Spinnakers Brewpub | Victoria, British Columbia
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Spinnakers Brewpub
Exceptional based on 38 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

308 Catherine Street
Victoria, British Columbia Canada [ print map ]
250 877 838 2739

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Beer Available At Spinnakers Brewpub (arranged by most recent)
Spinnakers Original Pale Ale 33, Spinnakers Irish Stout 72, Spinnakers Roundhouse Red , Spinnakers Kraken Amber , Spinnakers Black Saison with Ginger Festive Saison (2013+) , Spinnakers Hoptoria IPA 64, Spinnakers IPA 65, Spinnakers Hop & Honey Saison , Spinnakers Mitchells ESB 69, Spinnakers Kolsch-Style Ale , Spinnakers India Session Pale Ale 46, Spinnakers Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale 37, Spinnakers Swiftsure Session Ale , Four Winds Saison 59, Arrowhead Iím so Freakiní Hoppy! IPA 68, Gigantic IPA 97, Spinnakers Hefeweizen 39, Townsite YOGN 82 46, Spinnakers Nut Brown Ale with Cascades , Spinnakers Nut Brown Ale 56
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38 reviews for Spinnakers Brewpub
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  72%
 Food  71%
 Value  69%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  83%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths  (1271) Boulder, Colorado | August 3, 2005| Updated January 21, 2013
Located a bit of a walk from the downtown area in Victoria, itís located along the waterfront and you can take the waterfront foot path all the way here. A large building with a small deck outside, the interior resembles a British pub, complete with a number of beer engines. This was voted #1 brewery in Victoria, and itís probably true. The beer was of high quality and the selection was expansive, with the cask ales listed separately from the regular fare - a definite plus. All beers were well made, and the servers did a great job.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere  (651) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2012
So, this Canadian classic would obviously be at the roots of the English-inspired beer culture that still dominates BC landscape. Fortunately, they still make some pretty good English-style beers although they tend to add more hops than the typical British pint under the American influence. At the same time, they also were maltier and fairly sweet, so I guess it balances it out. That American influence also pushed them to produce a sturdy IPA and strong dark ales among other things. Yet despite the solidity of their English ales, I was surprised that their Weizen was so good, showing a versatility that honours them. The food menu contains a lot of attractive plates, varied and focusing on local ingredient sources as much as possible and it seems that this is a recent change which has brought a significant mark-up to the menuís price tags. Still, as a casual visitor, I was not shocked by the prices although we did not eat a full meal here. We nevertheless had a tasty soup and a decent cheese plate where raw milk would have been welcome. As for the premises, the building has a superb terrace from which you can catch glimpses of the bay leading downtown. being located over a hill, the terrace is a nice spot, looking perhaps more distinguised than the rest of the pub which is in reality a large multi-roomed house with authentic wooden furniture aplenty. The kind of house in which you feel like peaking at every room and taking full advantage of its nearby greens and water with large windows. Service was excellent, very professional and caring on our visit. They seel a few bottles to go and breweriana.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes  (625) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 31, 2005
Spinnakers has slipped. First, their star beers (ESB, IPA) arenít what they used to be. A reduction in bitterness in the latter and in overall character in the former have hurt their selection. Theyíve introduced table service upstairs, which blows. I donít need some serving wench hassling me about food and then ignoring my empty glass. The menu looked like ok stuff, but it was very expensive. If I wanted Lumiere, Iíd go to Lumiere. The burger was average, dragged down by some of that tepid, trendy aioli crap. The crowd wasnít very good either, this time, just a bunch of weirdos and drunks. Iíve enjoyed this place in the past, but this latest visit was weak.
Sammy  (517) Toronto, Ontario | February 21, 2008
Great view. Very pretty retaurant and (separate floor) longer bar, busy in mid-aft offseason weekday. Al kinds of people. A sweet little friendly giftshop with bottles and such to buy. If you find yourself in Victoria, you must make a stop here though you are spending at least most of a day and some funds to do so. The beer was fine and mostly served well. The bartender appoligized for the Saison that was overcarbonated and gave us another half pint. The saison ws serviceable, the brewmaster who spent time with us is competent and experimenting well, though conservatively into Belgians.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 15, 2005
Good food, great beer with a large rotating selection. Nice views of the harbour as well. The only must-see in Victoria and the attached beer store is the best in Victoria.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn  (501) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 26, 2011
As I visited the place on a warm summer day, the patio with view on the bay is fantastic. They have many beers on tap, some are offered on draught, in bottles or hand-pumped, so itís just up to the customer to choose; and this also means that for some beers itís possible to have less carbonation and less cold temperature; on top of this, they are very flexible and sell samplers by the glass (not forcing to have by group of 4 or 5 glasses).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb  (445) Woodland, California | June 29, 2007
Sort of family funky atmosphere. Good food. Liked the ales. Had a good time. Great cask (and other) ales. Service was top hole. Worth seeking out, if you are in Victoria.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad  (417) Olympia, | October 1, 2009
After taking a water taxi across the bay we arrived to Spinnakers Brewpub and wow what a view of the entire bay. The beer better be good and after trying the taster tray I was impressed. This was going to be our final meal and beers on our Victoria BC trip. The English bitter was buttery and tasty. The dark ales where also very good and the porter was one fine brew. This place made there own malt vinegar with the beer malts so they had about 5 different flavors from English ale to porter malt vinegars. We found out you can also stay here and over look the bay all night. I am thinking next time we might try to stay here. We found the service to be very good and the food was also excellent. We will be back.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings  (402) Fort Collins, Colorado | August 8, 2011
My favorite stop during my day trip/ beer tour of Victoria. Right out on the harbor, so itís cool to sit out on the deck. Lots of beers to taste and most were quality beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Nate  (269) Indiana, Pennsylvania | July 17, 2007
Stopped in on a rainy morning and tried everything on tap plus a nice little lunch. Great service (they werenít busy), nice views, and pretty decent beers. Worth a visit if youíre in the area, though itís a good little jaunt from the tourist area when on foot. You probably wonít be disappointed, however, if you stroll out that way.

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