#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.

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


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.

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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.

When life gives you lemons, make beer!

Wild North: Summer SunsetWN-SS-Can-Glass-12in

Baysville, ON (May 16, 2016) –  Introducing Summer Sunset, our latest edition in the Wild North Series. This dockside companion is made with lemon zest for a dash of citrus flavour. Pilsen malt balances the medium hop character. Wash away the heat with this delicious summer treat!


Find Summer Sunset at participating retailers and watering holes while supplies last: SKU#467050.

Product Details:

  • Soft hay gold with white frothy head.
  • Citrusy aroma with floral and pine notes.
  • Light-bodied and slight bitterness to finish.
  • 4.5% alc/vol (read more)
  • 24 IBUs

Try it at our May 2-4 Event!

Michael Bell kicks off Summer Saturdays with live music in the Beer Garden from 12-3. Enjoy a beer and a bite from Fork in the Road at our place on the way to the cottage. As always, free samples and tours!


For more information:
Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Assistant
(705) 767-2313

2nd Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ


Baysville, ON (Apr. 21, 2016) – It’s been two years since our last Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue, but it’s time to bring it back!

Saturday, April 30th, 5:30pm –  9:30pm
Tickets: $30+HST — Call us to book! 1 (855) 311-2337
Includes: Meal, live entertainment, beer & bourbon sampling right in the brewery.
Fork in the Road will be whipping up a mean meal of pork, slaw,  salads, beans, and taters with all the fixins! Chef Terry will station his cookout right inside the brewery, so you can breathe in the smokey goodness over some samples of beer and bourbon by Jim Beam. We’ll have locally baked cookies and brownies for dessert (if you have room….).

We’re excited to welcome
Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers to perform among the bright tanks. This full piece band has a killer setlist ranging from indie to country to folk. Find them listed in CBC Searchlight and set to perform at the Roots North Festival.


2nd Annual Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise

SS Bigwin: Father's Day Beer Tasting Cruise. Saturday, June 18th, 2016

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 18th, 2016. (Subject to weather. Rain date: Sunday, June 19th, 2016.)
Location: Departing from Baysville public docks
Cruise duration: 1.25 hours
Cruise times: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Includes: SS Bigwin cruise; four 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

NHLAA Hockey Benefit Tour 2016


Win 4 tickets to the Bracebridge game! See bottom of the page for contest details.

Bracebridge Memorial Arena • ON January 22nd, 2016 • Puck Drops at 7pm

As part of their Hockey Benefit Tour, members of the National Hockey League Alumni Association will be making their annual return to Bracebridge. The opposing team is Muskoka’s very own Law Enforcement All Stars.

Alum tumbling in the netIn recent years, the game has started out pretty competitive, but usually evolves into general silliness. The NHLAA players enjoy a good roasting by the referee who will be riffing jokes and jabs at the alums.

During intermission, the Bracebridge Bears play a short game and get to knock gloves with the greats. The audience is invited to participate in some contests, followed by a few hockey skills competitions between NHLAA players and the OPP.

Bracebridge Bears mingling with the NHLAA playersMany of us here at the brewery will by rallying at the game to show our support for this not-for-profit event! More than likely, after a couple cans of Top Shelf.

After the game, the players will be having a little after-party at the Crabby Joe’s in Bracebridge. This is a great opportunity to get your gear signed along with some wings ‘n’ brews.

NHL Alumni lineup: Rick Vaive, Brent Gretzky, Walter Gretzky, Greg Johnston, Mike Krushelnyski, Mark Napier, Jack Valiquette, Kris King, Al Lafrate, Bill Derlago, Mike Pelyk, Dennis Maruk, Mark Laforest, Dave Hutchison, Bryan Muir, and Dan Daoust.

How to win tickets:

What do you like to do in Muskoka during the winter?  Simply send your answer to sgirdwood@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca. Please provide your name and mailing address. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday, January 18th, 2016.

Terms and conditions: The winner will be awarded 4 tickets to the Benefit Hockey game to take place at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena on January 22nd, 2016 at 7pm. The recipient agrees to have their first name or full name announced on Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s website and social media outlets. Beyond this announcement, we promise not to share or use any of your personal information.

The Scotiabank NHL Alumni Benefit Tour supports the Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run’s mission “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Holiday Hours & The Parade

Holiday hours at the Retail Store

Baysville, ON – (December 10th, 2015): We’re emerging from hibernation to open our doors for the holidays! Please use this calendar when planning your trip, as we’d hate to miss ya. Warm up with some samples, including our latest seasonal beers, Wild North Midnight Bock and Old North Mocha Porter. You can stock up on holiday cheer at our growler bar or grab from the fridge. If you have any spare cans, we’re decorating our tree with Baysville’s finest!

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Baysville, 2014: View from the float.

If you’re looking for a gift for the craft beer nut in the family, we’ve got a selection of toques, sweaters, and apparel to choose from. Visit our Facebook album, “Represent” to check out our beer gear. Not sure? You can purchase an empty growler for $5 and any number of fills at $10 each.

If you’re around this Sunday (Dec 13), watch out for the Baysville Santa Claus Parade, starting at 1pm. We’ve got a pretty groovy float this year with Darren, Liz, Ian and the brew crew handing out vouchers for a free beer at the retail store.

Holiday Hours

Fri, Dec 11: 12-5
Sat, Dec 12: 10-5
Sun, Dec 13: 11-3
Mon, Dec 14 – Thurs, Dec 17: Closed
Fri, Dec 18: 12-5
Sat, Dec 19: 10-3 (We’ve got party to hit!)
Sun, Dec 20 – Wed, Dec 23: 11-3
Christmas Eve: 11-3
Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 11-3
Sun, Dec 27 – Wed, Dec 30: 11-3
New Year’s Eve: 11-3
New Year’s Day: Closed

Resume regular hours thereafter:
Fridays 12-5
Saturdays 10-5
Sundays 11-3

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