3fourths (1555) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Oakes (807) 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.
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)
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.
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.