4 Mile Brewing Company

4 Mile Brewing Company

199 Island Highway
Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 1G1


Year Established: 2014


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This has been brewing for a long time. First you have two 1960’s free-spirits up in the Yukon who get hitched, way back when, under the pale moon light of the Northern Lights, with a Shaman for a priest. With just that opening you know it’s going to get interesting. They set about to pop-out a bushel of children; okay, five. Then lock, stock, and over a barrel, they moved the entire brood to Victoria and bought a floundering historical landmark pub. Why you ask? Why not, and anyway, they loved beer. A pub seemed like a good idea at the time. Still does. Now the building itself had a lot of dubious history dating from as far back as 1858. Not only had it morphed physically many times, but it had been everything from a four mile ‘stop along the way’ road house, to a hang-out for bootleggers, and brothel broads, ghosts, sea captains and suffragettes, and priests, paupers and just plain folk. And at the heart of it all, it had always served beer – legal or otherwise; mostly otherwise. In 1980, Wendy & Graham Haymes, the aforementioned up-yonder Northern Light types, bought the pub, and made things legal by acquiring a proper liquor licence. Furthermore, they made it a family affair. Grandparents, siblings, kids and cousins – everyone was sucked into the Four Mile vortex. Even today, at last count, there are more than a baker’s dozen family members, ranging in age from the high 60s to mid-20s, involved in the day-to-day running of the business. But let’s get back to beer. Real beer. Storied beer. Damn good beer. One of the siblings, Doug White, set forth on a personal quest to seek out good beer. He made it as far as England. Here he found a fine brewery (Ringwood), a teacher (Alan Pugsley), and a place to study his passion. He studied a long time and drank a lot of beer. Years after his return from his beer vision quest, the family discussions always centered on brewing their own Four Mile beer. So select members of the family clan headed off to England to collectively drink a lot of beer and test their theory. Then they went to New England, and drank a lot more beer just to make sure. The craft beer business in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in Canada and the US was burgeoning. It was finally time to get off the pot, fire up the kettle and brew some good beer. 2013 saw a brewing system from England – Peter Austin Brick Kettle Brewing System (for you beer hipsters) – rumble into Four Mile House. Along with time-honoured British recipes, Doug’s old mentor Alan Pugsley, a lot of trial, error and experimentation, (and of course sampling), Four Mile Brewery was launched in early 2014. Then what happened? A happy hoppy marriage of West Coast vibe meeting traditional British know-how to create a distinctive fresh clean family of beers, run by a family of beer connoisseurs. Ask yourself beer drinkers, who do you want brewing your beer?

ID: 11578 Last updated 1 week ago Added to database 6 years ago

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Most Drunk: None
Highest Rated: 4 Mile Bourbon Barrel Aged English Strong [3.250]
Most Reviewed: 4 Mile Powder Keg India Pale Ale [1]


Beer | Style | ABV Score
4 Mile Bourbon Barrel Aged English Strong
English Strong Ale| 9 %
3.250 (1)
4 Mile Brothel Brown Ale
Brown Ale| 5.3 %
4 Mile Cactus Grapefruit IPA
IPA| 6 %
3.125 (1)
4 Mile Chocolate Porter
Porter| 7 %
4 Mile Comfortably Numb English Strong Ale
English Strong Ale| 6.9 %
4 Mile Dockyard Golden Ale
Blonde Ale| 4.6 %
4 Mile Jack Tar Black IPA
American Black Ale| 5.8 %
4 Mile Oatmeal Stout
Oatmeal Stout| 4.5 %
4 Mile Olde 39 Pale Ale
English Pale Ale| 5.1 %
4 Mile Powder Keg India Pale Ale
IPA| 6 %
3.075 (1)
4 Mile Stiff Upper Sip Bourbon Oak Aged English Strong Ale
English Strong Ale| 8.2 %
3.125 (1)
4 Mile Sweet Potato Harvest Spiced Ale
Spiced Beer| 5.8 %
4 Mile Thunder Bomber IPA
Imperial IPA| 9 %
3.200 (1)
4 Mile Tight Head Best British Ale
Bitter| 4.3 %
4 Mile White Lady Summer Wheat Ale
American Wheat| 4.5 %

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