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Beer Available At The Strath Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants (arranged by most recent)
Spinnakers 30th Anniversary Grand Cru , Dageraad Amber , Dageraad Blonde , Parallel 49 Wild Ride 2nd Anniversary Beer , Upright Gose (White Truffle) 91, Elysian Dayglow IPA 96, Phillips Raspberry Wheat 18, Phillips Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA 92, Granville Island Shipload of Hops Imperial IPA 59, Ninkasi Lux German-Style Helles Lager 52, Parallel 49 Tricycle Radler 31, Green’s Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager , The Commons Biere Royale 95, North Coast Grand Cru , To Øl Goliat Imperial Coffee Stout 99, The Commons Biere de Garde 77, To Øl By Udder Means 98, To Øl Black Malts & Body Salts Black Coffee IIPA 100, To Øl Black Ball Porter 99, Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA 96
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Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | November 27, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
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 I’d 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.
Oakes (630) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 31, 2005| Updated February 3, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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 Spinnaker’s 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.
theisti (495) Leawood, Kansas | August 8, 2008| Updated June 28, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ferris (353) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 4, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice store and open late. As to pricing, I couldn’t 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 don’t blame them. They did have a pretty decent selection, but nothing compared to what i am used to on the mainland.
DuffMan (265) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 10, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
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!
CapFlu (200) Victoria, British Columbia | October 26, 2006| Updated July 27, 2008
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
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.
paco (20) Regina, Saskatchewan | March 29, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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 can’t 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.
mgermani (15) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 4, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very posh, nice decor. Beer seemed to be a bit of an afterthought, and selection was poor but prices were excellent - same price you could expect to pay for Spinnakers beers at the brewpub. A few surprises - Rogue and Canoe when I popped in - and the staff were friendly and knew what they were talking about. Will definitely pop in again.
PWheatley (6) , Quebec | January 4, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Expensive, but really nice selection of local, BC and west coast beers. They also have a very nice selection of Belgian beers that I have not seen anywhere else. Their selection of east coast american beers was ok as well. Several dogfish head and brooklyn beers were also to be had. If you are looking for something different you can’t go far wrong here although you will be paying a premium.
frink (4) coquitlam, British Columbia | September 10, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A pleasant surprise in downtown Vic. The guys were quite helpful. Nice lookin’ store and a bunch of bottles not available in regular liquor stores. Too bad I dont’ go to Victoria often.
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