You can learn a lot about a culture through its food and liquor, and this tour into Victoria’s sizzling scene does not disappoint! Discover Sea Cider, a new hotspot on the city’s radar and a total feast for the senses. Along with Cider samples, you will be treated to West Coast charcuterie, which includes local cheeses, Red Barn sausage, smoked salmon dip, dijon mustard, bread, crackers, pickles and olives. Did I mention the view? Take in the breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas at this award-winning cidery. From there you will head to the Victoria Caledonian Brewery and Distillery, a popular brewery offering the best single malts and pot still whiskies in the finest Scottish tradition. Sip on a refreshing IPA beer or robust porter as you learn about the distilling process. With an award-winning maturation expert and a seasoned master distiller who grew up in the business, you are in for a treat.
Sea Cider opened its farm gate for business in 2007 when owner Kristen Jordan purchased the property with a vision of creating an organic farm and orchard and producing traditional fermented artisan ciders. Since then, They’ve grown to an annual cider production of over 7,000 cases and growing. They continue to pride themselves on crafting traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown apples, and their award-winning cider is now available throughout B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Washington State, Illinois and Oregon.
Relax at their ciderhouse, and drink in the panoramic water views overlooking the orchard across the Haro Straight to James Island. Enjoy a flight of ciders paired with organic cheese and other local delectables. Top off your visit with a tour and browse their selection of hand crafted farm product.
Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery
Using traditional Scottish methods, Victoria Caledonian makes premium single malt whiskies and superb craft beers that are inspired by the poems of Robert Burns. Come and visit with them for an experiential tour of whisky and beer making and see how beer and whisky pairs with your favourite foods from chocolates to cheese to oysters. Their kilted tour guides will emerge you in an experience of education and fun and, of course, you will get to sample many of their beers and whiskies.
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