Sooke Oceanside Brewery brewer Garritt Lalonde with the winning Renfrew Red Ale. The brew won a silver medal at the recent B.C. Beer Awards and Festival, held in Vancouver. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Oceanside Brewery on top of B.C. Beer Awards

Local brewery takes silver at eighth annual competition

Sooke has some pretty good beers, according to Sooke Oceanside Brewery owner Ryan Orr.

And he’s got the award to prove it.

SOB won second place for its Renfrew Red Ale in the Scottish and Irish Ale category at the eighth annual B.C. Beer Awards and Festival, held in Vancouver last month. The beer was created by local brewer Garritt Lalonde.

This was the first year SOB took part in the contest, which includes craft breweries from across the province. More than 800 beers were entered in several categories.

The win was welcomed by Orr, who started SOB just over a year ago.

“We’re flying with this win. It shows we’re on the right track,” he said.

RELATED: Beer pours at new brewery

Orr, a professional chef for more than 20 years, hopes this is just phase one of a bigger plan: bringing a restaurant and brewery to the Sooke waterfront.

“This is my phase one, to get it out there,” he said.

The brewery, which has six taps, offers four deeply-flavoured beers, or what Orr calls the “flagships” of SOB: Renfrew Red Ale, Irish Red Ale, Bonfire Blonde Ale, Boneyard IPA and Stiff Jab Pale Ale.

“I wasn’t really confident that it would succeed, but I didn’t know to what extent. I’m absolutely surprised how fast the business has grown,” Orr said.

And the success of SOB isn’t going unnoticed. A second brewery – Sooke Brewing Company – opened its doors on Otter Point Road earlier this month, and a third is in the planning stages.

Just Posted

Three suspicious fires in Saanich under investigation

Saanich Fire are currently investigating three suspicious spot-fires in Saanich’s Panama Flats… Continue reading

Victoria police find woman hiding replica handgun in purse

Officers used de-escalation training with woman in downtown alley

Saanich seals history with time capsule

Saanich will re-open time capsule in 2067

Short trip to car-free Sidney Spit offers camping, beaches, hikes

Sidney Spit is part of B.C.’s Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine ecosystem

Heat warning issued for Vancouver Island

Temperatures expected to cool down later this week

VIDEO: Visual recap of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth, Passenger, Arlo Guthrie among highlights

Trudeau’s youth council divided over Trans Mountain pipeline purchase

A letter signed by 16 past and present members was made public today, asking the federal government to reverse course

Hulk Hogan reinstated into wrestling Hall of Fame

Hogan had used racial slurs caught on video when talking about his daughter sleeping with a black man

Island wide crime spree leads to multiple charges against Cowichan Valley resident

Social Media and citizens of the North Island played a big role in solving the case.

‘Lava bomb’ through roof of tour boat injures 22 in Hawaii

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers”

B.C. teen meets Nicolas Cage

Filming mob movie in downtown Vernon, B.C.

Critics claim Trump “defended a tyrant”

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

B.C. MLAs choose new children’s watchdog

Jennifer Charlesworth has worked in government, social services

Most Read