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The latest news on what’s cooking at Flavour this year.

Phillips Brewery will be joining Flavour: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic to showcase samples of their latest brews to beer lovers.

Phillips is well known for their colourful line of refreshing craft beers that represent the classics of the trade, including crisp cold lagers, aromatic IPAs, robust ales and smoky porters. They also carry a varied list of seasonal brews with ingredients such as berries, pumpkin, honey and spice that highlight the changing bounty throughout the year.

One of Vancouver Island’s best known breweries, Phillips Brewery was started in early 2001 by Matt Phillips in Esquimalt BC. Lacking bank loans, Phillips relied on credit cards while working round the clock to grow his business.

Subsequent years of craft brewing success led Phillips Brewery to their current expanded location on upper Government St. in Victoria. But the business has always been a proudly local operation, right down to the ingredients.

Alistair, Oshea, and Jennifer from Phillips Brewery pictured here at the 2013 Flavour event. Once again, Phillips will be among a fine group of local breweries that also includes fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo's Longwood Brew Pub

Alistair, Oshea, and Jennifer from Phillips Brewery pictured here at the 2013 Flavour event. Once again, Phillips will be among a fine group of local breweries that also includes fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo’s Longwood Brew Pub.

“We try to source local ingredients from BC whenever possible,” says Alistair Logan who will be representing at Flavour this year. Recent examples have included BC hops, Babe’s Honey and a 60 mile blueberry Pale Ale.

Today, Phillips Brewmaster Damon Bell aka ‘Deebs’ comes up with annual additions to the Phillips line, as evidenced by their growing selection of brews. Included at Flavour this year will be the ever popular amber Blue Buck, known for its crisp finish and a delicate hop aroma. The Elsinore will also be on hand. A pale straw coloured beer with light citrus and sweet grasses, the Elsinore is cold-fermented and lightly hopped. And last but not least? Logan is mysterious with his answer, saying only that it will be a surprise new release for the Flavour crowd.

Phillips Brewery will be among a fine group of local breweries at Flavour that also include fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo’s Longwood Brew Pub.

Sold-out in its third straight year, Flavour is a culinary festival showcasing the talents of celebrated local chefs, brewers and vintners, farmers, and producers. This year’s event will host close to 1,000 guests and more than 40 exhibitors and suppliers from across the Island at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery on Sunday, September 21.

Proceeds directly support scholarships and bursaries for Professional Cook and Tourism & Hospitality students attending North Island College.

Our generous sponsors this year include RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery, The Eagle 97.3 FM, Comox Valley Echo, Thrifty Foods, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Cascadia Liquor Store, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, All in One Party Shop Event Rentals, Ambassador Shuttle Service, Lois Interiors, Destiny River Adventures, Fox & Bee Studio, Dialect, and EatDrinkMedia.ca.

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Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shuttle service to Flavour. Shuttle tickets are just $5 and by online reservation only.