Friday, October 21, 2011

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub: Victoria B.C.

Overlooking Victoria's scenic inner harbour, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, serves creative West Coast fare in a casual and inviting traditional pub-style atmosphere. As Canada's oldest brewpub, Spinnakers boasts some of the finest hand-pumped ales, which are served by the glass, pint and pitcher. You can even stop by at the malt brewery and take home a bottle of Spinnakers naturally brewed malt vinegar or visit their on site deli for an array of artisanal cheeses, house smoked salmon and trout and a fragrant selection of outstanding freshly baked breads. 

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria B.C.

Chef Ali Ryan uses only the purest, freshest ingredients in Spinnakers treasured recipes, from local organic Vancouver Island produce, to grain fed Highland beef, Metchosin turkey, Wild Pacific Salmon, fresh Pacific halibut, and free range eggs. Even the fresh herbs used in Spinnakers dishes are picked from the restaurant's own gardens. Sommelier Brian Storen is on hand to pair up any of the Gastropub's dishes with a selection of B.C. wines or Spinnakers own unique handcrafted ales, brewed with the finest imported hops, grains and local ingredients such as farm fresh raspberries in their Summer Raspberry Ale, and locally grown old world grains for Spinnakers King Tut’s Tipple.

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub Chef Ali Ryan and Sommelier Brian Storen

The dinner menu features such farm to table fare as Three Baked Outlandish Oysters with Fraser Valley raised locally produced Capicolla ham and Dragonfly Farm leeks, topped with Spinnakers Tsarist Stout béchamel; West Coast  Shellfish Cioppino with Cowichan Bay Seafood Co.'s local spot prawn tails, Outlandish clams and Whaletown's swimming scallops steamed in a local tomato, smoked oyster, leek and India Pale Ale broth, served with grilled baked sourdough bread with garden herbs and garlic; and Gulf Island Clam & Sausage Pasta with Orr’s Butcher italian sausage sautéed with onions & garlic with house made marinara topped with moonstruck’s organic feta & fresh parsley; and Wild Pacific Fish & Chips, with local Halibut, Kennebec Frites, B.C. cabbage coleslaw and house made tartar sauce.

Three enormous baked Outlandish oysters with Spinnakers Tsarist Stout Béchamel

West Coast Shellfish Cioppino with local Spot Prawns and Outlandish Clams 
and Whaletown's Swimming Scallops

Spinnakers Wild Pacific Fish & Chips, with locally caught Halibut and organic potato frites

Gulf Island Clam & Sausage Pasta

Fresh baked desserts and handmade truffles are served for the final touch, and conveniently available in the small patisserie located at the front of the restaurant. Spinnakers own Malt Vinegar is served in the restaurant, brewed from Jamesons Scottish Ale. Consistently voted Victoria's most popular restaurant by the Globe & Mail, Spinnakers is a high energy local favourite, featuring the best the island has the offer, and a view that's hard to beat.