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Hasta la Vista Hugo’s?

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Hugos Ben Schottle and friend having fun at the GCBF.

Hugo's Ben Schottle and friend having fun at the GCBF.

Hugo’s Brewhouse in Victoria has closed its doors, the first major Victoria brewing operation to do so since the start of the craft brewing boom in the 1980s. According to local sources, the Magnolia Hotel, where Hugo’s was located for several years, has decided to put a spa in the space instead.

It is rumoured that Hugo’s owners are looking to relocate the brewpub to the Strathcona Hotel within the year, but there is no certainty of that at this time.

Brewer Ben Schottle’s future seems equally up in the air. Hopefully, it won’t mean he leaves B.C. or is forced to enter a different profession. His innovations, while not embraced by all, were an important creative stimulus that inspired both brewers and punters. We would be the poorer without his contributions.


Written by BCbrews

November 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

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  1. […] surprised to learn later that Hugo’s was largely known as a nightclub in its last days and was closed down weeks after our visit. We then ventured to the Stickey Wicket, tired and unenthusiastic.  The pub itself is very cool, […]

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