Dropped by on a late Sunday afternoon. A very quiet, relaxed joint at this hour. Friendly, laid back staff. They advise a bluegrass band is on later, about 8:30. first impressions are good. Oh...did I mention that they have WiFi and it actually works?
Guess I should add something about the beer. First off, I like that they have 10 oz beers, as well as a larger size. Some decent in-house taps, nothing spectacular, but respectable. Their signature brew seems to be the Extra IPA, which can stand it’s own ground among the more modern highly hopped IPA’s.
Old architecture and an old feel to the place. Service was pretty good, the food was alright too albeit overpriced I thought for breakfast ($32 for two). Wide range of own beers on tap. Really nothing to write home about, I may go back if I’m in the area again and try the beers.
DuffMan (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 10, 2010
Steeped in history, this place walks a fine line between charming and schlocky. Having stayed here, as a boutique hotel, it falls short. The rooms feel quite dated, the artwork on the walls seems like it was done by friends and family members, the amenities were lacking (no gym). As a brewpub, I thought it was great. Decent brews, upscale pubfare (lamb burger and duck pizza were both delicious), excellent service. I’ll base my rating on the brewpub.
I always visit Swans when visiting Victoria. The atmosphere is great, very relaxing and enjoyable. Usually there is live music in the evenings. Buckerfield offers a good variety of beers most of which I have tried. Nothing really memorable (considering the high quality of brews that the NW has to offer). Very good bitter. Prices are high, but that’s to be expected. Good place to go for a session while in BC.
Buckerfields brewing was a neat place to visit on the top of the place was a hotel Swans and this was a neat old building. We stopped at the bar and had a few of the beers this was the night before the GCBF. We had a Coconut porter which could have used more of the famed Coconut but was still tasty never less. The Swans Oatmeal Stout was pure heaven and I was hoping to remember to bring some back to the states. The service was great and they talked the beers up quite a bit. The also told us of several other places to visit while in town that also had great beers. I think this was one of the best places to visit the Raspberry ale to finish off the night was actually very good and fruit. This is a must stop in Victoria.
Interesting décor, to say the least. You feel almost in the lobby of an old art deco hotel. What really floored us was the large, looming painted portrait of Pierre-Elliott Trudeau not too far from the bar. With his haughty, condescending grin, I felt like he was staring straight at me, calling me a hotdog eater and telling to “foodoo-boodoo ma gang de tabarnak”. Honest to God, it really fazed me. At least at the few other pubs we poked in on our quickie tour of Victoria, we had Lizzie the second’s austere yet grandmotherly likeness welcoming us in. Thankfully we sat down at a table where I couldn’t see him, so it didn’t ruin it all for me. Other than that, the place was quite charming, along with the rest of the city for that matter. They were about to clear away our section to make room for the band, something not everyone likes in a brewpub, but I think it’s great. What else…I found it strange to have the toilets protected by a code lock, but it wasn’t the only pub I’ve been to on this trip that had this “feature”. Service was prompt and I got my sampler tray quickly. Selections ranged from uninspired to somewhat interesting, with nothing really catching my eye, save perhaps the Scottish ale that had interesting smokiness to it. It stood out from the rest, but I had better. Didn’t get to try any food either. But it was a fun place to visit in good company (certain former prime ministers excluded), if only for a few tasters.