Île Sauvage is one of the newer breweries to open up in Victoria. They specialize in sours so this was a must visit for us. They’re located in the same strip area as Pizzeria Prima Strada.
We dropped in on a Sunday afternoon (around 3:45pm) and it was non-stop busy. They’ve got a couple picnic table style seating upstairs along with the bar and a couple other seats on the main floor.
The one worker/co-owner was working non-stop filling crowlers, flights and engaging customers. Pretty impressive stuff.
Closeup of their growler machine.
Small merchandise section but liked the logo.
Some board games they had up front. Exploding Kittens is always fun.
There were 9 beers on tap along with three guest taps, Cultured Kombucha and snacks. Click here to see the now outdated menu.
Everything sounded great so we decided to get two flights (which is a rarity).
First flight was achtung berliner weisse (unexpectedly sour), violette sour (tart cranberry with a hit of hibiscus), cerise sour red (good but a slight medicinal aftertaste at the end) and loral Brett saison.
Second flight was the pineapple ginger gose (surprisingly gingery, subtle pineapple), covféfé imperial stout (strong, in your face coffee), verdoyant dry-hopped sour (floral tones) and abricot golden sour (ripe with apricot flavour).
Our favourites were the violette sour and abricot golden sour but the cerise sour red and berliner weise were also excellent.
There’s not many breweries where we like multiple beers but Île Sauvage was music to our ears.
Sour beer fans will be in heaven. Found our Canadian equivalent to Cascade Brewing Barrel House.
Île Sauvage Brewing Company
2960 Bridge Street