It’s being reported that Phillips Brewing has applied to the City of Victoria to gain approval to open a 35,000 square foot tasting room and bar in the building adjacent to its current growler bar, which was recently vacated by the previous tenant.
The space has been vacant for a while and pretty much everyone who goes into the growler room has been asking if it will be converted a tasting room for a while now. The answer has always been, “maybe…” **wink wink** So this comes as no real surprise to regulars.
Tasting rooms like this are the norm in Vancouver, but Victoria has been far behind its mainland colleges for many years. The first real tasting room on the peninsula was Category 12 in Saanich, which was followed a year later by Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery. Recently Vancouver Island Brewery reopened with a swanky new tasting room, so it seems only fit for Phillips to follow suite.
The proposal is for a 42-seat tasting room and retail outlet, including a 10-seat bar with four eight-seat tables
Check out this artist’s rendition of the new space: