A little about us
Vancouver Island Brewing is made up of a group of passionate, inspired people. We are proud to be driving innovation in an industry that we helped pioneer in British Columbia. We brew a selection of beers that can accompany you on all your adventures.
We’re committed to producing fun, authentic, shareable brews. We never compromise on quality, and that is reflected in all the beers that we make. It’s our commitment to you that when you choose Vancouver Island Brewing, you’ll always get our best.
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 Vancouver 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.
We outgrew our home in central Saanich in the mid-90s and 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 downtown 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.
Danny joined us from Parallel 49 Brewing in 2016 with the goal of modernizing our recipe development and production processes. Coming from an academic background, he has taken to approaching craft beer from a technical perspective, but he is still a homebrewer at heart. Danny also has a thirst for beer education, taking part in CAMRA courses to a two-week course in Taiwan in November 2016.
Levi has sold everything from watches to cars. However, one day she decided she wanted to sell what she truly loves — beer. Nowadays, Levi ensures Vancouver’s liquor stores and bars are well stocked with tasty VI beer. In her spare time, Levi makes leather goods and sells them locally.
Leah joned VI Brewing in 2012 and is one of the friendly people answering your calls. Thoughtful and incredibly organized, she enjoys playing a game with the Marketing Execution Manager where she intentionally wears the same colour pants as him every single day.
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