On Becoming a Cicerone®

By Sonia Motisca, Maple Leaf Editing The word “Cicerone” (sis-uh-rohn) is a reference to the Roman statesman, writer, philosopher, and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero’s eloquence and love for learning. More recently, the term has been adopted to denote a person with vast knowledge and expertise about all things beer. As a sommelier is an expert … Continued

Welcome to the Good Beer Gazette

Sharing quality BC craft brew news. Last spring, after celebrating VBW’s fifth anniversary, it was time to reflect on our accomplishments to date and reimagine what our next five years might bring. As a society, we reaffirmed our passion to bring diverse craft beer selection and education to the Victoria craft beer community year-round, in … Continued

Cooking With Hops

By Ian Lloyd, Certified Cicerone®️ Most emerging beer connoisseurs know the role that hops play in the flavour of beer. Bitter hops balance the malt sweetness and act as a natural preservative. But hops in cooking — is that really a thing? In the gastronomic culture that is Victoria, the answer is yes. Let’s look … Continued

How To Taste Beer

Beer comes in a wide variety of styles and colours. Some are big and bold while others are light and breezy; some are richly malty while others burst with citrusy aromas; some are purposefully sour while others might even be slightly salty. In other words, there’s a beer for everyone, and half the fun in … Continued

Partner Profile: Pacific FC

A local, professional soccer club will kick off its season as part of the brand new Canadian Premier League launching in late April. The Pacific Football Club will represent Vancouver Island in this seven-club league, which includes teams based in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, and Halifax — making it the first true coast-to-coast sports league … Continued

Partner Profile: Cascadia Liquor Stores

From its original store in Colwood, which opened in 2007, Cascadia Liquor has grown into one of Vancouver Island’s craft beer champions. Today, the Cascadia chain includes seven stores — five in Greater Victoria, one in Nanoose Bay, and one in Courtenay — with several more in the works. Island beer lovers already know that … Continued

Kick Off Victoria Beer Week with 15 brand new beers at Lift Off!

Victoria Beer Week begins with Lift Off! on Friday, March 1 where we will launch 15 brand new beers. As in the past, this opening night event features a wide range of beers from some of BC’s best breweries, including some new and trendy styles — spruce-tipped Brut IPA anyone?? — some old classics, and some new … Continued

Victoria Beer Week features full Beer School Curriculum

Victoria Beer Week has launched an expanded Beer School curriculum, with several classes running throughout the week from March 2-9. We are offering a class for everyone — from the novice to the expert and every beer student in between. VBW’s Beer School program is generously sponsored by CAMRA. Saturday, March 2 Cellar Dwellers Category … Continued

Special Hotel Rates During Victoria Beer Week

Joining us from out of town for Victoria Beer Week? Enjoy special hotel rates at the Inn at Laurel Point and Paul’s Motor Inn from March 1st-9th, 2019! Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal St Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8 BOOK WITH THIS LINK Paul’s Motor Inn 1900 Douglas St Victoria, BC V8T 4K8 BOOK USING … Continued

Victoria Beer Week 2019 Returns!

  Victoria Beer Week returns, March 1-9, 2019! The festival celebrating Victoria’s craft beer culture includes a mix of 12 events over 9 days, including some favourites from past years along with some bold new twists. The week opens with Lift Off! on March 1 and closes with Saturday Night Casks on March 9, both at the Victoria … Continued