Hiring: Victoria delivery driver

We are looking for someone with a clean driver’s abstract, someone who is reliable, able to lift heavy weight and has a solid knowledge of the Greater Victoria area.  This person is self-motivated and has a commitment to providing excellent customer service.  Their passion for craft beer helps in being an authentic Hoyne ambassador!

Driver’s Job Description:

Delivery of Hoyne product, bottled and draft, to stores, pubs and restaurants across the Greater Victoria area.  Our driver must organize their route to allow enough time to fulfill the scheduled deliveries in a timely manner.  It is imperative that our driver represents Hoyne Brewing Co. in a respectful, non-confrontational manner towards all our customers or business associates.  Flexibility and a ‘can do’ attitude is essential!

Daily tasks:

– organize daily routes, with an ability to prioritize orders that may require immediate attention

– load delivery van with product needed for the day and track inventory

– deliver product to respective accounts and handle all pertinent paperwork/cash/cheque payments received

-rotate stock in account cold rooms if necessary-our motto is ‘Leave the area cleaner than when you walked into it.’

– keep record of all empty kegs picked up

-drop off all paperwork and any payments received, to the admin office at the end of each day

-regular communication with admin office regarding any changes/updates/troubleshooting issues etc.


-it is of utmost importance that all communication with customers, co-workers, admin/orders desk be done in a professional, courteous manner.

Requirements:  Clean driver’s abstract, fork lift experience an asset

If you’re ready for some hard work in a fun working environment and feel you are the right candidate for this job, drop off your resume & clean driver’s abstract at 2665 Bridge St.  We will NOT accept resumes via email.

Up Island Territory Manager position is now filled-thank you to all applicants

Territory Manager – Craft Beer
Hoyne Brewing Company – North Vancouver Island (Nanaimo North, negotiable)

Territory Manager (Dual: OnPremise and Retail, FT)

Located in the heart of Victoria’s brewing district, Hoyne Brewing has just celebrated it’s 5th year anniversary. To help continue our growth we are adding an additional Territory Manager to our Island sales team.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • To professionally represent Hoyne Brewing and continually increase distribution and sales of Hoyne Brewing’s products within a dedicated territory
  • Develop and implement a territory sales plan identifying key short and long term opportunities.
  • Deliver superior customer service by being highly responsive, providing promotional support, and finding creative ways to add value for our customers.
  • Support events and provide product knowledge to accounts.
  • Develop strong relationships with accounts and local community groups.
  • Schedule and conduct in store tastings.
  • Attend occasional events in Victoria and off Island.
  • Represent Hoyne in a professional manner at all times

Key Competencies: 

  • Must be a self-starter: self-motivated, honest, hard working, and have a passion for craft beer.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (outlook, excel)
  • Professional communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage tasks and to exercise independent judgment with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills, accurate and detailed oriented
  • Must be able to travel as necessary to service accounts and help with deliveries if necessary
  • Strong analytical skills-ability to analyze sales trends in the territory and share this information with management and sales team

Education & Experience: 

  • Beverage Alcohol, Hospitality or liquor store experience
  • Business/marketing/tourism education is an asset.


  • Salary
  • Extended health benefits provided following 6 months.
  • Company car, ipad and cell phone provided.

How to Apply: 

  • Include your cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format, please name your favourite beer and why!  Email your resume to:  val@hoynebrewing.ca

Required experience: Sales and/or hospitality industry: 2 years

Required license or certification: Clean Driving Record

With a little help from our friends….

With a little help from our friends…we hope you’ll join us this July in supporting the Atira Women’s Resource Society.  “Atira Women’s Resource Society is dedicated to supporting women and children affected by violence by offering safe and supportive housing and by delivering education and advocacy aimed at ending all forms of gendered violence.”  Janice Abbot, CEO, Atira

Atira envisions a world free of inequalities, where everyone’s human rights are respected and where women and girls have the right to participate fully and effectively in all of the decisions that affect their lives.

Atira is working with Hives for Humanity to establish urban bee colonies at some of its shelter locations.  Hoyne Brewing is proud to partner with Atira to help raise funds and awareness around their hive program.  From now until the end of July, pick up a bottle at our growler station or at select Private Retail Liquor stores throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and we will donate $0.50 to Atira. 

Please visit their website for more information about the amazing work they do:  atira.bc.ca


Join our Hoyne growler station team!! Now hiring!

Growler Station Representative –Full time, Tuesday – Saturday

Do you Love craft beer, have lots of energy, have a ‘Yes!’ attitude and find it easy to converse with the public? We are looking for a personable, enthusiastic and hardworking individual to be a part of our growler station team. If you enjoy working in a high paced, dynamic environment then read on!

Job Description:
This person is responsible for creating a welcoming environment and providing the best possible experience to all of our brewery customers by developing relationships that promote sales and brand loyalty. In addition to the excellent customer service you will provide our customers, you will be responsible for counting inventory and restocking, using our POS system, keeping the growler station and other areas clean and performing the daily cash out. This position requires some heavy lifting as well as managing keg rentals and returns. You will also support the office with various administration duties such as filing, answering the telephone or other various tasks.

Who we are looking for:
Someone who is reliable & trustworthy, dynamic, creative, loves craft beer and truly enjoys interacting with the public. We are looking for a self-directed, tidy, confident individual who has a positive can-do attitude. Customer service or hospitality experience is highly desired. Having a Serving it Right Certificate is mandatory for this position.

If you think you are the right fit for our company, are a Hoyne beer enthusiast and have a passion for craft beer in general, stop by the growler station (Mon – Fri noon – 6pm & Sat 11am – 6pm) with your resume. We will not be accepting any resumes via email. Deadline is Friday, July 9th, 2016. The position will commence immediately.

Congraluations to the winners of the 2nd Annual Blooms Day Fiction Contest!

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a piece to the 2nd Annual Bloomsday Fiction Contest! The judges had a hard time deciding who would make the top 5 as so much talent was submitted.

We are excited to announce our top 5 winners!

Fifth PlaceInfinity or the Big Bang, Inge Isreal

If he had smiled why would he have smiled? To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be the first, last only and alone, whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity. And what if it originated, not in infinity, but in the Big Bang, so that, having downed their Devil’s Dream and in the full glory of their manhood, all who preceded him and all who would follow, entered, ever since the first split second, the very moment of creation that gave birth to the universe and to time itself, including the present 24 hours and, in the same instant, to the unquenchable urge, the single-minded drive, the disguised but ungovernable desire to procreate?

Fourth Place Embarr Street, Jared Gowen

I had been late stepping out; my watch had stopped. It was a rattle in the window, the passing rumble of the 9:05, that let me know of my mistake. I crossed the street, each new step punctuated by the echo of the last. The walk to the bus stop took longer than I remembered. I saw myself in the window of Finn’s Diner, awning black with mould, door shut fast behind a plywood cover. My thoughts went to sticky afternoons in a summer haze, tucked behind chequer tablecloths and cold drinks. No more. The night pressed close, kiln-hot. My bus pole, lonely on an empty street. Above it, a fluorescent light droned. The liquor store was cool inside. My hand clouded the refrigerator glass, and the clinking bottles perspired in their case as I set it down. I didn’t know the long-faced man behind the counter, and he didn’t know me. As he stood, sliding coins over the countertop with his fingertips, I saw it: the coach that was to take me home. Its roar became a whine, and as I reached the street it was nothing but a red wake sinking down into the dark.

Third Place – Persusasion, Wayne Norton

 “The Inter-Galactic Committee detects no value whatsoever, captain.  All is in readiness for the destruction of Planet Earth.” “Good, good.  I am eager to devote my talents to more important matters.” “The local species is still pleading with us to spare them.  The final delivery of what they insist is evidence of their cultural excellence has arrived.  Shall I simply activate the expulsion hatch?” “No, we are obliged by I-GC law to provide due process.  Here is something called the Mona Lisa—an ugly species, aren’t they?—and a further clarification of the American democratic process.  Still incomprehensible.  But what is this cylinder from Victoria, BC?  I thought Victoria was a dead queen and BC had something to do with one of their religions.” “Captain, it identifies itself as Appleton E.S.B. and invites us to sample.  Our sensors detect no content harmful to our little green bodies and large purple brains.” “A toast then!  To Earth’s imminent destruction.” They drink; they hesitate.  The captain speaks.  “A species capable of producing such nectar may possess some value after all.  I grant a century’s reprieve.  Order the fleet to leave this stellar system … and have that cylinder delivered to my cabin.”

Second Place Porto Rosso, Barbra Black

The man with the ruddy face, a regular at Bar Os Lusíadas, has not come back for his prosthetic leg. Homer he called it. Sits there like an abandoned half-marionette, its carved wood gathering odours: cigarette smoke, kidney, mouldy velvet. Around its upper joint dark matter, paint flakes, the old skin, the only reminder the leg once stomped the oak floors of the Teatro Daedelus de Lisboa, punctuating monologues by Pessoa with its owner attached. Disquieting. The widowed waitress grimaces every time she passes by it. Garish lipstick lights up the dank interior, her face the devil’s dream of a hot and satisfying eternity devoid of the endless stream of consciousness of unrepentant alcoholics. The drink of Gods. And actors. Outside, the moon hangs, last apple of winter. “O ditador não está morto,” a drunken patron slurs to nobody in particular. The tram, which could be the same tram every time, its intermittent nature creating the illusion of succession, rattles past. Sad circus train. At home, the man with the ruddy face—prides himself on his entries and exits—dreams, the first time in years. He’s adrift on a phosphorescent sea, in the filmy distance a floating puppet theatre.

First PlaceThe Legacy, Mithila Karnick

The judges agreed that The Legacy by Mithila Karnick told an amazing story that left the judges with an overflow of emotions. Mithila was awarded 2 tickets to the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival with 2 nights accommodations. Take a look at her piece!




Join our Vancouver team!


As one of B.C’s fastest growing Craft Breweries, we are looking to expand our Lower Mainland team!

This exciting Sales Representative position will be responsible for the acquisition of new business and the management of existing business within a dedicated territory in the Lower Mainland/BC Interior. Your passion for craft beers and desire to provide exceptional customer service is clearly demonstrated through your enthusiasm and effectiveness in the market. In this role you will sell primarily to the retail (LRS and LDB) channels, with some On-premise accounts.



Responsibilities include:

• Introduction of new products, while ensuring listings of existing products
• Be up for the challenge and grow market share in the increasingly crowded craft beer sector
• Secure and build displays, seek to create and execute additional marketing opportunities
• Set up and attend festivals, in-store tastings, beer dinners etc.
• Make sure product is rotated and well positioned
• Consistently deliver exceptional service and product knowledge
• Build lasting relationships with accounts, grow brand equity with beer advocates and the wider community
• Administrative duties (sales reports, budget management), competency with Excel required.
• Support distribution where needed (must be able to lift 50lbs)

• Post-secondary education in business or marketing an asset
• Knowledge of and passion for craft beer
• 2-3yrs Hospitality/Bev Alcohol experience, especially in retail channel
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Drive, integrity and professionalism
• Valid Drivers’ License
• Must have a strong work ethic, exceptional problem solving and negotiating skills
• Willingness to work evenings/weekends and overnight travel required

EMAIL RESUMES to info@hoynebrewing.ca and val@hoynebrewing.ca.  Make your cover letter count~What makes you the ideal candidate for this position?!  We will reply to applicants who are shortlisted for interviews. 

Hoyne Brewing Company provides a competitive salary, company car and group benefits.

#101-2740 Bridge St., Victoria, BC V8T 5C5 250-590-5758 hoynebrewing.ca

Out of Bounds Pub Journey!

In celebration of Victoria Beer Week, we invite you to join our Out of Bounds Pub Journey!

From March 4th – March 12th, pick up your Out of Bounds passport at the Hoyne Growler station or any participating pub listed.  You will then be on your way to winning some awesome prizes!!  Simple enough- enjoy a fresh beer on tap, collect a stamp and be on your way!!

1st Prize:  Tofino Food & Wine Festival!  (Two night stay for two people at Pacific Sands)

2nd Prize:  4 tickets to the Great Canadian Beer Festival, gcbf.com

3rd Prize:  2 tickets to Fernwood Bites,  fernwoodnrg.ca

Once you have collected a minimum of 4 stamps from a minimum of 2 territories, drop off your passport by Friday March 18th at The Hoyne Brewing Growler Station and enter to win! 

More information and contest details in attached posters.

Growler Station hours:

Mon – Fri: noon to 6 pm
Sat: 11 am – 6 pm

Thank you for drinking responsibly and making arrangements for a safe ride!



Wolf Vine

With the tremendous response we have had about this year’s batch of Wolf vine, I have been asked to give some insight into the process and ingredients that makes this special beer.

Firstly, I would like to shed some light on the hops, and the choices that surround the hopping of this beer. In previous years, we have used Centennial hops grown and harvested by the Sartori Hop Farm. This year we departed from that approach. We decided to give an even smaller hop farm an opportunity to get a start. Half of the hops we used in this year’s batch are Cascade hops grown and harvested by the Hope Bay Hop Farm on Pender Island. This is only their second year of production (normally hop plants take three years to reach maturity), so their hops were noticeably younger, with a “greener” aroma, than we would normally expect, but we used them anyway! The second half of our hop supply were Centennial hops from the Chilliwack Hop Farm.

Secondly, I would like to mention something about Wet Hops. Much like the variances that occur in the growing of grapes, terroir plays an incredible role in the final outcome. It influences hop aroma, it plays a role in other factors like alpha acids, beta acids, cohumulones, etc. This is really the beauty of a Wet Hopped beer; you never really know exactly how it is going to turn out! For those of you who notice a difference between this year’s batch and last year’s, you are absolutely correct. This is as it should be. This year’s crop of hops was undeniably effected by the long hot dry summer we had, the hops matured quickly and had a slightly more grassy notes to them.

With regards to the process, here is how it works: the farmer determines when the hops are at their peak, and harvests them. On that same day, the hops are brought to the brewery, where we put them into our cold room for an overnight stay. (The cold room smells like hop heaven!) In the morning we mash in, create the sweet wort, boil it for 90 minutes, all as per usual, then we add all the hops (a very considerable pile indeed), back into our sweet wort, circulate it for half an hour or so, extracting all the beautiful hop aroma and flavour, then cool the wort down and pitch the yeast.

This year’s batch has an undeniably stronger hop aroma than previous batches, it borders on grassy with some earthiness (if that is a word?) and a slight spiciness. From the avalanche of tremendous feedback we have received, it seems these flavours and aromas are enjoyable to many of you. For those of you who sense a difference, you are not wrong, and that is the fun of a ‘once-a-year’ beer.

One final note: we very purposefully make our Wet Hopped Beer a Pale Ale, not an IPA. We feel that the fullness of hop flavour, hop aroma, and depth of hop character, does not need to be masked by overwhelming hop bitteness. This of course is only a personal opinion.

I hope you enjoy this year’s Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale, it will only be here for a very short time, and we look forward to the mysteries that next year’s batch will hold!

Sean Hoyne




Hoyne Brewing Company Presents their 2nd Annual Beer and Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest




Hoyne Brewing Company and partners present their 2nd annual short fiction contest in honour of James Joyce and Bloomsday. The aim is to provide new writers with a fun opportunity to expose their work, while introducing them to the world of James Joyce’s Ulysses. All proceeds from the contest and event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.

All entrants and volunteers will be invited to the James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event on June 16th. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to read (or have their work read) after the Ulysses presentation, followed by the awards presentation. The shortlisted entries will be displayed at the event and published in our blog and newsletter. All proceeds from the contest, silent auction and $1 from every Hoyne pint sold at the event will be donated to Literacy Victoria.


1st: Festival pass and one night accommodation to the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival (Total value $500)
2nd: $200 to Russell Books
3rd: Hoyne Brewing Hoodie & $50 gift card redeemable at the James Joyce Bistro
4th: Hoyne swag pack
5th: Hoyne swag pack

Judging Panel:

Sean Hoyne – Owner, Hoyne Brewing Company

Lee Henderson – Chair, UVic Writing Dept

Susan Reece – Chair, Literacy Victoria

Shayne Avec I Grec – Poet Publisher (Oratorealish)

Devon Tatton – Greater Victoria Library

Vruti Patel – Greater Victoria Library


Partners and Sponsors:

Russell Books
James Joyce Bistro

Literacy Victoria
UVic Writing Dept.


Entry fee: a minimum $5 donation per submission to Literacy Victoria (entrants can submit multiple pieces).

For online submissions:

Step 1. Go to the Literacy Victoria website (http://www.literacyvictoria.org/) to make your donation. Record the donation confirmation number.

Step 2. Email your submission to Hoyne Brewing at events@hoynebrewing.ca as a pdf. or doc. and include the donation confirmation number in your email.

For drop off or mailed entries:

All entries must be typed and double spaced on one side of standard 8½ x 11 paper and submitted with a cheque (no cash please) made out to Literacy Victoria and a separate sheet with contact info.

Hoyne Brewing Company, 101-2740 Bridge St. Victoria, BC. V8T 5C5. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than June 4th.

Hoyne Brewing Company will match all donations.
Word limit: 200 words (entries above the word limitation will be disregarded).
Content: Narrative must take place within 24hrs and include a reference to any 1 Hoyne beer brand name. e.g. Dark Matter, Devil’s Dream, Summer Haze…

Choose one of the following quotes from Ulysses as the inspiration for your story. Please specify which quote you have used at the top of your entry.

Quote 1 If he had smiled why would he have smiled?  To reflect that each one who enters imagines himself to be the first to enter whereas he is always the last term of a preceding series even if the first term of a succeeding one, each imagining himself to be first, last, only and alone, whereas he is neither first nor last nor only nor alone in a series originating in and repeated to infinity.

Quote 2 A warm human plumpness settled down on his brain.  His brain yielded.  Perfume of embraces all him assailed.  With hungered flesh obscurely, he mutely craved to adore.

Quote 3 Gob, there’s many a true word spoken in jest.  One of those mixed middlings he is.  …It’d be an act of God to take hold of a fellow the like of that and throw him in the bloody sea.  Justifiable homicide, so it would.  Then sloping off with his five quid without putting up a pint of stuff like a man.  Give us your blessing.  Not as much as would blind your eye.

Must be 19 years or older to enter and a resident of British Columbia.  Submissions must include a title, the word count and the quote used. Include your name, age, address, phone number, email address and the title of your piece in the email or on a separate piece of paper – your name should not be on the submission. Judges will be looking for the best interpretation of the quote selected, with special prizes for most humourous and most ‘Joycean’ entries. All entries must be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will not be returned. 

The deadline for entries is Saturday June 4th @ Midnight

Shortlisted entries will be notified by email on Friday June 10th and the winners announced on June 16th, 2016 at James Joyce Bistro Bloomsday event. For more information, contact Val at val@hoynebrewing.ca

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