(Image / Whistle Buoy Brewing Company Instagram)

An awesome new summer destination for fans of local craft beer has just opened its doors in downtown Victoria!

First opened on Friday, July 26th in the historic Market Square, Whistle Buoy Brewing Company is a brand new brewery and lounge that specializes in making small batches of rotating beers that are brewed on-site.

Unlike other taprooms or bars, Whistle Buoy Brewing Company has a unique “tank to glass” brewing model meaning the beers you taste will be freshly made on-site and poured directly into your pints.

Besides sipping on delicious beers, guests can also munch on tasty sandwiches and snacks made daily by Little June cafe in Fernwood.

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Whistle Buoy is owned and operated by five partners who are all in their late 20s and early 30s, with their head brewer, Matt West-Patrick having years experience in the beer industry — most recently brewing with Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

“It’s been a dream of mine to make lots of interesting beers and serve them to a small audience in a cool space,” said West-Patrick in a statement.

“We’re now doing exactly that and it’s really exciting for me.”

The brewery and lounge is located at unit 63 in Market Square. It features 51 indoor seats and a 57-seat patio for those who want to soak up some sun.

For night owls who are more interested in late-night festivities, Whistle Buoy is opened late, with weekend hours that run until midnight, and weekday hours that go as late as 11:00 p.m.

“Inspired by the natural beauty and urban energy of coastal BC, Whistle Buoy exists to offer fresh, local, beer in a community space in Market Square, the heart of downtown Victoria,” reads their official description.

“Our tank-to-glass model allows people to get up close and personal with the brewing process and consume local products in an inclusive environment.”