Survivorman sets out on craft beer adventure with LB

Picture of Les Stroud, aka SurvivormanBaysville, ON — (July 23, 2014) Lake of Bays Brewing Company and Les Stroud Productions are proud to announce that the two have teamed up to produce a series of Survivorman-themed beers.

“We are looking forward to developing some truly wild and unique beers,” said Darren Smith, president and CEO of Lake of Bays Brewing. “Survivorman is about resilience in nature, and Lake of Bays is proudly based and branded around the frontier and ‘the industrious North.’ It is such a great fit for both of us. We can hardly wait.”

Les Stroud is equally enthusiastic. “Survivorman and Canadian-made, awesome beer by Lake of Bays Brewing. There is no greater match up in the history of civilization!”

The company plans to release the first beer in the Survivorman Series in early 2015.

Les Stroud is the internationally acclaimed creator, filmmaker and star of Survivorman, the TV phenomenon in which Stroud documents his struggles in the harshest of conditions in wildernesses around the world. Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of Travel and Escape Canada, OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US.

Survivorman virtually spawned the entire genre of ‘survival TV’ and remains one of the highest-rated repeat shows on the Discovery Channel. Stroud is also a musician, an activist and a father, as well as an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces.

One of Ontario’s fastest-growing craft breweries, Lake of Bays Brewing Company has four year-round beers, four seasonal beers and a series of limited edition beers. Lake of Bays is the official brewery of the NHL Alumni Association and the CFL Alumni Association.

You can keep up with the latest news about Lake of Bays Brewing Company at [] and on our blog at We are also very active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, and other social media.

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Tamsen Tillson
Marketing Manager
(705) 767-2313 (office) | (705) 645-5225 (cell)

Lake of Bays Brewing Co.
2681 Muskoka Rd. 117, Baysville, ON P0B 1A0
1 (855) 311-BEER (2337)

Rock Cut Baysville Lager — Now in Mini Kegs

Rock Cut Baysville Lager - Mini Keg and Glass
5 Litres of deliciousness…

June 10, 2014 — We’re pleased to announce that we have begun producing Rock Cut Baysville Lager in 5 Litre mini kegs. Yes, that’s 5 Litres of deliciousness, now available in a CO2-charged mini keg.

Now available at the brewery, Rock Cut Mini Kegs will be available at an LCBO near you any day now.

River Walker Ginger Lemon Ale – Now available at the LCBO

River Walker Ginger Lemon Ale - Bottle and glass
Click image for a downloadable PDF information sheet about the beer.

May 16, 2014 — Just in time to kick off the May 2-4 weekend, it’s the return of Lake of Bays’ summer seasonal, River Walker Ginger Lemon Ale.

This is the second year that River Walker has been released. The recipe originated with the OCB’s Iron Brewer competition two years ago, in which participating brewers receive a bag of ingredients from which to make their entry, à la Iron Chef. From the bag that arrived, Head Brewer Dan Unkerskov selected fresh ginger, lemon, and Magnum and Legacy hops, among other things. His creation took third prize, and Lake of Bays’ summer seasonal was born.

While Lake of Bays has built a reputation for well-balanced true-to-style core brands that someone new to craft beer can enjoy, River Walker bucks that trend. At 65 IBUs (International Bittering Units, a measurement of hop flavour) it’s our biggest, hoppiest beer ever. (For comparison purposes: our lagers clock in at 15 IBUs, our 10 Point IPA is 40 IBUs.)

Last year’s River Walker release was even hoppier. River Walker Summer Ale, as it was then called, clocked in at a puckering 85 IBUs. We were told that some, expecting a fruity summer offering, got more than they bargained for, so this year we have dialed the hops back slightly and updated the name.

River Walker is now available on tap at select pubs and restaurants across Ontario. Go to to find the one nearest you. River Walker will also be coming to an LCBO near you shortly, (SKU 343103). Keep an eye on BeerFinder or the LCBO’s handy finder app, LCBO On The Go.


Great to meet Cujo

Picture of Darren & Cujo
Darren and Cujo

May 11, 2014 — Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks so much to Curtis Joseph for coming out to visit with hockey and craft beer fans in Toronto on May 10, 2014. Here he is with Darren Smith, getting ready to head out and meet his fans.


Cujo, Reg and the team at LCBO Summerhill
Reg, you have a top-notch team there. Thanks for your help.

First stop was the LCBO Summerhill, a flagship store, located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail station. They have really done it up right. Great selection too; worth a visit just to see it for yourself.

The Bottom Line, 22 Front Street West

Meeting fans at The Bottom LineThanks also to Wayne and all the good folks at The Bottom Line down at 22 Front Street.

It was a beautiful day.


New Dad

Picture of baby Kenzie
Congrats to Steph and Curtis

Speaking of mothers, we learned on the day that Curtis just became a dad — again. He’s got three boys, and now they have a baby sister, Kenzie, born on May 5. Here she is. In this video she has the hiccoughs. Congrats all!

Thank you to NHLAA

And thanks, as always, to Dylan and the team at NHL Alumni Association. Till next time!

To view the photo album from the day, click any image or here.

Congrats to our Lace Up with the NHL Alumni contest winners!

Lace Up with the NHL Alumni. Congratulations to our winners!May 1, 2014 — Hey Northern Ontario craft beer and hockey lovers,

We hope you had a chance to participate in our Lace Up with the NHL Alumni contest to play in a game with your hockey heroes. The ballots are all in; the contest is now closed. We will now select our winners.

Drumroll please! (Sound of paper crinkling, as we are reaching into — what else — empty 2-4 case to draw out names, one at a time…)

Congratulations to our Lace Up with the NHL Alumni Contest winners!

There are 15 people jumping up and down right about now, pumping their fists in the air madly. These folks get to play in a game with the likes of Mark Napier, Bill Derlago, Mike Pelyk, Jack Valiquette, and more!  Lucksters.

Thanks to everyone who filled out a ballot. For those of you who did not win, we feel your pain. There were a lot of you, so we are feeling the love as well, and we’re already looking to the next contest.

Want to know about it? Lots of ways for you to do so. You can join our email list here. Go to our main website at We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, you name it. And you can always phone 705-767-2313 or email us at

Thanks for playing!



TORONTO AND BAYSVILLE (April 15, 2014) –  It was a veritable who’s who  for football nostalgia buffs in Baysville Saturday April 12, as Leo Ezerins of the CFL Alumni Association and Darren Smith of Lake of Bays Brewing Co. proudly announced plans to develop a series of collaboratively-produced football-themed beers.

“We are excited to have entered into a partnership with a craft brewery in general and with Lake of Bays in particular,” said Ezerins, executive director of the CFL Alumni Association. “This is going to be an exciting and fun experience for us, and for beer-loving football fans. I am also proud to tell you that a portion of proceeds from the sale of these beers will go to benefit the CFLAA Player Support Fund which assists assist former players and their families.”

“In just four years we have made a name for ourselves as brewers of great, all-natural Ontario craft beer,” said LB president Darren Smith. “We have been very successful at making and marketing endorsed sports-related beers. The CFL Alumni Association wanted to talk, and here we are, ready to kick-off a new line-up. ”

The partnership was announced at a meet-and-greet held at the brewery on Saturday April 12. About 50 local residents came out to meet some of their football heroes and toast the deal.

Picture of CFL Alumni and Lake of Bays Brewing Co.Pictured from left to right: Leo Ezerins (CFLAA, Winnipeg), Darren Smith (President, Lake of Bays) Perry Lefko (Sports journalist and author who introduced the partners), Bill Symons (Hall of Fame, Toronto), Paul Markle (Toronto, Winnipeg), Randy Ambrosie (Edmonton, Toronto), Tom Reimer (Calgary), Dan Unkerskov (Head Brewer, Lake of Bays), Peter Martin (Toronto), Dave Cranmer (Toronto), Angelo Mosca (Hall of Fame, Hamilton), Dave Raimey (Hall of Fame, Winnipeg, Toronto), Rene Riopelle (Toronto), Tony Gabriel (Hall of Fame, Hamilton, Ottawa), Scott Harkness (Chief Strategic Officer, Lake of Bays.)

(Access our Flickr feed and view all photos from the day here.)

The duo would like to share the fun and are looking for the public’s input in developing their beers. Please feel free to contact either group with your suggestions for beer names and styles or other great ideas. If you’re using social media, use the tag #namethatCFLAAbeer.

About CFL Alumni

Formed in 2008, the CFLAA fosters a lifelong relationship between the Canadian Football League and its alumni, and provides support to alumni, to football in Canada, and to other communities it serves. Learn more at

About Lake of Bays Brewing Company

Baysville-based Lake of Bays Brewing Company is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in Ontario. Lake of Bays Brewing is dedicated to making the finest in premium craft beer; tried-and-true year-round brands, as well as exciting seasonal beers. Lake of Bays has a stable of four year-round core brands and four seasonal releases, as well as numerous one-off brews. Learn more at



CFL Alumni Association
Leo Ezerins
(905) 464-0007

Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Tamsen Tillson
(705) 767-2313 | (705) 645-5225

View Flickr photo albums from the day here.

Media: High resolution photos available upon request. Contact Tamsen directly.

Top Shelf takes silver at Ontario Brewing Awards

Picture of Top Shelf Classic Lager in can and glass with Ontario Brewing Award logo
Silver trophy winner, 2014 Ontario Brewing Awards

April 4, 2014 — Lake of Bays and the NHL Alumni Association are proud to announce that Top Shelf Classic Lager has received a silver trophy for best North American Lager at the 2014 Ontario Brewing Awards.

Brewed in partnership with the NHL Alumni Association, Lake of Bays’ Director of Field Marketing and Event Management Mitch Kacsmar was on-hand to receive the hardware at a ceremony held on Thursday April 3 at the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto.

“When Lake of Bays became the official brewery of the NHL Alumni Association last June, we began talking about develop a lager that would be the go-to for craft beer drinkers and mainstream beer drinkers alike,” said Mitch. “Since Top Shelf was released into the market in October we’ve had great feedback; people love it, sales are great, and it’s had solidly enthusiastic reviews. But to me, this award makes if official. Top Shelf is a lager that everyone can love.”


Ontario: Top Shelf is available at the brewery in Baysville and at  select LCBOs, Beer Stores, and pubs and restaurants across Ontario. Go to on your smarphone to find it near you.
Alberta and Manitoba: Top Shelf is also available at Sobey’s in Alberta and at LiquorMart in Manitoba.
United States: Top Shelf is also available in the northeastern US. Contact our US sales agent to find it near you.

If you would like information about making Top Shelf available in your store, restaurant or territory, contact Director of Sales Graham McIntosh at (705) 767-2313 or

Pilgrims can make their way to view the trophy at its place of honour at the brewery. Check our retail store hours before setting out.

More about the beer


Happy spring from beautiful Baysville

Spring is here!

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. As we wait for Mother Nature to finish toying with our heads and our hearts, here’s what’s new around Lake of Bays.

Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale - Glass and bottleSPRING MAPLE RETURNS

Made in partnership with the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association, this unique seasonal is available for a limited time.

Visit our Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale webpage | Download a printable PDF information page.

Ask for it at your LCBO and watering hole. Find it on

Darren Smith and CASSIE AwardWE WON! WE WON!

Lake of Bays Brewing and our advertising agency We Are Tonic recently won a CASSIE Award, in the Packaged Goods Beverage category, for our rebrand.

Remember when Crosswind and Spark House were LB Pale Ale and Rousse?

CASSIE Awards recognize business success in marketing. Read all about it here.

Cujo Imperial Golden AleCUJO COMING SOON

Much excitement around the office as we prepare for the release of our second Signature Series brew. Cujo is a delicious Imperial Golden Ale paying tribute to renowned goaltender Curtis Joseph.

Brewed in partnership with the NHL Alumni Association, Cujo will soon be available at the LCBO and at the brewery.Or you can order it onlilne at Signature Series Club.

Do you believe in the Lake of Bays monster? LAKE OF BAYS MONSTER

It’s not enough that Lake of Bays is one of the most beautiful and charming locales in Ontario, but –hooray!– now we get our very own monster to spice things up.

Look for the story, the tour, the t-shirt. Eat the hot sauce. Yes, whether or not you believe in the Lake of Bays Monster, we predict you are going to be hearing more about it in 2014…

Lace up with NHL Alumni poster LACE UP WITH NHL ALUMNI

Do you love hockey?  Do you love to play hockey?  How about strapping on the skates to play with some hockey heroes from the past?

Lake of Bays Brewing Co. and the NHL Alumni Association are organizing a hockey game and we want YOU on the ice with us.

The game will take place on May 10th in Sudbury, ON and will feature NHL Alumni members Mark Napier, Mike Pelyk, Bill Derlago, Jack Valiquette and more.  Learn more.

Lake of Bays taking over the world.NOT JUST IN BAYSVILLE, YOU SAY?

Of course you knew that our beer is available right across Ontario, right? If it’s a two-dog Ontario town, chances are you can pick up some of Baysville’s own barley nectar.

Now we’re going further, much further. Our beer is now available in Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, as well as New York, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. It’s all part of our plan to take over the world. Stay tuned. Much more to come.

We hope you enjoy hearing from us. Please stay in touch.

Gloria!Come visit! Yes. In person. So quaint and old fashioned, but we encourage it! Here at the brewery we have a store with refreshments, merchandise, a beer patio, and free tastings and tours. Check out our website ( for hours and more.

Check out our blogsite ( for the latest news.

We are crazy for social media! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, Four Square, LinkedIn, Google+, you name it we’re probably on it.

You can always email us directly at

Wherever your neck of the woods may be, we would love it if you’d indulge in a Lake of Bays brew from time to time. Find out where our beer is available near you in Ontario at on your smartphone.

Hot off the presses: We are putting together a webpage to help you find us further afield. Email Tamsen in marketing if you’d like to know about it when it’s time for the big reveal.

Until next time,

Gloria (lovin’ the mini kegs, above), Tamsen (marketing manager who whipped this baby up), Darren (big boss) and the rest of the Lake of Bays Brewing team.