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Victoria, Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries
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If you were in Victoria last weekend, then you know how exciting it was to finally see the sun! Although it was a bit chilly, I (and half the city, it seems) headed out for a much-need stroll around the sunny harbour. The faux-summer feel, combined with my first cherry blossom sighting of the year, gave me the hankering for a true summer tradition: lunch at Swans
I made a beeline for their sunny, glassed-in patio. After enjoying seafood chowder with a side caesar salad, I topped off my day with a pint of cold Raspberry Ale. Swan’s makes their own brews in their award-winning Buckerfields Brewery, and the Raspberry Ale is my favourite. It’s calm, refreshing and reminds me of those glorious months when my rain jacket collects dust.
I always find it amazing how certain activities can transport me to warmer months, whether it’s lunch at Swan’s, a scooter ride along the ocean or a walk around Beacon Hill park. It’s supposed to snow again this week, but I’m not worried. This taste of summer will get me through to the next sunny day!