(Photo rendering of Herald Street Brew Works/ Peter de Hoog, architect on behalf of Mike and Lee Spence)

A new brewery in downtown Vicotria has recently received licensing approval from Mayor and Council.

Herald Street Brew Works, owned by the proprietors of The Drake Eatery, Lee and Mike Spence, will be located at 506 Herald St.

The licensing application for the brewery originally asked for a capacity of 178 people and a closing time of 2 a.m. daily.

However, after receiving several letters that voiced concerns from residents, Victoria Police, and the Downtown Residents Association, council voted to amend the business’ hours of operation.

The brewpub’s license now requires its owners to limit closing hours to 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 12 a.m. on weekdays.

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In letters to council, owner Lee Spence outlined their plans for the establishment, stating that Herald Street Brew Works will be a “destination brewery”, with all products meant to be consumed on site in the Tasting Lounge, or packaged in personal sized containers for take-home.

Here’s what they plan to serve

At this time, the new pub expects to be an all ages venue, and proposes to serve rotating brews, a couple of guest beer taps, quality wines and cider, and Phillips sodas, juices, and sparkling water.

There will also be a variety of hot and cold prepared foods and snacks from The Drake Eatery, including nuts, pepperoni, cheese (including vegan cheese) and meat boards, and wrapped sandwiches available on site.

The owners’ letter also indicates that they hope to add a rooftop deck to the brewpub two years from now.

“The offerings, serving sizes, pricing, well trained staff and ‘family friendly’ atmosphere will encourage a responsible and respectful environment for our guest[s].”

While no specific opening date has been provided, Herald Street Brew Works could start serving patrons as early as this year.

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