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Matter of Beer: Beer recommendations to keep your cravings content in Victoria

Victoria Beer Week may have moved to May, but beer lovers can still explore something new this March.
Ile Sauvage’s new Lunar Lager uses a new yeast and has an aromatic experience of passion fruit and guava. (Ile Sauvage Brewing Co.)

March has almost always been where Victoria Beer Week takes over the town, but with the move to May, what are we supposed to do to keep our whistles wet, our cravings contented, and our taste buds thrilled? Well, a few options have popped up, and some include travel tips that can make your almost-local spring break as enjoyable as possible.

There’s nothing like a cool, crisp lager, especially as the sunsets get later and the temperatures start hopefully getting a bit warmer. Ile Sauvage has a great new option using a new yeast that keeps that classic lager feel with a little bit more to it. Lunar Lager brings an aromatic experience of passion fruit and guava, while still being that easy-drinking option at 4.5 per cent. The new beer should be available in cans at your classic craft-friendly liquor stores as well as the brewery on Bridge St.

If you’re looking for an option that both tastes AND does good, look no further than Phillips Brewing, who have just released their version of the Brave Noise pale ale. This juicy, hazy pale ale with notes of coconut and mango has been released as a charity beer for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and is part of a global collaborative effort to create a safe and discrimination-free environment for women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ throughout the beer industry. Working with Good Night Out, the brewery also released its code of conduct, just one of many steps towards ensuring a safe space for all.

Finally, are you planning a short trip out of town this spring break? Or are you regularly one of those folks that make their way beyond the Westshore and out to Sooke? Sooke Oceanside Brewery has started a new program that might make those travels a little more fun and wallet-friendly. Their new Verified S.O.B. program has launched with significant discounts on their amazing beers and included swag like key chains, t-shirts, hoodies, steins, and more. The membership also includes entries into prize draws and access to event tickets ahead of the rest of the crowd. If it sounds like something you need to be a part of, stop by the taproom on Sooke Road as you head through Saseenos and find out more, or check out their social media.

Keep an eye out for next month’s, where we’ll see how May’s Victoria Beer Week will look.


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