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3rd Annual Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise

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We’re cruisin’ for a brewsin’

Treat your Dad to a cruise aboard the historical SS Bigwin while sampling local brews from Lake of Bays Brewing Company.
*Must be of legal drinking age. Paternity test not required.

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2017. (Come Rain or Shine)
Location: Departing from Baysville public docks
Cruise duration: 1.25 hours
Cruise times: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Includes: SS Bigwin cruise; five beer samples; one 12oz glass of beer; complimentary brewery tour.
Ticket price: $50 per person
Purchase tickets: Online (below) or by telephone at 1-844-4-BIGWIN. Book today! Space is limited.
Brought to you by the folks here at Lake of Bays Brewery and the SS Bigwin.

Book Today! Space is limited.
Book online:
Telephone: 1 844-4-BIGWIN

Taste the Great Outdoors: New Beers at Lake of Bays


Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (Baysville, ON):  Today at the brewery, we’re celebrating the launch of 3 new beers in our lineup. It’s almost our seventh beerthday (May 21st, 2010), and we’ve made some big changes to the look and flavour of our year-round selection.

We proudly introduce Switchback Pilsner, Broken Axe APA, and Oxtongue IPA as new mainstays of our core lineup.  Spark House is staying on board as a leader of the red ales with a fresh coat of paint. Brewers Dan Unkerskov, Mike Pawlick, Andrew Walsh and Mark Campbell spent the winter concocting innumerable pilot batches for bold new brews. The result: three exciting new flavours that deliver a satisfying taste of the great outdoors.

The updated design of our tall cans embraces our home in Ontario’s wilderness, a site of escape and discovery for many Canadians. The feeling of wanderlust, and of immersing oneself in the outdoors, is celebrated in our new brands with modern and compelling artwork that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of our region.

Check out the brewery today to sample the goods, talk to the brewers and indulge in free pork sliders served up by Grand-dad Smith. If you can’t join us this time not, come find us as we tour beer festivals across Ontario to celebrate these natural beauties! Look for the bright yellow tent in Muskoka, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Georgetown and London (see full tour). You can also find our beer at the LCBO, The Beer Store, and select grocery stores and fine bars & restaurants across the province.

A lot has changed since we first opened in 2010: craft beer exploded onto the scene, the number craft breweries quintupled, tall cans continued their march to the top, beer arrived in grocery stores and beer drinkers got a whole lot more adventurous in their tastes. We hope you’ll join us for another seven years of outdoor adventure in the ever-changing world that is craft.

Now for some eye candy! Read on, McDuff.

SH-BackFront_vSpark House Red Ale

In the heart of the forest,the spark house stands alone. Drawing its deep, smooth character from chocolate and roasted malts, this full-bodied red ale finishes dry and sits high above the rest.

Like the fire towers that watch over Lake of Bays, our red has stood the test of time as our most popular brew. Ole Sparky, the Sparkle Horse, or Spark House as we lovingly call it, continues to trend high among old and new craft beer drinkers as an undeniably balanced yet robust beer for any occasion.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Flaked Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, and Roast Barley Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Saaz

5% alc./vol. | 29 IBUs


SB-BackFront-WebSwitchback Pilsner

A Switchback is a path to the summit for the determined and adventurous. It takes a little longer and more work to get there but is always worth it. This light-bodied beer with slight bitterness is for those who appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

Switchback pours with a brilliant golden hue and dense white foam. Aromatics are of fresh-cut hay with slight floral notes and the unmistakable graininess that is the hallmark of a traditional German-style pilsner. The mouth feel is light-bodied with a subtle hint of citrus and the pleasant tanginess of Hallertau hops. Finishes clean and refreshing. Recipe by our resident Dane, Dan Unkerskov.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Pilsen, Flaked Wheat Hops: Magnum, Hallertau

4.5% alc./vol. | 24 IBUs


BA-BackFront-WebBroken Axe American Pale Ale

A broken axe signifies your work is done for the day — so take off your gloves and claim your reward. Stacked with bold flavour and bright citrus tones, this beer is a cut above.

Named for its bold clean-cut flavour, Broken Axe American Pale Ale is a crisp and juicy reward to a hard day’s work. The welcoming aromas of peach and apricot develop into a tropical splash of lemon and grapefruit. Centennial, Wakatu and Idaho 7 hops are on double-duty, offering a balance of medium bitter flavour with a sharp citrus twist. Chalk it up as another cutting edge creation by our homegrown brewers: Mike Pawlick and Andrew Walsh.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Carafoam, Wheat Malt Hops: Centennial, Idaho 7, Wakatu.

4.8% alc./vol. | 36 IBUs


OX-BackFront-WenOxtongue India Pale Ale

Rivers are the roads of the forest. The Oxtongue flows naturally but boldly in Lake of Bays, and is the beer you can bank on to deliver a deep malt flavour with a splash of citrus notes. Let it flow.

Take your tastebuds on a ride with the Oxtongue IPA for a journey that’s hop-forward and dry with a refreshing citrus twist.  You’re greeted by a touch of boozy heat on the nose that envelops a hint of lemon, suggesting the grapefruit flavour swirling in the medium-bodied warm copper ale. Welcome a slight Vienna malt sweetness that trails off with a lingering pine bitterness. Hats off to the recipe leads, Andrew Walsh and Mike Pawlick.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Carafoam, Wheat Malt Hops: Centennial, Idaho 7, Pekko

Alc./Vol. 6.2% | 65 IBUs

Launch Tour: Find the brew crew in a city near you.

Launch Party!


Friday, April 21st, 2017 (Baysville, ON) – Exciting times, indeed. We’re pleased to announce that we are hosting a launch party for our new core brand lineup on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the brewery.

If you’d like to join us, please RSVP here and be automatically entered into a draw to win some Lake of Bays swag. The afternoon will include free tasting samples of our new core lineup, live musical performance, free barbeque and much more. Come enjoy be a part of what is sure to be an exciting event for both you and your taste buds! Admission is free.

We’re happy to offer our first fifty bar crashers a free glass with their pint!

Wondering What We’re Launching?

Three all-new beers, a reimagined Spark House and a whole new look and feel for the Lake of Bays brand. Want to learn more? Come see for yourself!

Launch Party Address: 2681 Muskoka Rd 117, Baysville, ON P0B1A0


Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Coordinator
office: (705) 767-2313 | cell: (705) 205-4705

Watch out for the Big Prickle!


2017-BP-Porcupine-logoThe Big Prickle’s got attitude, but like the persnickety porcupine, there’s a subdued sweetness to it. 



Citrus aroma on the nose hints at the overall tart & juicy grapefruit flavour. This funky brew is light-bodied and glows an effervescent gold. Add mouth-puckering goodness to Hawaiian pizza, seafood, or a rich chocolatey dessert.


Yeast and Lactobacillus bacteria do the funky tank tango, creating this enjoyable tart ‘n’ fruity sour. When brewer Mark Campbell introduces the bacteria culture, holding the brew at 45°C for 1-2 days, the pH level lowers and the beer sours. Then it’s business as usual as the yeast converts sugar to alcohol. Clear Valley Chinook hops for tasty grapefruit flavour complete our sour’s prickly perfect pucker.


This experimental brew was sunk into 180 bottles at our retail store. You can find forty odd kegs at select waterin’ holes.

Loose MooseOakwood Hardware Food
BruCiboulette et Cie
Kick Off Sports BarSociable
Brew Cafe & BarTownehouse
Crown and Beaver PubHardrock 42 Gastropub (Sudbury)
Local 1794Craft Beer Market
Brew WizardsMahtay Cafe
Crooked CyeIggy's Pub & Grub
Duke's RefresherAlibi

Gift Certificates

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 (Baysville, ON):  Gift certificates for our retail store are available at the brewery. Treat a Lake of Bays fan to our selection of merch and beer! Or maybe they’ve been in the area, but have never heard of the brewery before. Gift certificates not only provide the recipient with sweet threads and delicious suds, but the priceless brewery experience. It’s true! We promise to guide all of our visitors through a free sampling and extend their daytrip to other local attractions.

Can’t make it to the brewery? Email and we’ll be happy to mail your gift certificate.

Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Coordinator at Lake of Bays Brewing Company


Ugly XMas Sweater Contest

3 women holding lake of bays beers and wearing ugly christmas sweaters

Enter our 2016 Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

How to participate:

  1. Take a picture of yourself in your Christmas sweater with your favourite Lake of Bays brew.
  2. Post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LOBUCS
  3. Contest will be running from November 25th, 2016 to December 16th, 2016
  4. Winners will be announced on December 19th, 2016

Contest Agreement:

By submitting your photos, you agree to the contest requirements below.

  1. You must be of legal drinking age to enter. We can only deliver the grand prize to a territory where Lake of Bays beer is distributed.
  2. Photo must have a Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s beer and must be submitted before December 19th, 2016 11:59pm

By sending in your photos you are, unless you ask us otherwise:

  1. Granting permission for Lake of Bays Brewing Company to use your photo (with credit to you) on our various social media, website and promotional material.
  2. Granting permission to use your full name on our various social media, website and promotional material.
  3. Lake of Bays Brewing Company reserves the right to share or not to share photos at the company’s discretion. We will not share photos we deem inappropriate for any reason. We may change the rules of the contest at our discretion.​

Win Tickets: NHLA Benefit Hockey Tour


Terms & Conditions

There are 14 chances to win! We’ll randomly select a winner within each region.

The Game: NHL Alums are pitted against the Local Law Enforcement and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League All Stars. Most games are played in support of different local charities and non-profit organizations. There’s also some family-friendly comedic narration, MC’d by the ref. Local youth hockey teams get to play a couple rounds with the likes of Brent Gretzky, Mark Napier, Kris King, and Mike Krushelnyski – getting pointers from the greats. Purchase Tickets

Lake of Bays Brewing Company has been a proud supporter of the NHLA Association since 2013. We have raised over $100,000 on behalf of the NHLA and the various causes it supports through our lineup of hockey-themed beers.
Learn more…

Locations and Tour Dates

London17 NovemberWestern Fair Sports Arena
Hamilton18 NovemberDave Andreychuk Mountain Arena
Brantford19 NovemberWayne Gretzky Sports Centre
Niagara Falls20 NovemberThe Gale Centre
Timmins25 NovemberMcIntyre Community Centre
Sudbury26 NovemberT.M. Davies Community Centre and Arena
Bracebridge27 NovemberBracebridge Memorial Arean
Peterborough10 DecemberPeterborough Memorial Centre
Belleville-Picton11 DecemberWellington District & Community Centre
Waterloo (Tri)15 DecemberWaterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Milton16 DecemberMilton Memorial Arena
Cornwall28 DecemberCornwall Civic Complex
Ottawa29 DecemberJim Durrell Recreation Centre
Petawawa30 DecemberPetawawa Civic Centre

70 Additional Grocery Stores Licensed to Sell Beer & Wine

Premier Wynne at the Dec 15 2016 Grocery Launch at a Toronto Loblaws.

Toronto, ON – (October 28th, 2016): Remember last December, when the Ontario Government opened the sliding doors to craft? Today marks the second wave of grocery stores to begin selling beer, and now wine.

An addition of 70 grocery stores were granted authorization by the LCBO. Some, but not all, expect to start selling right away, while others start preparing their stores to launch after the holidays.

So far, we’ve received orders from 29 additional grocery stores!

Grocery Stores Added in 2016:

List of stores carrying LB products

London – Sobeys
Kingsville – Loblaws
Cambridge – Farm Boy
Kitchener – Farm Boy
Brantford – Farm Boy
Listowel – Zehrs
Port Elgin – Your Independent Grocer
Caledonia – Zehrs (Google this location to see some interesting Google+ photos)
Niagara Falls – Sobeys
Brampton – Freshco
Brampton – Real Canadian Superstore
Mississauga – Loblaws
Pickering – Farm Boy
Innisfill – Sobeys
Wasaga Beach – Real Canadian Superstore
Bowmanvile – Loblaws
Ottawa – Farm Boy (307 McRae Ave)
Ottawa Farm Boy (2950 Bank St)
Kanata – Loblaws (200 Earl Gray)
Renfrew – No Frills
Sudbury – Food Basics
Hearst – Your Independent Grocer
Bayview Village – Loblaws
Jane & Finch – Freshco
Vaughan – Major Mackenzie – Longos
5095 Yonge St – Loblaws Empress Market
11 Redway Rd – Loblaws
207 Queen’s Quay – Sobeys Urban Fresh
More stores to be announced by the LCBO.
Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Coordinator at Lake of Bays Brewing Company


Stores Authorized in 2015:

Bolded entries represent LB products availability.


  • Farm Boy 360 Taunton Rd., Unit 2, Whitby 905-430-1400
  • Michael-Angelo’s 4099 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga 905-820-3300
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 4750 Dufferin St., Toronto 416-736-6606
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 3300 Rutherford Road, Vaughan 905-303-3999
  • Galleria Supermarket 7040 Yonge St., Vaughan 905-771-1474
  • Galleria Supermarket 865 York Mills Road, Suite 1, Toronto 647-352-7788
  • Real Canadian Superstore 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive, Toronto 416-665-3209
  • Loblaws 380 The East Mall, Etobicoke 416-695-8990
  • Loblaws 5010 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga 905-607-0580
  • Loblaws 17 Leslie St., Toronto 416-469-2897
  • Loblaws 50 Musgrave St., Toronto 416-694-3838
  • Real Canadian Superstore 171 Guelph St, Georgetown 905 877-5393
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1385 Harmony Road North, Oshawa 905-433-9569
  • Real Canadian Superstore 2549 Weston Rd., Toronto 416-246-9192
  • Real Canadian Superstore 18120 Yonge St., Newmarket 905 830-4072
  • Metro 1050 Kennedy Circle, Milton 905-878-3363
  • Metro 1822 Whites Road, Pickering 905-420-8838
  • Metro 16640 Yonge St., Newmarket 905-853-5100
  • Longo’s 3455 Wyecroft Road, Oakville 905-825-8989
  • Longo’s 469 Cornwall Road, Oakville 905-338-1255
  • Sobeys 15500 Bayview Ave., Aurora 905-726-2530
  • Sobeys 11700 Yonge St., Richmond Hill 905-508-7585
  • FreshCo 2501 Third Line, Oakville 905-827-6322
  • FreshCo 800 Steeles Ave W., Vaughan 905-669-0336


  • Farm Boy 1415 Beaverbrook Ave., London 519-963-2895
  • Walmart Supercentre 1280 Fanshawe Park Road, London 519-472-7100
  • Starsky Fine Foods 685 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-573-8885
  • Real Canadian Superstore 875 Highland Road West, Kitchener 519-745-4781
  • Fortinos 65 Mall Road, Hamilton 905-574-0810
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1205 Oxford St., London 519-641-3653
  • Real Canadian Superstore 4371 Walker Road, Windsor 519-972-8335
  • Zehrs 400 Conestoga Blvd., Cambridge 519 620-1376
  • Food Basics 509 Commissioners Road W., London 519-463-2857
  • Food Basics 3770 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls 905-371-3200
  • Food Basics 505 Rymal Road E., Hamilton 905-574-5298
  • Metro 500 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph 519-763-3827
  • Sobeys 977 Golf Links Road, Ancaster 905-648-3534
  • Sobeys 307 Grand River St. N., Paris 519-442-4485
  • FreshCo 700 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-560-8111


  • Farm Boy 2030 Tenth Line, Ottawa (Orleans) 613-841-4221
  • La Mantia’s Country Market 50 William Street South, Lindsay 705-324-6625
  • Brown’s Your Independent Grocer 1251 Main St, Stittsville 613-831-9268
  • Loblaws 1980 Baseline Road, Ottawa 613-723-3200
  • Loblaws 1100 Princess St., Kingston 613-530-3861
  • Real Canadian Superstore 760 Eagleson Road, Ottawa 613 254-6050
  • Metro 3201 Strandherd Drive, Nepean 613-823-8825
  • Food Basics 975 West Ridge Blvd, Orillia 705-326-5200
  • Sobeys 700 Terry Fox Dr., Kanata 613-831-1444
  • Sobeys 193 Metcalfe St., Ottawa 613-598-0027
  • Sobeys 840 March Road, Kanata 613-599-8965
  • Sobeys 1200 Lansdowne St W., Peterborough 705-748-5655
  • Sobeys 501 Towerhill Road, Peterborough 705-740-9026


  • Pino’s Get Fresh 219 Trunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie 705-946-5632
  • Walmart Supercentre 2416 Long Lake Road, Sudbury 705-523-1300
  • Walmart Supercentre 1349 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury 705-566-3700
  • Real Canadian Superstore 971 Carrick St., Thunder Bay 807-343-4544
  • Safeway 115 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay 907-473-5993
  • Safeway 1015 Dawson Road, Thunder Bay 807-768-0099

Beer & Candy Pairings: Trick or Treat w Lake of Bays

Close up of the top half of a Lake of Bays glass filled with Marshmallow Cones.

Thursday, October 27th, 2016 (Baysville, ON): You can’t take candy from a baby, but we know you dip into the kids’ loot bags after bedtime! … Or snack on your own handouts leading up to Halloween. Either way, we had a little fun matching up some of our favourite traditional Halloween goodies with Lake of Bays beer.

Crosswind Pale Ale and Cracker Jacks

Crosswind Can beside an LB glass filled with Cracker Jacks.

Root, root, root for the home brew, Crosswind Pale Ale! Easy citrus notes and roasted barley flavour of Crosswind are perfectly balanced with the caramel and peanut flavour of your field time favourite.

Crosswind is the Lake of Bays original, so it seemed fitting both in spirit and in flavour.

Wild North Pumpkin Ale and Werthers

Pumpkin Ale beside an LB Glass filled with golden Werthers

Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to… drink!

Embrace the season’s pumpkin craze with our pretty Pumpkin Ale. Kristi from The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst inspired this combo with her caramel laced pumpkin pie that took first prize at our Pumpkin Party!

Spark House Red Ale and ReesesSpark House can beside an LB Glass filled with packages of Reeses peanut butter cups

Just when you’re feeling the roasted grains, toffee and caramel tones of the Spark House Red Ale, BAM! Throw some chocolate peanut butter cups in there and you’re on Cloud 9.

Wild North Midnight Bock and Almond Glosettes Midnight Bock beside a toppled glass of Lake of Bays spilling out Almond Glosettes

The earthy coffee tones and dark smokey chocolate flavour of bock washes beautifully over milk chocolate covered almonds.

Baby come bock! You can blame it almond me.

Was that loose pun around Players’ Baby Come Back (1977) lost on you? Listen to this treasure of an anthem while this cocoa combo takes you away.

10 Point English IPA and Cheese Puffs10 Point beside an LB glass filled with Cheese Puffs

We went for contrastive flavours on the 10 Point English IPA. While there are certainly some fine cheeses out there, the elegant Cheeto does suffice after a long night of trick or treating. The refined kick of our medium-hopped English IPA combined with cheddar flavour will make your tastebuds dance.

Top Shelf Vienna Lager and Marshmallow Cone
Top Shelf can beside an LB glass filled with Marshmallow Cones

When we opened up a bag of light and fluffy marshmallow cones, we knew that Top Shelf Vienna Lager would score big. The smooth Vienna malts and notes of cherry add flavour while the pourous marshies melt on the tongue.

Rock Cut Baysville Lager and Original Ruffle Chips

Rock Cut can beside an LB glass filled with original ruffle potato chips

Try something crisp with your crisps!

Maybe you overdid it on the sweet stuff and need regain some balance in your life. We suggest good old fashioned, regular ruffle chips. Rock Cut pairs well with many things, but there’s something irresistibly satisfying about the classic chip and lager combo.

I  hope you enjoy this medley of Halloween flavour! Have a safe and fun weekend.

Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Coordinator at Lake of Bays Brewing Company

#PumpkinParty Photo Contest

Post Your Picture Perfect Pumpkin Pics & Win!


Starting Sept 12th, post a photo of our Wild North Pumpkin Ale using the hashtag -> #PumpkinParty! We’ll be checking Instragram, Facebook & Twitter.

There will be a prize for Best Photo as well as a prize for a randomly selected entry.



  1.  4 x Huntsville Treetop Trekking Passes + Lake of Bays Prize Pack
  2. 2 Pumpkin Party Ts & 2 Pumpkin Party Glasses + Lake of Bays Prize Pack

* Best Photo will select their prize first. Option 2 is available to both winners. However only one award of Option 1 is available.
Contest runs until Monday, September 26th, 2016. Enter as often as you like.

Contest Agreement

By submitting your photos, you agree to the contest requirements below.

You must be of legal drinking age to enter. We can only deliver the grand prize to a territory where Lake of Bays beer is distributed.

Photo must have Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s Wild North Pumpkin Ale and be submitted by Monday, September 26th, 2016. Multiple entries allowed, but no duplicates.

By sending in your photos you are, unless you ask us otherwise:

  • granting permission for Lake of Bays Brewing Company to use your photo (with credit to you) on our various social media, website and promotional material.
  • granting permission to use your full name on our various social media, website and promotional material.

Lake of Bays Brewing Company reserves the right to share or not to share photos at the company’s discretion. We will not share photos we deem inappropriate for any reason. We may change the rules of the contest at our discretion.

Baysville, ON

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