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Bet you did see that one coming!

With brewing companies like Hoyne, Driftwood, and Spinnakers (that’s just off the top of our heads), it’s no wonder that Victoria was ranked among the crème de la crème of the world’s beer cities.

The list was published by American entertainment site Uproxx, and features 30 cities that boast some of the best lagers, IPAs, and stouts in the world.

Victoria comes in at a hearty number 17, and is described as having a “very British pub culture underpinning a hip and crafty beer scene.” They also call Vancouver Island one of the most magical places on the planet (damn straight!)

We’re one of the only three Canadian cities to make it to the list, sharing the stage with Toronto (#11) and Regina (#23).

Also not surprising is the top 5 list, which features three cities from Germany (Oktoberfest, anyone?!), Prague and Brussels.

Check out the full list:

  1. Bamberg, Germany
  2. Prague, Czech Republic
  3. Munich, Germany
  4. Brussels, Belgium
  5. Berlin, Germany
  6. London, UK
  7. Dublin, Ireland
  8. Tallinn, Estonia
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Grand Rapids (MI), USA
  11. Toronto, Canada
  12. Asheville (NC), USA
  13. Rome, Italy
  14. Seattle (WA), USA
  15. Cape Town, South Africa
  16. Portland (OR), USA
  17. Victoria, Canada
  18. Portland (ME), USA
  19. San Diego (CA), USA
  20. Boulder (CO), USA
  21. Melbourne, Australia
  22. Tokyo, Japan
  23. Regina, Canada
  24. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  25. Chicago (IL), USA
  26. Bangkok, Thailand
  27. Tel Aviv, Israel
  28. St. Louis (MO), USA
  29. Vilnius, Lithuania
  30. Warsaw, Poland

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