Greater Victoria breweries win Canadian Brewing Awards

Local beers continue to gain national recognition

Photo: Sooke Oceanside Brewery / Facebook

It is no secret that Greater Victoria craft breweries make some truly delicious beers, and last week several local breweries got the national stamp of approval at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Hamilton. Ranging from porters and red ales to historic beers and spruce tip ales, these beers competed against brews from across the country to take home prizes.

These wins follow up previous successes on the provincial and national stage. Last year, Greater Victoria breweries took home seven awards at the 2023 Canadian Beer Awards. In the fall, local breweries scored 12 awards at the BC Beer Awards, among them top prizes including Hoyne Brewing’s Dark Matter being named Best in Show, Small Gods Brewing being named Innovator of the Year, and Swift Brewing being named Rookie of the Year.        

Mile Zero Brewing

Metchosin-based brewery Mile Zero Brewing scored a silver award in the Canadian Evergreen Beer category for its Shirley It’s Christmas, a spruce tip ale. The beer is made using spruce tips foraged in Shirley and was a collaboration between the brewery and Checkerhead Brewing, who captured yeast from bee colonies for the brew.    

Address: 4495 Happy Valley Rd., Metchosin
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4:30-8pm; Friday, 2-9pm; Saturday, 1-9pm; Sunday, 1-8pm

Moon Under Water Brewery

Moon Under Water Brewery took home a bronze in the Porter category for its Taddy Tom’s Porter. Made with black strap molasses and specialty roasted malts, this dry porter has a full-bodied tangy and toasted flavour with notes of tobacco and licorice. It is made with barley grown on the Island at Field Five Farms as well as BC grow goldings and fuggles hops. This win follows previous success at last year's Canadian Brewing Awards where the brewery took home a silver for its Potts Pils in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category. Its Potts Pils has won nine Canadian Brewing Awards in total.   

Address: 350 Bay St., Victoria
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-10pm; Sunday, 11:30am-8pm 

Sooke Oceanside Brewery

Sooke Oceanside Brewery scored a bronze in the Bock Traditional German Style category for its Graveyard of the Pacific. This malty and subtly bitter imperial red ale with notes of caramel and brown sugar was created to celebrate the brewery’s anniversary, and is typically released once per year. Graveyard of the Pacific also scored bronze in the same category last year at the Canadian Brewing Awards. The brewery was also recognized last fall at the BC Beer Awards, taking home a gold in the International Lager category for its Leechtown Lager.   

Address: 5871-A Sooke Rd., Sooke
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, noon-8pm; Thursday, noon-11pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-9pm 

Sooke Brewing Company

Sooke Brewing Company won a bronze award in the Historic/Regional Beer category for its Steam Beer. This seasonal American-style hybrid lager—also called the California Common—is malty and has a herbal hoppiness that gives the brew a mild bitterness. The beer is now back on tap at the brewery to celebrate the win. 

Address: 2057 Otter Point Rd., Sooke
Hours: Monday-Thursday, noon-11pm; Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday, 11am-midnight; Sunday, 11am-11pm

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