Victoria’s Newest Craft Brewery Opening December 19th
Victoria, British Columbia December
Just in time for Christmas, Category 12 Brewing will open its doors and its taps for all Victoria craft beer fans to revel in.
Category 12 Brewing is located on Keating Cross Rd. in Central Saanich and will be the only brewery on the Saanich Peninsula. The brewery will have a tasting room where people can come in to buy growlers (refillable glass jugs of fresh draught beer), 650 mL bottles or have a taste of the brewery’s offerings.
Michael and Karen Kuzyk are the founders and operators of Category 12 Brewing. Michael has a PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry from UVic, practising as a scientist for his whole professional career up until this point. “I started homebrewing during grad studies first as a necessity, but it quickly became a passion of mine. I wanted to turn my passion into my full time occupation so I could really explore the creativity of industrial fermentation and, most importantly, share it with others!”
Michael plans to be creating mostly Belgian influenced and PacificNorthwest style beers. The brewery is launching with a Saison and a Black IPA. The Saison and a Pale Ale (coming by mid January) will become the year round beers for Category 12 and they plan to have two other seasonal styles available at all times. “We wanted to make it clear that we are here to make creative styles and experiment. We have to stand out in a competitive market. I think craft beer fans will immediately understand what we are trying to accomplish when they taste our first two beers.”
The logo and branding of Category 12 is derived from Michael’s science background, playing on the dark and taboo side of brewing and microbiology. The tagline says it all: “Welcome to the Lab”.
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