Using a somewhat scientific method, McElroy and a select few tasters scored each brewery out of 50 points, with five distinct categories making up the total.
- QUALITY — 20 points: how do the beers generally taste?
- STANDOUT — 5 points: Do you have a favourite beer from the brewery?
- DIVERSITY — 10 points: How many selections do they have in the tap room?
- INNOVATION — 5 points: Do they put their own spin on beers?
- EXPERIENCE — 10 points: How did you feel coming away from the tasting room?
According to McElroy’s blog, “A score below 25 is bad. A score above 30 is fully acceptable. A score above 35 indicates real quality. A score above 40 is elite.”
As with any set of subjective rankings, McElroy’s have already generated some controversy. In fact, they’ve already drummed up dozens of not-so-supportive comments across social media and on Reddit:
— Jan Zeschky (@JanZeschky) March 1, 2018
Also of note, three breweries in the area have been excluded: Sooke Brewing Company and Bad Dog Brewing for being too new, and Mayne Island Brewing, because of its limited opening hours.
Justin McElroy’s Rankings of Victoria Breweries
*To be clear, Victoria Buzz doesn’t endorse these rankings.
|15||Vancouver Island Brewing||23.92|
|11||Moon Under Water||28.3|
|7||Salt Spring Ales||33.13|
|5||Axe & Barrel||35.6|
What do you think of this top 15? Let us know in the comments.