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Island Pacific Brewing was founded in 1984 by small business owners in southern Vancouver Island. We moved into a facility in central Saanich and serviced the pubs on the Island with brands such as Goldstream Lager, Hermann’s Dark Lager and Piper’s Pale Ale. In 1987, Hermann Hoerterer brewed the first batch of Hermannator — a special gift for his close friends. It was the first “specialty” beer to be packed in Victoria in decades. Outgrowing our home in central Saanich in the mid-90s, we moved to our current home on Government Street in 1996, accompanied by a name-change to Vancouver Island Brewery. The facility was purpose-built and was the first production brewery in Victoria since Labatt levelled the old Victoria-Phoenix Brewery in 1982. Vancouver Island Brewing completed renovations in 2017 which helped to modernize the aging facility. Over our history, Vancouver Island Brewery has only ever had two Brewmasters, Hermann and Ralf Pittroff. Ralf became the brewmaster in 2001. Combined, they have created dozens of champion beers, many of which are immortalized in the form of medals, certificates, steins and trophies.

Insider’s Tip

Pop by our store on Government Street for tours, tastings and merchandise!


Marker Location
2330 Government Street Victoria, BC Canada V8T 5G5 Victoria
Car 7 min Drive
Distance From Downtown

Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing, Government Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

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