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: www.ssbigwin.com/beercruise
Email: info@ssbigwin.com
Telephone: 1 844-4-BIGWIN

Launch Party!

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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!

RSVP & Winlakeofbaysbrewing.ca/launch-party-rsvp
Launch Party Address: 2681 Muskoka Rd 117, Baysville, ON P0B1A0

Cheers!

Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Coordinator
sgirdwood@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca
office: (705) 767-2313 | cell: (705) 205-4705

Ugly XMas Sweater Contest

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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

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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
Toronto:
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

sgirdwood@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca
Marketing Coordinator at Lake of Bays Brewing Company


 

Stores Authorized in 2015:

Bolded entries represent LB products availability.

GTA

  • 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

WEST

  • 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

EAST

  • 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

NORTH

  • 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

#PumpkinParty Photo Contest

Post Your Picture Perfect Pumpkin Pics & Win!

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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.

 


Prizes:

  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.

Score! New Top Shelf Vienna Lager

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016: Baysville, ON – Crafted using noble German hops and European malt, the Vienna Lager is a flavourful yet easy-drinking lager with a gentle malt and slight hop character. Top Shelf aims high and scores big!

  • Vienna-Can-Sham-6in5.5% alc./vol. IBUs: 20
  • Brilliant copper hue with a lofty cream foam.
  • Smooth malt aroma with toast and caramel flavour and a hint of cherry.
  • Medium-bodied, cherry notes quickly change to crusty bread. Easy-drinking with a crisp, clean finish.
  • Recommended pairings: meat and battered fish fry, seasoned potato dishes, sweetly spiced desserts such as apple pie topped with a fresh slice of aged cheddar.
  • Learn more…

*Full distribution in 2 weeks! Look for the ruby red cans at The Beer Store and LCBO.

Celebrating 3 Years in Partnership with the NHL Alumni Association

Since 2013, Lake of Bays Brewing Company and the NHLA have raised over $100,000 in support of the NHLA’s activities through our lineup of hockey-themed beers. Founded in 1999, the NHLA is a not-for-profit organization devoted to supporting former professional hockey players in their transition to life after hockey and harnessing the power of those players to support the development of healthy communities across North America.

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Here are some of the charitable causes that the NHLA supports:

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Aug 20: Summer Beer Tasting Cruise

Summer Beer Tasting Cruise. Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Lake of Bays on Lake of Bays

Treat your hunny, your friend, your enemy you want to keep even closer to a cruise aboard the historical SS Bigwin while sampling local brews from Lake of Bays Brewing Company.
*Must be of legal drinking age.

Date: August 20th, 2016. (Rain or Shine barring severe storms)
Location: Departing from Baysville public docks
Cruise duration: 1.25 hours
Cruise times: 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: www.ssbigwin.com/summerbeercruise
Email: info@ssbigwin.com
Telephone: 1 844-4-BIGWIN

#OCBweek Features Brewmaster Dan

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The Ontario Craft Beer Week is ramping up with the Spotlight Series, featuring the people behind the beer. Second up in the series, features our brewmaster, Dan Unkerskov! We got him to answer these questions.

Q1: What is your preferred beer style?
A1: A good, well-balanced one.

Q2: What is your idea of the perfect pint (include details of location, people, scenario)?
A2: Sitting on a sunny patio at Mikkellar Brewery in Copenhagen, enjoying any one of his pints in my home country, Denmark.

Q3: What do you find the most annoying or difficult part of the brewing process?
A3: For me, there’s no part of brewing that’s hard, it’s what I do! The most difficult part is the cleaning. It’s no fun, which makes it the hardest part though it is necessary. Brewers will say you spend 90% of the job cleaning and 10% actually brewing. They’re not wrong. You gotta keep it clean for Mother yeast!

Q4: Which beer industry person do you most admire?
A4: Emil Hansen, known as the Father of Yeast, a dane that isolated the strain of yeast for brewing. Before, it was just thought of as a divine right of god, a miracle substance.

Q5: Craft beard? Piercings?Tattoos? Any other body markings that tell a story of craft brewing?
A5: They call me the Moustache Man at Lake of Bays, so I guess that would be one. There’s a scar on my hand from when I was building a brewery up in Alaska. I was cutting and welding, ended up with 11 stitches.

Q6: What is your wildest/most extravagant beer ingredient?
A6: I’m a traditional brewer. Like the 3 generations before me, I believe in balance above all. Nothing wrong with going wild, it’s just not my personal taste. I’ve thrown in ingredients like spruce, maple, coffee and sarsaparilla.

Q7: What is your proudest beer moment?
A7: Seeing my grandfather and great-grandfather’s paintings hung on the wall as historic brewers at the Albani Brewery (1859) of Odense, Denmark.

Q8: What is the most disastrous brew you ever produced?
A8: Back when I worked in St Catharine’s, I had quite the miscalculation on a cooling system. We were doing an English bitter, and ended up freezing the 50HL tan. The 5% beer turned into a 12%. Beer is cooled from the walls of the tank so as the outer layer froze, the alcohol in it was pushed to the centre, where it concentrated.

Q9: Favourite pastime when you are NOT craft brewing?
A9: Oil painting or riding on my 94 Harley Sportster.

Q10: If you could have a beer with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?
A10: Darwin or Gambrinus, God of Beer.

Six Years Strong

Six years ago today, the patrons of Baysville collected in the heart of town to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lake of Bays Brewing Company. We’ve made a home in this gem of a hub in Muskoka for 6 strong years. Read on if you’re curious about the early days at LB.

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As you can tell from the photo, our Company President, Darren Smith, was a spring chicken when he started work on the brewery at the young age of 23 with his family. His father (self-proclaimed Chief Taste Tester) and his sister Michelle are pictured to the left. They even put the mayor to work! Just kidding, but there a was grand gathering with the Baysville officials in the summer of 2009 to break ground (above).

By mid-January 2010, the brewhouse structure was completed and ready to be populated with brewing equipment. In -37 degree weather, the tanks were lifted onto a flatbed. Soon to bear ale things good and bubbly, they were tenderly transported through the bay doors, unloaded, and turned upright with forklifts. January through March was dedicated to finishing up the exterior, landscaping and preparing for the first Baysville brew!

8417425352_bf9a420e78_o A bird's eye view of the bottling and labelling process.

Originally, Lake of Bays was packaged in 341mL bottles. That’s our old bottle filling line, above. The transition to tall cans was made in 2014 in favour of protecting the beer from sun damage, lighter packaging, and an aversion of pointy sharp shards of broken bottles.

The first LB brewskie to hit the shelves was the LB Pale Ale, hitherto known as our tried and true Crosswind. Here’s a couple images of the older, old, and current package. And if you’ve made it this far, we’ll let you in on a little secret – Crosswind will be getting a fresh coat in June!

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Never a dull moment in this wet ‘n’ wild industry! Ontario has seen rapid growth in the craft beer movement and we’re happily keep chugging away with it. If you’re around Huntsville or Baysville this weekend, we hope you’ll join us in raising a glass to the sixth anniversary of Lake of Bays Brewing Company.
Skol!

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July 2009 – A timber warehouse for the old home hardware waiting to be ker-smashed by thirsty LB workers .
May 2016 – A sunny day at the brewery! You can see a fleet of LB vans that our regional sales reps use to cruise Ontario and peddle the brews.

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