

As impressive as the new beers are, the brewery’s new tasting room is jaw-droppingly amazing. Entering the space, guests are greeted by warm lighting and a clean feeling that just invites you to stay for a few more samples. In addition, the new growler filling machine, the only one of its kind in Canada so far, is primed to make guests want to swing by more often, as it allows for more small batch and limited release beers to be served once those programs are in full swing.

The night was a fantastic showcase of what a brewery can be, and with the changes, Vancouver Island Brewing seems primed and re-energized to make waves in the industry.

 

 

Just Posted

Juxtaposition key to art in The Lines Between at Gage in Oak Bay

The artist will be on hand for the opening reception on Sunday, April 29

FILM REVIEW: Violent vigilanteism helps cast disquieting spell

Robert Moyes offers his take on Joaquin Phoenix and You Were Never Here

Tickets go quickly for Tom Cochrane show at Elements Casino

Multi Juno Award-winner rejoins Red Rider bandmates for grand opening concert

Rockin’ steady with Phonosonics

Victoria roots reggae band looks to attract wider audience with appearance on Rise Up TV show

Sooke man pursues music for a lifetime

Al Pease has been playing music for over 65 years

Shania Twain visits Canadian Armed Forces base in B.C.

Canadian country icon thanks members of CFB Esquimalt for their service

Royal baby: It’s a boy for Kate and William

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Ballet Victoria soirée fundraiser a prelude to final show of season

Company winds up its 15th season in the city with Peter Pan next month

Dinosaurs taking centre stage at National Geographic event

NatGeo Live series finale May 2 at the Royal features renowned paleontologist

Celebrate Earth Day with guided walks through Beacon Hill Park

Local naturalists explore Garry oak ecosystem on Camas Day

Shania Twain set to visit CFB Esquimalt

Country music star is meeting members of the Canadian Armed Forces

Blue Bridge Theatre kicks off it 10th season with fun Russian farce

Unique spin on Chekov classic promises surprises

Cochrane alters lyrics to honour Humboldt Broncos

Rock singer, performing at the Elements Casino grand reopening May 5, changes up ‘Big League’

Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th?

Is friggatriskaidekaphobia harmless fun, or should we be proceeding with caution today?

Most Read