From its original store in Colwood, which opened in 2007, Cascadia Liquor has grown into one of Vancouver Island’s craft beer champions.
Today, the Cascadia chain includes seven stores — five in Greater Victoria, one in Nanoose Bay, and one in Courtenay — with several more in the works. Island beer lovers already know that Cascadia’s craft beer selection is excellent, with a strong focus on local breweries as well as trendy, exciting breweries from the Mainland and beyond.
Here in Victoria, Cascadia is about to relaunch its flagship Quadra Village store in another building in the same plaza. The new location will be significantly expanded and modernized with wider aisles and a much larger selection for a better shopping experience. The store will have increased chill space, which will allow for more rare and interesting craft beers to be kept cold and ready to grab out of the fridge.
Perhaps most exciting about the new store will be its Tasting Bar. This community space will host a variety of tastings and educational events. There will be weekly tastings including some with a food component, as well as ticketed Master Classes for 15-20 people with proceeds from ticket sales going to a monthly charity partner, such as HeroWork, Power To Be or Surf Rider.
The new Quadra Village store will celebrate its Grand Opening on April 5-7. Visit the store that weekend to enter a contest for a Seattle Food and Beer experience. There will also be special tastings and food pairings, as well as live music on the Saturday.
Cascadia Liquor has also created a new Educational Trainer position, promoting the current Quadra store manager, Ann Brydle, into this role. She will be responsible for training employees throughout the chain, ensuring Cascadia’s focus on quality service.
As a Victoria Beer Society corporate partner, Cascadia Liquor is sponsoring Drink Your Hops & Eat ‘Em Too on Friday, March 8 at the Victoria Public Market. All attendees will receive a unique Beer Notes Book created by Cascadia just for the event. A limited number will also be available at the Quadra store’s Grand Opening.
Cascadia Liquor locations:
- Eagle Creek
- Nanoose Bay