Historic brewpub damaged by blaze dedicates new beer to firefighters
Victoria firefighters are being honoured not with a plaque, but a beer for making quick work of a fire that threatened to severely damage Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub. Dec. 29, 2016. (Spinnakers.com)
Jeff Lawrence, CTV Vancouver Island
Published Thursday, December 29, 2016 3:53PM PST
Last Updated Thursday, December 29, 2016 4:01PM PST
Victoria firefighters are being honoured not with a plaque, but a beer for making quick work of a fire that threatened to severely damage a historic brewpub last month.
Spinnakers, Canada’s oldest brewpub, was damaged in the Nov. 23 fire but staff credited first responders for extinguishing the blaze before it could do further damage to the historic building.
The pub, and more recently the restaurant, have already reopened.
On Thursday, Spinnakers unveiled the newest addition to its lineup of house-brewed beers: Fireman’s Session Thirst Extinguisher.
The 4.2 per cent alcohol lager is a “hopped up west coast session lager, light in body with a delicate citrus aroma,” according to the brewpub’s website.
The company says the beer, which features a drawing of a Victoria firefighter in full gear, is “an expression of our gratitude for the diligence and sensitivity of the dedicated crew who fought a great battle and saved our historic brewpub.”
Not only is the lager dedicated to local firefighters, but partial proceeds from sales of the beer will go to the Fireman’s Burn Fund, which provides support and services for burn victims in B.C.
The beer will start canning this weekend, and will not go on sale until 2017.