Spinnakers releases freshed hopped and pumpkin

More to come. Spins also has a pumpkin and fresh hopped beer out now and soon, respectively. This is new an India session lager. Usually fresh hopped beers are full strength IPA’s . Sign me up


Swan’s releases pumpkin ale

Tis the season. I thought this was the first pumpkin ale, but it is not. Spinnakers had one out last week. Still, if you like pumpkin this is your time of year. Swan’s also has their famous coconut porter out on shelves also.Press release to follow.


Visit us for a free tasting of this seasonal release on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

A cornucopia of fall flavours; nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon and fresh baked pumpkin create a one of a kind malty, full bodied, pie-like brew.

Available in growlers and draught at Swans Pub. This beer will be available on Vancouver Island and the Mainland in 650ml bottles at your nearest craft beer friendly liquor store.


Phillips first with fresh hopped and pumpkin.

I believe this the fresh Victoria brewery to have their fresh hopped beer on shelves. It might also be a first with multiple fresh hops used. I’m not sure if it is the first pumpkin beer or not, Swan’s released one recently. But this is the first sour pumpkin beer I had heard of. Lots of bombers to choose from. Press release to follow


4 seasonal bombers have just been released to fill the fridge this fall! We’ve upped the ante on pumpkin, adding Toothless Pumpkin Sour to a roster that includes the original Crooked Tooth and his barrel-aged cousin Crookeder Tooth.

Rounding out this release is the return of Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA! The 2016 vintage uses whole come Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops delivered fresh to the brewhouse.

All 4 can be found here at the brewery as well as at your favourite private beer store. Toothless and Green Reaper can also be grabbed from your local government BC Liquor store as well.


Driftwood collab saison release

Sorry it has been a while. We/me at BOTR has been very slack about new releases.

Driftwood has a collaboration with Persephone brewing. Persephone are the ones on the Sunshine Coast near Gibsons that make stellar beers. Press release to follow. It is available now. Don’t forget that the fresh hopped beers are coming soon.

In the spirit of changing seasons we present to you
King Tide Strong Saison – A collaboration brew with Persephone Brewing Company in support of BC Craft Brewers Guild

The Earth, Sun and Moon have aligned to deliver this delicious collaboration. Persephone and Driftwood have joined forces to create this strong, effervescent Saison. Notes of tropical fruit abound from the warm fermentation required by our use of the famous Brasserie Dupont yeast.

This is a rare and limited release available in bomber bottles next week!


Moon Under Water Collab is ready

Too much to mention and best summarized in press release. What is not mentioned is that Tim Travis also makes excellent beer mustard and jellies available all over Victoria. Kalynka makes a mean cider.

Today we’re super stocked to launch our latest collaboration project “THE BREWER, THE BAKER, THE CRAFT CIDER MAKER” An organic sourdough Ale, brewed in collaboration with Tim Travis (the Brewer), Fol Epi Dockside (The Baker) and our facilitator Kalynka Cherkosh (The Cider Maker). Brewed with unmalted Red Fife wheat and locally grown malt from Mike Doehnel. Available at the Moon now on draught and Growler only- soon to be at select craft beer bars across the Island and Vancouver!

Twa Dogs Brewing now open

I got so excited that I forgot to mention this one. Twa Dogs Beers (Victoria Caledonian Brewing and Distilling) is now open with filling growlers and selling bottles. They are located at 761 Enterprise Crescent, right around corner from Bird of Paradise Pub. So far then have a solid pale ale, tasty unfiltered saison and this Friday an IPA. I have tasted the first two and found them to be very tasty and solid. They also offer a fun distillery tour.

No word on local pub and CBAW store availability, but this will certainly happen soon

Vancouver Island Brewery launches Mystery beer today

I believe this is the first truly new release from VIB in many years. Not much info about it, other than a blurry twitter photo. Apparently there is a release party today, Wednesday from 4-6pm at the brewery. I can kind of read “killer” in the label, so maybe a kellerbier. A nice unfiltered lager would be nice for summer.

BOTR might stop by to check things out