A gorgeous place with two levels and a spectacular view of the water overlooking downtown Vic. Worth a stop just for the location. Tons of beers on tap, mostly their own, but a few guests. You can do flights of 4 for a decent price. Beer quality isnít amazing, but itís competent for the most part. Staff are super friendly and will go out of their way to help you out. Definitely worth a stop when in Vic.
A $17 cab ride from the cruise ships got four of us here. Excellent atmosphere inside as well as the view of the harbor outside. The food was good and the prices were on par for Canada. The beers were actually pretty cheap. I got a four taster flight (20 ounces) for $8 and two bombers to go for $11. We took a water taxi back across the harbor for $24 total and it was about a half mile walk back to the cruise ship.
Just a side note for people on a cruise ship. All we had to show to get back to the boat was the room key. No one asked any questions about what we were carrying. The actual customs passage happened back in Seattle and, well, we claimed that we had $100 in trinkets in gifts and no one questioned it. I guess one bomber was a gift from my wife to me and the other bomber was a gift to my wife from me. ;-)
Possibly the most scenic brewpub Iíve ever been to. Right on the water on the north portion of the harbor. We sat out on the patio on the main, but I guess they have one upstairs which probably provides an even better view. Not that Iím complaining.
Service here on a Friday afternoon was a bit on the lax side, but it was very friendly and helpful, just a bit slow in terms of pace. The wait staff was a bit surprised by my request to try every beer (ten), but they obliged. The beer quality was decent enough, though I didnít care for a number of the offerings.
Food was quite good. I ordered the bangers and mash, which Iíd highly recommend. My girlfriend got a sandwich that was good as well. Food was in the $15 - $25 range for entrees.
I wouldnít come all the way to Victoria to come here, but itís a nice place to have when youíre here. We took the walk along the water from the downtown area here, which was only about a mile each way and was very nice.
2014-06-27 I didnít notice before that they also have a few guest beers on tap; but running out of 2 or 3 own beers in the early Friday afternoon is not a good thingÖ The average quality of the beers seems in decline (70 points) 2011-08-16: 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) (74 points)
Situated in one of the most beautiful locations I have seen. Bar itself is large and airy with a rustic charm that is appropriate for the location. Service was decent, not great but good for Victoria. Selection was large again for Victoria but very local. Food was spectacular, some of the best I have had in a brewpub. Prices were high but with quality I am happy to pay. This is a must in Victoria.
Great location, great value and great service here. Beautiful on the patio in the sun overlooking the water. The beer is all very English and the food is average pub fair but this is all about location here.
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.