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Distinct and local, at Driftwood Brewery, we aspire to create a unique profile in every beer we make. And, from the moment we sold our first keg, we’ve upheld a commitment to never cut corners on quality, character or style.
Our beer is inspired by centuries of European brewing tradition and propelled forward by Canadian passion and creativity. our Beautiful German brewhaus allos us to implement the most challening brew methods into our processes from step mashes to decoctions.
Very few people get to study craft beer under one of the pioneers of the North American micro-brewery movement. Frank Appleton taught me what it means to make great beer, and I am truly grateful for that. Frank and I set up the brewery in Victoria’s historic Swans Hotel in 1989. When he moved on to build other breweries, I took on the role of Brewmaster and began honing my craft.
Here at Vancouver Island Brewing, we’re all about encouraging the next new adventure through our unique craft brewing experience. Enjoy that Vancouver Island life, wherever you are.
After several years of slugging it out in the brewing community working for other brewers, Matt Phillips (the patriarch of Phillips Beer) decided it was time to make beer of his own. But while Matt’s beer was incredible, his business plan was not (at least according to the banks) and nobody would lend him the money to start the brewery.
A unique warehouse built in 1913 that features a brewery, pub, liquor store and hotel. Situated in historic China town steps from the inner harbor in Victoria, BC. Swans pub offers a rotating selection of craft beer from a range of breweries with a great patio overlooking the water.