Switchback Needs to be Re-Named


Due to a trademark issue, Lighthouse Brewing co is forced to change the name of the popular Switchback IPA. You have the opportunity to create that name. You must use facebook to submit names. Prizes will be awarded.

Ever wanted to name a beer? Who hasn’t? We unfortunately have to change the name of our very popular Switchback IPA due to a naming conflict and we’re reaching out to you, our valued customers and fans, for the name! Submit your entries for a chance to win bragging rights and a $200 Lighthouse Gift Card! Please read the terms and conditions for contest naming rules.



Multiple Salt Spring Island Releases

Apparently there are multiple Salt Spring Island releases floating around. Ryan used to be my friend and kept me informed about new beers originating from the (smaller) island. I sense an upcoming modification to my facebook friend list.

Much to report.  Draught only. Red Unicorn – Red Unicorn is a 7%ABV Spiced Ale made with cinnamon and lactose for a delicious sweet cinnamon characteristic. I liken it to the Fireball of beer. Very similar flavor profile to a pumpkin ale, but less clove, no pumpkin, and more cinnamon.
Draught only. RyePA – our Rye Pale Ale is a 6.3%ABV Ale that is minimally hopped (sitting at 28IBU) allowing us to showcase all the natural beauty of the rye. made with 28% rye malt and 20% Munich dark malt, this brew shows flavors of spice, berry fruit, and a touch of caramel. It’s ALMOST all gone though. Still available on tap at the Garricks.
Draught only. Noveau Classique – Our Salt Spring take on the Spanish culinary staple: Estrella Inedit. Brewed in collaboration with Little Jumbo this Kolsch style ale is brewed with pale malt and flaked rye to 5%ABV and is then flavored with cumin, caraway, fresh fennel, and candied orange peel. Meant to pair with almost any dish, this ale has a bright citrusy aroma with initial flavors of caraway that make way for a long fennel finish. Balanced by a delicate light body and subtle carbonation.
Upcoming cask event: “Hair of the Dog” Blood Orange Golden Ale – It’s winter fruit season.  These TWO casks are being created for a fundraiser that we are putting on for the Victoria Humane Society at the Garricks Head Pub on Wednesday March 19th. $.50 from each pint sold will go towards the society. Plus we will be hosting a silent auction and selling some SSI branded swag, all proceeds going to the society. These casks should be pretty straightforward. Reinforcing the already notable citrus characteristics in our golden ale with the addition of blood orange. Blood oranges also contain a slight bitterness which should help dry the beer out. Plus the colour is going to be spectacular.

Phillips Double Dragon Returns


March 10th, 2014: Bow to your Sensei because the Double Dragon Imperial Red Ale is back for another round! For a real hop heavyweight, this 8.2% red ale remains bright on the palate striking quickly with roundhouse hop kicks and finishing dry. Ultimately this majestic beer, brewed deep copper red, is big enough to slay even the strongest thirst.

Double Dragon Imperial Red Ale is available for a limited time at craft-friendly private liquor stores and the Phillips Brewing dojo.

For Victoria followers of brewing arts, we will be hosting a draft tasting of Double Dragon at Phillips on Thursday March 13th from 4-6pm.

Lighthouse Releases Sauerteig Farmhouse Ale

So I went into some random CBAW store and noticed this bottle. A farmhouse ale (Saison) with sourdough starter and rye. No press release, no beer company social media tweets; I love stealth marketing. Dean, the head brewer at Lighthouse, says its a collaboration with Fry’s Red Wheat Bakery. He says, “a saison with as many bakery ingredients as we could through at it, including huge tubs of of rye sourdough starter made for us by Byron Fry. Sweet and touch sour with a little rye spiciness, this one’s for more general audience than a truly sour or bretty beer would be.” Those fluent in German would know that ‘Sauertieg’ means sourdough. Available now at better cold beer and wine stores.

Singularity is Out

singu2014 Whoa, some how I missed this. A new vintage for a new year. Walk, don’t run, this is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Rattenbury Red Ale Returns

rattenburyLaunch for the Rattenbury Red Ale on Thursday 6th from 5:30 to 6:30 in the pub.

Rattenbury was a pretty successful British architect. You may recognize some of his work around Victoria, buildings such as British Columbi Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel.