Vic­to­ria’s Best Brews

Taste & Travel - - Dispatches -

Cel­e­brate sum­mer at one of Canada’s top des­ti­na­tions for beer and cider fans. Home to Spin­naker’s, Canada’s old­est brew­pub which opened in 1984, Vic­to­ria’s craft beer scene now fea­tures 14 brew­eries. Beers pro­duced in the city — such as Cat­e­gory 12’s Dis­rup­tion Black IPA, Ca­noe’s Lager and Light­house Brew­ing’s Race Rocks — are of­ten win­ners at Cana­dian craft beer awards. Lo­cal ciders are made on site at Sea Cider Farm and Cider­house on the Saanich Penin­sula and Mer­ri­dale Cider­works in Cob­ble Hill. Sea Cider’s or­chard has more than 1300 ap­ple trees grow­ing 50 va­ri­eties of her­itage ap­ples which are pressed on site. Mer­ri­dale Cider­works cre­ates tra­di­tional ciders and spir­its in­clud­ing their Cowichan Gin, Cowichan Co­gnac and Stair’s Pear Brandy. www.touris­mvic­to­

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