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: Oct. 17

October rocks! This is an interesting time for new craft beer releases, as we are getting both pumpkin ales and fresh-hopped ales—both of which come and go quickly. Lots of interesting imports arriving from both the US and Europe, as well.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Oct. 1

As you can see below, the first fresh-hopped/wet-hopped brews have arrived, including the industry standard Driftwood Sartori Harvest Wet-Hopped IPA. Brewers are doing some interesting things this year with fresh hops, including a wild ale (C12), a pale ale with grape must (Phillips) and even a blonde IPA (R & B).

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Sept. 24

The pumpkin spice beers continue to roll in, as others sell out. If you’re a fan of this style, grab these as they arrive as they disappear quickly. We received two new ones this week from Steamworks and Fernie. You can find them in our “Pumpkin Patch” at the front of the store.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: September 18

The weather has sure taken a turn toward the cooler fall temps, even though we technically have a few days of summer left. With the cooler weather comes the arrival of the pumpkin spice beers and ciders! We have a small (but growing) “Pumpkin Patch” at the front of the store where you can find all of these limited releases. Also check out our growing selection of single tall cans (473ml).

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 28

Lots of exciting developments this week. First, take note of the delicious Merridale Cider—Merri Berri, Mo’ Moro and POG—now available in tall cans (473ml)! These will be hot sellers for their great serving size and ease of portability.

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Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 22

This week’s new releases were pretty well split between fruit ales (and ciders) and IPAs. We have some really tasty versions of both, loaded with great summery flavours.

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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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