Take a Local Liquor Tour This Summer
It’s no secret that our community is known for its art, music, culinary delights and outdoor pursuits. Over the years we’ve been adding to our awesomeness with a hardy selection of award-winning craft beers, wines, ciders, and spirits produced right here in our vibrant community.
If you haven’t already experienced the array of local liquor, the warm summer months are the perfect excuse to grab your favourite people and start sipping around the Comox Valley. Stay safe by hopping on two wheels, walking if you’re lucky to live close enough, or calling in a designated driver.
Savour Wonderful Wines
The largest grape winery in the Comox Valley grows and crafts top-quality wines that are distinct to Vancouver Island. With plenty of love and knowledge, 40 Knots creates an ethical product that is clean—each wine is produced without chemicals and unnatural preservatives from British Columbia grapes.
Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, you can enjoy a complimentary tasting and take a tour year-round. Stay and drink in the luscious scenery from the vineyard balcony or terrace. Savour your glass of wine by pairing it with a European style picnic, packed full of local cheeses, baguettes, smoked salmon, and 40 Knots’ very own pickled grapes.
Once you visit, you will fall in in love with 40 Knots, and start planning your next visit or future event. They are the perfect destination for business conferences, weddings, family gatherings, birthdays, and seasonal celebrations.
Owned by James and Suzy Cameron, and managed by Mark and Freya Timmermans, Beaufort produces a delectable selection of award-winning wines—Pinot Gris, Ortega, Rosé, Merlot, and more.
Beaufort encourages guests to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before or after a tasting. Their fine wines are readily available for consumption in the picnic area. The atmosphere will have you wanting to stay for hours, so pack a few blankets to make your visit comfy and cozy.
Open 12pm to 5pm, Friday through Sunday throughout the summer months—and into the fall—make sure Beaufort is on your list of places to visit this summer. Definitely mark Saturday, July 27 on your calendars for Summer Trivia on the Lawn. All proceeds are going to support LUSH Valley.
Beaufort is also open for private tours and tastings during the off-season, by appointment only. They are also open a few select weekends in December, so check their website and social media for more info.
Head over to visit Marla and George at Blue Moon for an intimate tasting experience like no other. They create a unique variety of craft ciders and fruit wines from British Columbia fruit—plenty of which is grown on their beautiful farm.
In the Cider House, try a complimentary tasting of delicious dry ciders. Just be sure to check their hours before heading over.
Coastal Black is a family owned and operated fruit winery and cidery located on beautiful property. Four generations work together to produce award-winning wine, cider, fresh market fruit and vegetables, and raw honey.
June through September they welcome guests seven days a week from 12pm to 7pm. They also host special holiday events like their annual Pumpkin Fest. It’s something for the whole family you won’t want to miss!
Dip into Satisfying Spirits
Honey is a healthy, delightful sustainable resource. That’s why Wayward produces their sippable honey-based spirits from 100% British Columbia honey. In fact, they are Canada’s first distillery to produce such an exceptional product.
Stop by for a complimentary taste, and stay for a tour with their friendly crew. They love visitors and happily share the art of distilling with them.
Located on 380 acres of seaside farmland just down the road in Oyster River, Shelter Point uses traditional Scottish distilling methods to produce small batches of artisan whisky and vodka in a state-of-art facility.
Tours and tastings are free! Take yourself on a tour Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Tastings are available 7 days a week from 12pm to 5pm, so be sure to set aside some time for both. Private tours are also available, and—if you fall in love—the location makes a fantastic venue for your special event.
Tap into Creative Craft Beers
Cumberland Brewing (CBC) has been pleasing palates since 2014 with four core beers and a rotating selection of collaborations, one-offs, and weekly casks. Check their Facebook page for current offerings.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, you’ll stop in for a pint and leave with a growler—or two! The atmosphere is welcoming, and renovations have increased their seating capacity. Plus, they offer an extensive selection of fantastic food made on site.
Located at the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay, Forbidden’s lounge offers an intimate location to enjoy a pint of their fantastic brews. They offer an award-winning Forbidden Pale Ale. IPA, Stout, and Saison.
For those wanting them, they also have Lone Tree Cider and Hoyne Pilsner on tap. Check their Facebook page for current offerings and updated hours.
With a focus on Belgian ales, European lagers, and Pacific Northwest style India pale ales, Gladstone is always worth a visit. The atmosphere is comfortable and laid-back, scattered with 1940s oil cans, hubcaps, and tool boxes.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, Gladstone is an awesome place to share a pint and a meal with friends. Their burger bar features delicious, locally seasoned ingredients, and their large covered patio is a great place to sit back and relax. Well-behaved dogs are welcome!
Newly opened in Comox, Land & Sea is the perfect place for family, friends, and community to gather. Offering a wide selection on-site crafted beer and a selection of fabulous food to accompany, it’s the perfect place to unwind any day of the week.
Go check out their events calendar for fun events at the brewery. Mark your calendar for Name That Tune—the next one happens on July 9 and the staff play along!
Click on the name of each producer to get further acquainted!
We proudly serve wines from Beaufort, Blue Moon, and 40 Knots, as well as freshly tapped beer from CBC!
*Since the publication of this post, two more breweries have opened in The Comox Valley. The next time you take yourself on a liquor tour, be sure to stop by Ace Brewing (2019) and New Tradition Brewing (2019).