Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island

Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island

by Jon C. Stott

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Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Canada

Hopheads, rejoice! Take the ultimate beer-lover’s road trip from Victoria, BC’s craft beer capital, to Tofino and Campbell River, visiting craft breweries and brewpubs in between. Your guide? Jon Stott, born and bred in Victoria—and beer enthusiast extraordinaire.

In 1961, Vancouver Island had just one brewery. In 2018, Stott visited thirty-three breweries on the island—and three more breweries were slated to open within the year. For each brewery or brewpub, Stott shares well-researched backstories, examines the relationships between breweries and the communities in which they operate, profiles owners and brewers, and shares tasting notes for many of the beers each place offers.

Beginning at Spinnakers, Canada’s oldest and longest operating brewpub, the book culminates at Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House in Campbell River, and includes a directory of Vancouver Island’s Breweries and brewpubs, a glossary of brewing terms, and a guide to different styles of beer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771512930
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jon C. Stott is a retired professor and the author of more than twenty books, including Beer 101 North: Craft Breweries and Brewpubs of the Washington and Oregon Coasts, and Beer Quest West. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico but frequently visits his hometown, Victoria, BC.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part 1 South Island

Chapter 1 Victoria's Pioneer Craft Brewpubs 15

Chapter 2 Victoria's Pioneer Craft Breweries 33

Chapter 3 Victoria's Craft Beer Scene Expands 51

Chapter 4 Beer in the Burbs-Saanich, Saanichton, View Royal, Langford 71

Chapter 5 The Sooke Beer Boom 93

Part II Mid-North Island

Chapter 6 Island Hopping from Duncan to Chemainus via Salt Spring Island 109

Chapter 7 Craft Breweries Move into Nanaimo (aka Lucky Territory) 133

Chapter 8 The Highway 4 Ale Trail from Georgia Strait to the Pacific Ocean 151

Chapter 9 Craft Beers from Cumberland to Campbell River 173

Conclusion 193


Directory of Vancouver Island Breweries and Brewpubs 201

Glossary of Brewing Terms 225

A Guide to Beer Styles 237

From Grain to Glass: Brewing, Packaging, and Drinking Beer 251

Reading Ale about It: A Two-Four of Beer Books 261

Acknowledgements 265

Index 267

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