Everyone in Victoria knows (or ought to!) that Spinnakers was the first brewpub to open in Canada (up until just a couple of months before it opened on May 15, 1984, it was not legal to brew beer and serve it in the same building).
But what not many people know is how one Saanichton-based company supplies brewing equipment to craft breweries not just in Victoria, but all over the world.
“We have installed equipment for Hoyne, Driftwood, Canoe Club, Spinnaker’s, Moon Under Water, Lighthouse and Vancouver Island Brewery,” says Blaine Clouston, who leads sales at Specific.
Specific has also supplied a lot of Phillips’ brewing equipment, and is currently installing new kegs at their brewery on Government Street.
Located off Keating X Road, Specific Mechanical has fabricated over 500 stainless steel brewing systems worldwide and is largely recognized as one one of the top three craft brewing equipment manufacturers in North America.
“The majority of our brewing systems are located throughout the USA, however the Canadian market is growing quickly,” says Clouston. “Just in the past year, we fabricated four new brewing systems for customers on the lower mainland and Vancouver including 33 Acres Brewing, 4 Winds Brewing, Steel Toad Brewery and the Powell Street Craft Brewery.”
Beyond North America, Specific has has numerous brewing systems spread throughout the world including in England, Japan, Australia and China.
Specific Mechanical offers “styles” of brew houses, including a custom brew house designed to meet exact needs and specifications that is the most common the company manufactures. For smaller operations, Specific offers a pre-engineered skid mounted brewhouse, and an “all-in-one brewhouse” for true “microbreweries.”
Bonus Victoria beer brewing fact
You may have noticed that Driftwood brewery is recently released its first pilsner, called Pilsner Doehnel. Driftwood named the beer after local artisan maltster Mike Doehnel who grew and malted the barley used in the beer.
Driftwood describes the beer as a “dry, snappy North German-style Pils, lagered for six weeks and hopped generously.
Sounds like our new summer beer!