The Victoria Beer Society started as a collaborative vision shared between bar managers, beer reps, brewers, local stakeholders and chefs, all coming together with the intent to celebrate what makes our cities craft beer scene vibrant. Victoria Beer Week launched in 2014 as an annual craft beer festival showcasing craft beer in a variety of unique venues around Greater Victoria. In 2018, the Victoria Beer Society regrouped to reflect on our achievements and assess what’s next. As a result of this process, we decided to rebrand as the Victoria Beer Society with an expanded calendar of events and new membership program developed for Victoria’s craft beer consumers. In 2019, we had the honour of producing Canada’s oldest beer festival, Great Canadian Beer Festival, which will return to Royal Athletic Park in September 2022.
Our mandate is for education and diversity in Victoria’s craft beer landscape. With a focus on quality over quantity, the Victoria Beer Society is a membership-driven community of like-minded individuals who share a common passion for BC craft beer. We believe the consumer wants not only choice, but also the opportunity to learn about what they consumer.
In 2022, we are hoping to pick up right where we left off in 2020. The Victoria Beer Society is preparing a full calendar in 2022, featuring our flagship events, Victoria Beer Week and Great Canadian Beer Festival, as well as some new opportunities to re-engage our loyal craft beer lovers. While some events feature beer-forward programming, others maintain focus on culture and community building (with a diverse selection of BC craft beer of course!).