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#821 Mike K.

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 06:37 AM

Sooke Oceanside Brewery to close its current location; relocate to 5700-block of Sooke Road

 

Sooke Oceanside Brewery is closing its brewery and tasting room on Sooke Road at Laidlaw Road adjacent to the Esso gas station, and relocating to the 5700-block of Sooke Road next to a surf and bicycle shop.

 

The current brewery will close this Sunday after five years at its location.

 

“We are extremely excited for our new location,” says operator Ryan Orr. “We will have 14 taps featuring our award winning beers as well as some non-beer options.”

 

The new brewery space at 5781 Sooke Road will also feature a larger tasting room/lounge and views of the Sooke Basin. Eventually, Orr says, food options from the brewery will be available but until then food trucks will operate alongside the lounge. The crew is working to open the new space “ASAP,” although no opening date has been published yet.


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#822 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 10:20 AM

Upcoming Events

 

2021

Rock Bay Jamboree – CANCELLED
September 17th-18th

Given the recent health announcements we have made the decision to postpone the inaugural Rock Bay Jamboree. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to creating positive and safe events very soon!

Lager than Life 
October 8th – Tickets to be released soon! Follow us on Instagram for more updates.

Fresh to Death
October 9th – Tickets to be released soon! Follow up on Instagram for more updates.

 

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#823 amor de cosmos

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 12:28 PM

first look at the hudson's beer lineup https://www.facebook...udsonbrewhouse/

if the capacity is 300+ & they hope to pack it out on a regular basis i wouldn't expect anything too weird from this place. the strawberry blonde seems to be inspired by fuggles & warlock's strawberry wit which does really well for them. the other two also look very accessible. on the other hand if these first beers go over well that could enable them to do more nerdy stuff for the ~10 guests who would try a taster of it. i just can't picture 300+ guests going for something dumb like an experimental bacon-doughnut beer though, or even something not dumb like a chipotle rauchbier, however good it might be.


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#824 pontcanna

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 01:43 PM

Millstream Beverage Co. is now open, at the old Axe and Barrel/Blackhops (V2V) site in Langford (2323 Millstream). I hope they make a go of it, demographically there should be more than enough room for a brewpub in the area. However, I understand they are selling the remaining beer from the last brewers (albeit at a low price) so I'm gonna wait until their own brews are available before visiting and passing judgement :)


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#825 Mike K.

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Posted 06 November 2021 - 05:39 AM

Would this be the fourth incarnation of a business there?

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 05:29 AM

Driftwood Brewery moves operations to Esquimalt, opens tasting lounge, distillery

By: Darron Kloster

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"We're hearing from people that Esquimalt really needs a place like this for locals, especially since the closure of Gorge Point Pub," says Driftwood Brewery's Gary Lindsay.

Driftwood Brewery is under one roof in Esquimalt. Finally.

The craft brewer had been splitting its brewing and bottling operations on either side of the Bay Street bridge for more than four years.

This month, Driftwood is not only producing and ­packaging its popular beers in a 59,000-square-foot space at 836 Viewfield Road, but ­adding a new retail outlet, a 60-seat patio and 60-seat tasting lounge, commercial kitchen and spirits distillery.
 


#827 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 05:31 AM

Some of these tasting rooms have all the atmosphere of a hospital cafeteria. 



#828 amor de cosmos

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 07:53 AM

they're not pubs, they're tasting rooms



#829 Klapecki

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 08:02 AM

There are only a few local tasting rooms. Which specifically would you describe as a cafeteria?

Some of these tasting rooms have all the atmosphere of a hospital cafeteria.



#830 Mike K.

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 08:14 AM

Phillips is probably the gold standard in town.

Sooke is the most west coasty.

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#831 Klapecki

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 08:24 AM

Superflux Cabana opens this weekend

https://www.cheknews...2p1xmR778fc7OIw

#832 Spy Black

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 08:32 AM

Driftwood makes some of the finest beer on the Island. (Fat Tug for example!).

I'm glad they're seeing enough success to support this large expansion.

It's also a fantastic food and beverage boost for the Township of Esquimalt, a muni that's definitely on a major upswing in every way.

 

It's these kinds of shifts that (piece by piece) slowly steal the thunder from the COV, moving it elsewhere in the CRD.



#833 SimonH

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Posted 13 November 2021 - 01:41 PM

Highly recommend their New Growth pale ale,


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#834 FogPub

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Posted 14 November 2021 - 01:06 AM

they're not pubs, they're tasting rooms

Charis? Tables? Beer?  People to chat with?

 

Sounds pub-like enough for me. :)



 



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