Growlers

50 Shades of Brown: Looking Into Victoria’s Growler Station Craft Beers

Vancouver Island is home to many fantastic craft-breweries and offers one of the largest selections of locally brewed suds in all of Canada. Along with providing such an extensive collection of craft beers, Victoria’s microbreweries also deliver on any beer connoisseurs dream come true, cheap, refillable growlers. A growler is a large jug-shaped glass that is usually sold at breweries or brewpubs as a means to offer craft beer to go. Because the growler has either a screw-on cap or a hinged porcelain gasket cap, it can maintain freshness for a week or more, making it optimal for preserving craft beer. Growlers, which cost five dollars at any of these Victoria microbreweries, are able to hold up to 1.89 litres (64 fluid ounces) of beer, resulting in the 10 to 15 dollar fill-ups being the best bargain for Victoria craft beer drinkers who do not want to invest in an entire keg.

The following is a list of craft beers offered by each Victoria microbrewery and brewpub, as well as the hours that they are available:

4 Mile Brewing Co. – Growler station open from 11am to 11pm, seven days a week
Dockyard Golden Ale – 4.6%
Old 39 Pale Ale – 5.2%
Powder Keg IPA – 5.2%
Brothel Brown Ale – 5.3%
Comfortably Numb Strong Ale – 6.9%
Tight Head British Best Ale – 4.2%
Jack Tar Black IPA – 5.75%
White Lady Wheat Ale – 4.5%
Double Chocolate Porter – 7%
Navy Gravy Oatmeal Stout – 4.5%

Canoe Brewpub – Growler station open from 11:30am to 11pm, seven days a week
Lager – 4.8%
Pale Ale – 5%
IPA – 6.5%
Dark Ale – 5.5%
Belgian Blonde – 5.5%
Bock – 6.5%

Category 12 Brewing – Growler station open from 12 noon to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Unsanctioned Saison – 6.9%
Disruption Black IPA – 6.7%
Critical Point Pale Ale – 5.6%
Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale – 9.6%
Insubordinate Session IPA – 4.5%

Driftwood Brewery – Growler station open from 12 noon to 4:30pm Monday and 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday
Fat Tug IPA – 7%
Crooked Coast Altbier – 5.1%
White Bark Witbier – 5%
Driftwood Pale Ale – 5%
Farmhand Saison – 5.5%

Hoyne Brewing Co. – Growler station open from 1pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am to 6pm Saturday
Dark Matter – 5.3%
Hoyner Pilsner – 5.5%
Down Easy Pale Ale – 5.2%
Off the Grid – 5.3%
Devil’s Dream IPA – 6%
Summer Haze Honey Hefe – 5.1%

Lighthouse Brewing Co. – Growler station open from 11am to 4:30pm Monday through Wednesday and 11am to 5:30pm Thursday/Friday
Bowline Pilsner – 5%
Race Rocks Ale – 5.2%
Shipwreck IPA – 6.5%
Jackline Rhubarb Grisette – 5.5%

Moon Under Water Brewery – Growler station open from 11:30am to 10:30pm, Wednesday through Saturday
Potts Pils – 5.2%
Drunk Uncle Dunkel – 5.4%
Tranquility IPA – 6.5%
Light Side of the Moon – 4.2%
This is Hefeweizen – 5.5%
His as Funk Farhouse IPA – 7%

Phillips Brewing Co. – Growler station open from 10am to 5pm Monday, 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday, 10am to 7pm Friday and 11am to 6pm Saturday
Analogue 78 Kolsch – 5%
Blue Buck – 5%
Hop Circle IPA – 6.5%
Longboat Chocolate Porter – 5.2%
Ginger Beer – 5%
Raspberry Wheat – 5%
Amnesiac Double IPA – 8.5%
Electric Unicorn White IPA – 6.5%

Spinnakers Brewpub – Growler station open from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week
Dunkelweizen – 4.6%
Hefeweizen – 4.5%
Titanic Stout – 7.75%
Apple Knocker Saison – 6%
Kolsh – 4.8%
United Red Rye Ale – 6.2%

Swans Brewpub – Growler station open from 11:30am to 11pm, seven days a week
Arctic Kolsh – 4.5%
Pandora Pale Ale – 4.5%
Old Towne Bavarian Lager – 5.4%
Extra IPA – 6.8%
Scotch Ale – 8%
Berry Ale – 7%
Black Cygnet – 4.5%
Swans Pilsner – 5%
Coconut Porter – 5.5%

Vancouver Island Brewery – Growler station open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday
Black Betty Blackberry Saison – 5.5%
Beachcomber Summer Ale – 5.3%
High Trail Honey Ale – 5%
Hermann’s Dark Lager – 5.5%
Sabotage India Session Ale – 5%
Bohemian Pilsner – 5%
Piper’s Pale Ale – 5%
Sea Dog Amber Ale – 5.2%

Many of these fine establishments have been set up and are maintained by DraughtWise technicians, ensuring that the craft beer will taste as fresh and delicious as possible. Pick up a five-dollar growler from any of these breweries and start sampling what Victoria’s craft beer market has to offer today!