As Victoria’s craft beer specialty store, we load our fridges and shelves with an ever-changing selection of the best local and international brews.

Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 10

Plenty of new sour ales this week! Great for the hot weather! If you like something beyond basic kettle sours (of which we have many great ones), our hot tip is the Parallel 49 Son of a Peach Sour Weisse, which delivers a lot at a really good price. Also, we’re excited to get our first four brews from Courtenay’s Gladstone Brewing: IPA, Pilsner, Cream Ale and Belgian Single.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 30

July is typically a very busy month for us and we inevitably miss a tasting notes post or two. However, we’re sneaking one in before the end of July with a glimpse of what’s rolled in lately. We’d like to note up front that we’re bulking up our cider selection with some quality offerings! Check out our cider fridge when you’re in!

Also of note, we are working with 91.

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“Jenny’s Picks” From the Zone. 91.3 FM: July 12

The Zone @ 91-3 is excited to team with Cook St. Liquor to tell you about the newest in craft beer, affordable and specialty wines, local ciders, artisan spirits and other unique beverage selections in Victoria.

Once a month, The Zone’s Jenny West will head down to Cook St. Liquor and sample the newest arrivals to hit the shelves.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 10

A nice bunch of BC craft beer releases landed this week (which is par for the course these days), but we also received some cool European imports, as well. If you’re fan of barrel-aged sours, try the Lindemans Oude Gueuze pictured below. We also received some new ones (though not pictured) from Almanac in California, who are masters of farmhouse ales and barrel aged sours.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 2

Every week we think that there’s no way we can top the previous week as far as new craft beer arrivals go, but then we are proven wrong week in and week out. This was a banner week all around whether you like IPAs (Boombox, Howe Sound, Yellow Dog/Ravens, Parkside, Steel + Oak, Cannery), sours (Burdock, Steamworks, Wild Beer Co.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 25

Our big news from last week was that we now have a ton of cool Rewards that our Loyalty Program members can redeem their points on—everything from concert tickets for local shows and festivals to fun summertime swag and lots of brewery merch (using as little as 10 points!). For all the details, go here.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 18

It was another onslaught of new arrivals last week, and not just cans! There was a little bit of everything—and definitely plenty of interesting cans.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 12

We’re ramping up our selection and inventory for summer! So many new craft beer and cider arrivals. We have a whole section of our fridge dedicated to craft cider from BC and abroad. Check out three of our latest listed below. We also want to point out that we have a full array of beautiful (and tasty) Collective Arts cans from Ontario.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 5

For the first time in the six years we’ve been holding Friday staff tastings, every single one of the beers we tried (25 in all) were cans. There was not a single new arrival in a bottle of any description. Crazy, huh? There is definitely a shift toward packaging craft beer in cans, as evidenced by this week’s new arrivals from both BC and the US. This is the future of craft beer.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 1

More cans of fresh craft beer are showing up! Some we keep as 4pks, some we sell as singles. They are a great way to enjoy a single serving pint of beer. Less of a commitment than a bomber, more convenient to transport and if you assemble your own mixed 4pk, we’ll give you 5% off!

McAdam Urban Cider 4.7% 473ml (Quebec)
Pours a pale straw yellow colour.

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