All Natural Since 1984.
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.
Passion, On Tap.
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 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.