The Strath Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants

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74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (1146) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 4, 2013
Nice store and open late. As to pricing, I couldnít tell, not only was I pretty drunk while shopping they gave me an industry discount, which I appreciated. Not a beer geek in the place but that late mid week I donít blame them. They did have a pretty decent selection, but nothing compared to what i am used to on the mainland.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Oakes  (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 31, 2005| Updated February 3, 2009
Lots of wood and cramped quarters gives this place a little bit of life, which is more than I can say for the stores you get in Vancouver. They had a pretty good selection all round, with many interesting products not found in government stores. Some of the beers I bought are only available in 2 places in all of North America - here and Spinnakerís store. The selection of beer is not encyclopedic, but they do take care to bring in the spec products, which I suppose is the only reason a Ratebeerian would go. They also have Tugwell Creek meadery products. NOTE: HAS BEEN SURPASSED, RATING LOWERED.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | October 21, 2015
located downtown near the harbor and within walking distance of both the Marriott and Doubletree. Definitely an upscale wine store vibe which is nice since everything was clean and brighty laid out. Not a ton of single selection but they had a lot of locals and it was clear there was an editorial point of view to their selection. Some of the imported American stuff was off the charts expensive but they did discount if you bought more than six and the Belgian and Scandinavian prices were quite good. The staff was friendly and happy to talk beer. A pretty nice find.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
mcberko  (778) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 8, 2016
Located in the heart of downtown, this place is the most convenient bottle shop to hit if you donít have a car and are staying downtown. They had some Golden Doesjel when I went, which was a nice surprise find. Other than that, they have a good selection overall and friendly staff. Worth a stop when in the downtown.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (765) Kansas | August 8, 2008| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited during a very brief trip to Victoria. I did not have time to hit any brewpubs, asked one of the locals and they mentioned this place was the closest to the ferry. The interior was very nice, mostly a Wine shop, but does feature a couple of racks and a full cooler of beer. There were many local micro brews both available in six packs and bombers. I did not shop anywhere else, though this place seemed pretty spendy. The shop guy who helped me was knowledgeable, and very friendly.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
60
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 27, 2012
Dark and clean, modern store with a better than average beer selection at the rear. I popped into this seemingly best victoria beer store in the hope of finding Driftwood products Iíd not seen in Vancouver. Unfortunately, that was not the case although I was told the ESB had just run out. I ended up not being terribly impressed, but I guess on the island, there are not many places with 100+ craft beers for sale. The selection still had quite a few BC microbrews and since many of the best breweries come from the victoria area, there were plenty of those, but nothing I had not seen in Vancouver.
62
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan  (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 10, 2010
Long and narrow layout, with the beers at the back, some in a wall-cooler, and some displayed like fine wine. Decent enough mix of local stuff and imports, but some of it was pretty pricey. Staff were okay, but I got tired of hearing the girl at the counter bash French Canadians!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (317) Washington D.C., Washington DC | January 4, 2016
Decent beer store in downtown Victoria. Has a great Belgian selection - stuff you usually canít find elsewhere in B.C. to my experience. Some Drie Fonteinen and other lambics. Friendly staff. Prices are definitely on the high side, especially for European imports.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu  (236) Victoria, British Columbia | October 26, 2006| Updated July 27, 2008
A decent downtown bottleshop with a very limited yet unparalleled selection. I believe the prices here are better than Spinnakers - yet they are comparable. The Strath claims they are their own beer broker so I suppose theyd be able to order most anything provided the quantity is there. They also deliver locally on a bike which feeds my environmental side. Re-Rate on July 27, 2008: The Strath prices is quickly becoming the MOST EXPENSIVE beer store in BC. Compare these prices: Mill Street Coffee Porter @ the Strath $4.90 @ Brewery Creek $2.25 or check out this value for Unibroue 17 @ the Strath $11.99 @ Spinnakers $8.75. Just a heads up for those heading to Victoria this upcoming GCBF. Hopefully they will acknowledge these pricing irregularities and change if not, be warned and try to plan your trip so as to shop elsewhere. I have down-graded the Strath for this reason.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
paco  (31) Regina, Saskatchewan | March 29, 2011
Pretty decent place right downtown. Small store with lots of wine and spirits. Beer is in the back. They have plenty of locals and some nice imports. Some people complain about the pricing, but when a 4 pack of Old Rasputin is $23 in Regina and only $12 here, I canít complain with you. Lots of beer in the coolers and more on the shelves. It was pretty cool to see the craft brews before the generic macros. I bought the following. Sierra Nevada hop torpedo x2, Salt Spring porter, Green flash imperial ipa, Pyramid thunderhead ipa, Howe sound total eclipse of the hop for $40 something.

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