Vancouver Island Brewing was founded in 1984 by small business owners in southern Vancouver Island. We moved into a facility in central Saanich and serviced the pubs on Vancouver Island with brands such as Goldstream Lager, Hermann’s Dark Lager and Piper’s Pale Ale. In 1987, Hermann Hoerterer brewed the first batch of Hermannator — a special gift for his close friends. It was the first “specialty” beer to be packed in Victoria in decades.

We outgrew our home in central Saanich in the mid-90s and moved to our current home on Government Street in 1996, accompanied by a name-change to Vancouver Island Brewery. The facility was purpose-built and was the first production brewery in downtown Victoria since Labatt leveled the old Victoria-Phoenix Brewery in 1982.

Owned In: Ontario

Made In Victoria, BC:

  • IPA
  • Lager
  • Ale
  • Pilsner
  • sour
  • Porter
  • Stout
  • … and more

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