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.

LCBO

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.

CFL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND LAKE OF BAYS BREWING COMPANY ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

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 cflaa.ca

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 LakeofBaysBrewing.ca.

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Contact:

CFL Alumni Association
Leo Ezerins
leo@cflalumni.org
(905) 464-0007

Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Tamsen Tillson
tamsen@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca
(705) 767-2313 | (705) 645-5225

View Flickr photo albums from the day here.

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

A visit from Johnny Bower

Johnny Bower and some young fans, January 18, 2014
Johnny and some young fans at Boston Pizza on Front Street in Toronto

January 18, 2014 – None other than Mr. Johnny Bower himself dropped by to say hello, sign some bottles of China Wall and to pose for a few photos, brightening up a chilly January afternoon on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Johnny first stopped by the Summerhill LCBO — quite a place, if you’ve never been there do check it out — and then later spent some time at Boston Pizza on Front Street.

Johnny Bower signing a photo of himself from the 1960s.
Many thanks Reg and our friends at the LCBO, Lauren, Mike, Nick and the Boston Pizza crew, and Debbie and Dylan from the NHL Alumni Association.

And most of all, thank you, Mr. Bower, for sharing some stories about your legendary career, and for being your gracious self. It was great to meet you.

From Darren, Scott, Adam and the rest of us at Lake of Bays Brewing Company.

Click on any of the images here to visit our Flickr page and view our photo album from the day. Contact us directly if you would like a high resolution copy of any of them.

Johnny Bower, January 18, 2014

Tillson, Darren Smith, Johnny Bower, Graham McIntosh, Antonia Smith, Scott Harkness and Adam Evans.
Teresa Allinson, Tamsen Tillson, Darren Smith, Johnny Bower, Graham McIntosh, Antonia Smith, Scott Harkness and Adam Evans.

Baby it's cold!

January 2, 2014, BAYSVILLE —  The mercury may be a wee bit low for comfort, but buck up, bundle up, and get out there. There’s plenty to keep our engines running at Lake of Bays Brewing Company.

January 4, 2014: NHL Alumni Tour is playing in Bracebridge to raise dollars for local charities. Tickets are $22, but if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you could win tickets! For more about the tourney go to benefithockey.com

January 16-18: London Food & Wine Show. Arrive hungry, and thirsty! Look for Lake of Bays Brewing Company. More about the show and how to get your tickets here.

January 18: Johnny Bower himself, one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and the honouree of our Signature Series tribute brew China Wall, will be appearing at the LCBO Toronto Summerhill on January 18, Hockey Day in Canada. He will be signing bottles of China Wall and chatting up visitors from about 1:30 to 2:15, and then he’ll be heading to Boston Pizza on Front Street for more of the same. Come meet one of the greatest hockey legends of all time.

January 24-26: National Bridal Show, Toronto – Your special day deserves special beer, don’t you think? Go say hello to Nadine, who’s bringing Lake of Bays to the National Bridal Show, at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Toronto.

January 25: Hockey Night in Haliburton. Come see the world premiere of There’s Something in the Water, a riveting documentary that follows the rise of Haliburton’s many sons who have become hockey sensations. You can view the trailer here. Organizers are shooting for 2,000 to 3,000 attendees, making this event the biggest Haliburton has ever seen. Read a Highlander article about the event.

February 1: Launch of Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale. Brewed in association with the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association using Ontario maple syrup, this limited-edition seasonal ale was a real hit last year. Look for it at the LCBO and at select licensees using beerfinder.ca on your smartphone.

And remember, the days are getting longer! Before you know it you’ll be sipping a cold one on the dock.

 

 

Mark your calendars: February 24 in Oakville

Hey craft beer lover, are you in or around Oakville?
The ultimate in adult education!
(Here’s what you say to your teens as you head out the door:
Kids, make your own dinner. Mom and dad are off to night school!”)

Cookin’ and Sippin’ with Delish Ontario Craft Beer

with Nadine Thompson, Director of Hospitality at Lake of Bays Brewing Company

theLoftMonday, February 24, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Loft at Longo’s
South East Oakville
469 Cornwall Road, Oakville, ON, L6J 7S8
(905) 338-1255 / loftseoakville@longos.com

Please join Nadine Thompson, Director of Hospitality, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, as she chats about Lake of Bays’ amazing Craft Beers.

While you are a sippin’ she will be cooking you an amazing three-course dinner!

Starting with an LB Rock Cut Lager cheddar soup, she will follow with the main course, lamb braised in LB Mocha Porter with winter veggies served over couscous. The grand finale for us sweetie pies is a decadent chocolate truffle torte with our Sparkhouse Red Ale.

For all you foodies who demand the best from your artisans and ingredients to those who want to know more about great Ontario Craft Beer, please join us. Let us share our passion!

Includes beer pairings. $25

For more on the Loft Adult Classes and how to register, download the Loft’s printable PDF brochure.

Hope you can make it!

Top Shelf launch party

October 10, 2013 — Thanks to everyone who came out for the official launch of Top Shelf Classic Lager, held October 8 at Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto. What a great evening! Check out the Photo Album.

Photo of Walter Gretzky and Adam Evans
Birthday boy Walter Gretzky and Adam Evans of Lake of Bays Brewing.

October 8 also happened to be Walter Gretzky’s 75th birthday, and we were thrilled that he stopped by before and after the game (Leafs vs Colorado — [2-1 Colorado]) to say hello.

Top Shelf Classic Lager is now being shipped to pubs and restaurants as well as LCBOs across the province.

Here are the first establishments in Ontario where you can buy yourself a Top Shelf.

  • Barrie: Locker Room
  • Bracebridge: The Old Station Restaurant
  • Brooklin: 1837
  • Hamilton: Doors Pub
  • Harcourt: White Pines Shores
  • North Bay: Boston Pizza, Wacky Wings
  • Oakville: Southside Cottage Grill
  • Port Credit: Crooked Cue
  • Sault Sainte Marie: Wacky Wings
  • St. Catharines: Kim’s Wooden Nicol
  • Sudbury: Wacky Wings
  • Timmins: Wacky Wings

Look for Top Shelf at your local LCBO, or have a look on our phone-friendly mobile app: BeerFinder.ca; where you can find all of Lake of Bays’ beers are available near you.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Top Shelf Classic Lager — Now Available!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the official launch of Top Shelf Classic Lager, held October 8 at Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto. What a great evening! Check out the Photo Album.

Photo of Walter Gretzky and Adam Evans
Birthday boy Walter Gretzky and Adam Evans of Lake of Bays Brewing.

October 8 also happened to be Walter Gretzky’s 75th birthday, and we were thrilled that he stopped by before and after the game (Leafs vs Colorado — [2-1 Colorado]) to say hello.

Top Shelf Classic Lager is now being shipped to pubs and restaurants as well as LCBOs across the province.

Here are the first establishments in Ontario where you can buy yourself a Top Shelf.

  • Barrie: Locker Room
  • Bracebridge: The Old Station Restaurant
  • Brooklin: 1837
  • Hamilton: Doors Pub
  • Harcourt: White Pines Shores
  • North Bay: Boston Pizza, Wacky Wings
  • Oakville: Southside Cottage Grill
  • Port Credit: Crooked Cue
  • Sault Sainte Marie: Wacky Wings
  • St. Catharines: Kim’s Wooden Nicol
  • Sudbury: Wacky Wings
  • Timmins: Wacky Wings

Look for Top Shelf at your local LCBO, or have a look on our phone-friendly mobile app: BeerFinder.ca; where you can find all of Lake of Bays’ beers are available near you.

Hope you enjoy it!