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Updated: 135-seat brewpub with rooftop patio eyed for lower Herald Street in Victoria's Old Town

An architectural rendering of a brewpub planned for 506 Herald Street in downtown Victoria's Old Town. 135-seats are envisioned, together with a rooftop seating area.  de Hoog & Kierulf Architects/Mike & Lee Spence

Updated: 135-seat brewpub with rooftop patio eyed for lower Herald Street in Victoria's Old Town
CITIFIED STAFF, CITIFIED.CA
March 16, 2019 update: Victoria council's March 14 committee of the whole meeting supported the proposal, although the subsequent council meeting referred the proposal back to staff for additional discussion on operating times.
 
The City of Victoria has issued a building permit allowing the conversion of a lower Herald Street retail space into a brewpub.
 
Earlier this year local chapter of The Campaign for Real Ale, a consumer-lead beer advocacy group, confirmed the proprietors of lower Pandora Avenue's The Drake beer parlour and New Westminster's Steel & Oak Brewing Company were partnering on a 135-seat brewery at 506 Herald Street.
 
Architectural plans developed by Victoria-based de Hoog & Kierulf Architects show a two level operation that will introduce the region's first rooftop brewpub tasting room.
 
In a statement issued by Mike and Lee Spence of The Drake, the operation is described as being focused on "a small-batch, experimental, ever-changing line up of beers." Initial plans do not include a distribution component nor will a kitchen facility be present on-site, but nibbles will be available, the duo says.
 
Once open in late 2019 or early 2020, the region's latest brewpub will be a stone's throw from Phillips' Brewing & Malting Co.'s Discovery Street tasting room that opened earlier this year and minutes from Vancouver Island Brewery on upper Government Street where management only days ago  applied to the City of Victoria for their own take on a brewpub-style tasting room. C
 
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