Hoyne Releases Hard Rain Double IPA

No details on flavour or hops or malts or anything, but the name says it all. Double IPAs stands for syrupy, malty hop bomb! Bombers will hit better CBAW stores February 2nd. Good chance there will be growler fills too. Photo from facebook


6th Annual Island Beer Festival


It’s BACK!
The Strathcona Hotel presents…


It’s bigger and better than ever before!
18 Breweries, over 30 different beer offerings

Tickets include 2 drink tokens and 1 food token

Confirmed Breweries Below – 4 more to come 😀

Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Red Truck Brewery
Phillips Brewing Company
Driftwood Brewery
Hoyne Brewing Company
Category 12
Vancouver Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing Company
Barkerville Brewing
Russell Brewing
Whistler Brewery
Turning Point

& more to come !

Beer and Cheese and Phillips


Beer and cheese is back, and this time we’re adding a bit of a twist. Each year Ottavio Delicatessen joins us at the brewery for one magical evening, where 10 of the finest cheeses are paired with 10 select Phillips brews. But this year with the exciting launch of our in-house distillery the Fermentorium, we will have a couple of rounds paired with spirits!

All the fun goes down on February 11th here at the brewery. This event sells out quickly every year so make sure to head down to Phillips HQ or Ottavio to grab your tickets; you don’t want miss out on this opportunity to explore beer and spirits alongside their partner in brine.

Prices are $55 and include tax.

Swan’s Releases Legacy Barley Wine Today

It is a little late for barley wines, but this can be overlooked for the Legacy Ale. This gold medal winning beer will be available today at better CBAW stores swans barleyand at the brewery. Please read the fine print; it has already been aged for eight months!  Press release to follow:

Quick reminder for a great release today with the launch of our Legacy Ale – Barley Wine 10.3% alc./vol.

Visit us from 5:30 to 6:30 for a tasting of this special brew which honours Michael Williams’ life and legacy.

This special Ale was awarded with the gold medal for the category of barley wine at the Canadian Brewing Awards & Canadian Craft Brewers Conference in 2013.

See you all here.

Phillips releases Coffin Kicker Porter

This will be a draught only option to find this beer. They mention it will be a “dark American Porter was custom-built with a bright medium-roasted body that finishes refreshingly dry.” Look for it at better pubs and restaurants. For sure it will be at their growler station.phillips porter

Spinnakers Belgian Porter

A porter is a traditional English style ale, usually rich, chocolaty and fruity. Belgian yeasts tend to produce spicy and complex beers. What happens when you mix styles? Don’t know, but I intend to unnamedfind out. Look for these bottles at finer BCAW stores. Press release to follow:

A beer with an identity crisis. Stuck somewhere between a London Porter and a Belgian Dark Ale, Rêve de Londres possesses a Dark, complex malt centric body with spicy, fruity, Belgian Abbey yeast notes. Dedicated to all those brewers who dream of one day brewing in the Old World. Santé.