Cool down this summer with a little help from Spinnakers
It’s all about the little things in life. Like coming home from a long day at the office and cracking a cold one on a hot day. And we’ve had our share of heat this summer, that’s for sure. This is why we treat our hard working guests and tired travellers to a chilled artisan brew, provided by Victoria’s own Spinnakers Brewpub. Spinnakers is the oldest brewpub in Canada, opening for business in 1984. So check into your suite, get comfortable, and be sure to take a peek in your fridge; a chilled libation awaits you!
Here is a sample of Spinnakers feature beer and ciders we provide in each of our rental units:
West Song Wit:
Light, sessionable, and perfect for a hot day. This classic witbier was brewed with coriander, fresh orange zest, and Vancouver Island grown Red Fife wheat. At 4.5% alcohol, this one is light and easy drinking on Victoria’s summer days.
Red Fife Hefeweizen:
Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolized brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities. Craft beer at its finest.
House Dry Apple Cider:
Spinnakers craft ciders are made from freshly pressed 100% BC fruit varietals, each individually fermented and then blended and then back sweetened to taste with freshly pressed juice. This refreshingly dry cider packs a punch at 6.5% alcohol.
VIC Common Amber Lager:
To celebrate their brew #6100 in Roman Numerals – VIC, they offer a new take on a California Common. A “new world” malt forward amber lager featuring delicate caramel notes balanced by moderate bitterness and a light hop character. Enjoy now because this limited edition lager won’t be around forever!
When settling a guest into their apartment with Premiere Suites, I often spend a bit of time chatting with them about what they’d like to do in the city. Though I’ve only lived in Victoria for 4 years, I jumped straight into the tourism industry here and made a point of learning about all the great places to check out in town. In an effort to share some of that knowledge with our guests and readers, we’ll be featuring local establishments on our blog that come highly recommended either from our staff or guests.
This past weekend’s incredible weather led to a late afternoon stroll downtown with my husband, primarily with the intent of acquiring frozen yogurt and just enjoying the sunshine. As we came along Bastion Square, dear husband decided he’d like a beer and we headed straight for Garricks Head Pub. We’ve been there a few times and typically sit in the back restaurant section; this time we opted to sit at the bar and chat with their bartenders. They tell me that Garricks Head is the oldest pub in the city, and it’s certainly one of the oldest English pubs in Canada.
With a bar that’s approaching 40 feet in length and 55 beers on tap, Garricks Head has a selection that’s sure to please even the most discerning of pub visitors. Of their 55 taps only 12 are imports, which leaves 43 BC beers to make up the rest of their selection. I opted for the Whistler Brewing Company’s Bear Paw Honey Lager, while the husband enjoyed a Stanley Park Brewery 1897 Amber Ale. They also have a varied menu with plenty of traditional pub food including my favourite, deep fried pickles.
Speaking of the deep fried pickles, upon recommendation from Tyler the bartender, we ordered a couple of delicious bacon cheeseburgers and added the deep friend pickles to the burger. Sounds crazy, but it was absolutely incredible! Overall the food at Garricks Head has always been spot on; properly prepared, flavourful and delivered with a smile.
Located right at the entrance to Bastion Square and just across from The Bay Centre, Garricks Head Pub is centrally accessible to all of our suites. The closest buildings we offer to this location are The Sovereign and The Falls, but don’t let an extra few minutes of walking deter you; the tap selection, menu and staff are well worth it! In addition to plenty of indoor seating and a wood burning fireplace next to the open concept kitchen, you also have the option of taking in fresh air on the outdoor patio.
Guest Services Manager
Premiere Suites Victoria