The West Wind Black IPA: Tom Thomson inspired beer

The West Wind Black I.P.A. can and glassFriday, September 22nd, 2017 (Baysville, ON): Lake of Bays Brewing Company has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on a Tom Thomson-inspired beer, The West Wind Black IPA. as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of his mysterious death on Canoe Lake in July 1917. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of The West Wind Black IPA helps support the AGO.

Tom Thomson was a part of the famous Canadian artist collective, The Group of Seven. Members of this group are recognized as voyageurs and artists of the wild for the exploratory nature of their work. The artists braved the Algonquin wilds with canvas and paint in hand.

The can artwork is based on The West Wind (1916-17), one of Tom Thomson’s most recognized paintings that captures the iconic vision of the Jack Pine, blowing in the wind. Researchers suspect this was painted on Cedar Lake or possibly Grand Lake in Algonquin Park.

Find The West Wind Black IPA first at the AGO Bistro (317 Dundas Street West, Toronto) this weekend! Head on over for a taste of art & culture with a beer inspired by Tom Thomson. The beer will also be featured at the AGO’s weekly Cinq à Sept for the week of Oct 14th. Of course, you can also find it this weekend at the brewery’s Pumpkin Party!

Around Lake of Bays, there will be a special tribute tasting at Algonquin Theatre (37 Main St E, Huntsville) at the Tom Thomson Paddle Art Auction on Sept 29th, 6pm-9pm. All proceeds from the auction go to support art in our communities through Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture.

Huntsville Brewhouse to Open Spring 2018

Darren & Dan Stand in front of new facility

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 (Huntsville, ON): After a year of speculation and four months of intensive planning, Lake of Bays Brewery has officially announced the opening of The Huntsville Brewhouse on 59 Main St E (downtown). The extra-small batch brewing facility will include a full kitchen with a seated capacity of 70+ people. With street-facing windows that draw up to welcome in the fresh air, and the potential to open a sidewalk patio, this is sure to be a new favourite in the downtown core. The brewpub is scheduled for a grand opening in May 2018.

If you check out the location in person, or through Streetview, you’ll see the downstairs venue with two access points. We’ll be taking over both sides, providing us with 4000ft² to play with.

You can expect all of your Lake of Bays favourites plus experimental one-offs and seasonals as we let our brewers go wild with six 6 HL fermenters. We might even bring back a few favourites …. (Mocha Porter, anyone?).

More details to be announced! Subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to watch the dreams of Friday Beer O’Clocks unfold.

#PumpkinParty Photo Contest 2017

Post Your Picture Perfect Pumpkin Pics & Win!

Pumpkin Ale can, full pumpkin glass

Directions:

  • Pick up 1 or six cans of Wild North Pumpkin Ale.
  • Take a photo of our pumpkin ale, have fun with it!
  • Post the photo to instagram or twitter, with “#pumpkinparty” in the caption. (FYI our tag is @lb_brewing). For Facebook, just post it to our wall, so we can see it.
  • Do this as many times as you like! (no repeat pics)

 


Prizes:

  1.  2 Pumpkin Party Glasses, 2 tshirts, 4 beer vouchers, $40 Gift Certificate at Algonquin Outfitters.
  2. 2 Pumpkin Party Glasses, 2 tshirts, 4 beer vouchers, $20 Gift Certificate at Algonquin Outfitters.
  3. 2 Tshirts, 4 beer vouchers, $10 Gift Certificate at Algonquin Outfitters.
  4. … beer vouchers! For the 10 winners after, plus $25 off when you spend $100 at Algonquin Outfitters.

* Best Photo wins both prize, judged by members of the brewery, the rest of the prizes will be selected randomly!
Contest runs until Monday, September 25th, 2017. 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 25th, 2017. 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.

Great Outdoor Essentials: A Broken Axe

Wednesday August 20th, 2017 (Baysville, ON): Everything tastes better by the campfire, especially after a day spent working hard in the great outdoors. A broken axe will end your day of work pretty quickly and that image was the inspiration for Lake of Bays Brewery’s Broken Axe APA. Its crisp, bold flavour is the perfect quencher for a hard day’s work, no matter how that work ends, and its golden colour echoes the sunset at the end of the day.

Whether you’ve spent hours working on projects at the cottage, chopping wood, or setting up your campsite just the way you like it, there’s no greater reward than a crackling fire, a refreshing brew and a hearty meal cooked over the flames. But think beyond the hot dog and haul out your cast iron pots and pans – you can cook just about anything in the great outdoors. Chili? Yep. Pizza? Of course. Bacon? That, too!

And don’t forget about dessert! Sure, you can roast marshmallows and ‘smores are a classic campfire treat, but with a simple camp oven – just a small, folding metal box – you can up your dessert game and bake almost anything you can make in your kitchen.

Don’t have cast iron or a camp oven? You’ll find it at Algonquin Outfitters, too, where you’ll find just about everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors. They’ve been outfitting outdoor adventurers for more than 50 years. You can even replace that broken axe there, too.

Broken Axe APA is part of the Great Outdoors collection from Lake of Bays Brewery, all of which are made from the fresh, clear water of Lake of Bays. You’ll find it all season long – and the rest of the year, too – at the LCBO.

While you’re enjoying the great outdoors this summer, snap a few photos of your favourite landscapes for The Great Outdoors photo contest, inspired by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It’s sponsored by Lake of Bays Brewery, Algonquin Outfitters and Cavalcade Color Lab and features fabulous prizes.

Limited Time Offer! Broken Axe is on sale at the LCBO, Beer Store and grocery from Sept 10 – Oct 7!

Wild North Pumpkin Ale is Back!

Thursday August 2nd, 2017 (Baysville, ON) : Back for a 4th year in a row, our widely popular Wild North: Pumpkin Ale starts shipping next week! You can find it tomorrow at our retail store, with full distribution to Ontario Beer Stores and the LCBO by Tuesday, September 12th. We expect the GTA and Muskoka to have it by Labour Day (so lucky).

Hand crafted with real pumpkin, spices, and a touch of vanilla, it sure makes for a delicious harvest brew. With the cool autumn breeze drifting through Baysville today, we have no shame in launching this one a little early. Using Mark Campbell’s classic recipe, we dialled back the sweetness a tad this year, and have taken the hops from 15 IBUs to 25 IBUs.

Grab a can, take a pic with #pumpkinparty on Instagram or Twitter for the chance a brewery prize pack!

Great Outdoor Essentials: Paddling Oxtongue

Canoe bench, matches, toque, oxtongue, binoculars, map paddle

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 (Baysville, ON) When you’re paddling the Oxtongue River, little else matters. Stresses fade away with every stroke of the paddle as you glide across the water. The scenery is spectacular – it’s no wonder Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven were inspired to paint some of their iconic works here – and the sound of the wind in the pines soothes the soul.

Paddlers have long embraced the Oxtongue and its headwaters to the east in Algonquin Park. You only need a few essentials to really connect with the land and water: a canoe, a paddle, a lifejacket, and a map. And you’re far more likely to encounter wildlife than people.

The Oxtongue didn’t just inspire the Group of Seven – it inspired a new brew, too. The canoe is older than this great country, so a day of paddling calls for a beer that will equally stand the test of time, a brew like Lake of Bays Oxtongue India Pale Ale. Its refreshing citrus twist echoes the coolness of a dip in the water, and it leaves you with a lingering pine bitterness reminiscent of the great trees that line the water.

Oxtongue IPA in creek

Just like the Group of Seven and the brewmasters at Lake of Bays Brewery, you can get inspired by the scenery of the Oxtongue, too. While you’re out paddling this summer, whether it’s on the Oxtongue or one of our other great waterways, snap a few photos for The Great Outdoors photo contest, inspired by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It’s sponsored by Lake of Bays Brewery, Algonquin Outfitters and Cavalcade Color Lab and features fabulous prizes.

If you don’t have a canoe to start your adventure, don’t worry – Algonquin Outfitters can help. For more than 50 years, they’ve been outfitting outdoor enthusiasts just like you. Stop in at their store on the shores of Oxtongue Lake.

Oxtongue IPA is part of the Great Outdoors collection from Lake of Bays Brewery, all of which are made from the fresh, clear water of Lake of Bays. You’ll find it all season long – and the rest of the year, too – at the LCBO, Beer Store, and grocery.


Pssssst! Speaking of Tom Thomson, we’ll be releasing a brand new brew in Mid-September in honour of the 100th anniversary of his death. Look out for The West Wind Black IPA. Portion of the proceeds go to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

NOW HIRING! FALL & WINTER RETAIL STAFF

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 (Baysville, ON): We’re currently looking to add to our retail store team for work in the August to mid-October period when the store is open 7 days a week and in the mid-October to mid-April period when the store is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Various lengths & days of shifts are available.

If interested, please e-mail liz@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Great Outdoor Essentials: Spark House Watch Tower

Coffee Maker, Toque, Firebird matches, Spark House Red Ale, Knife...Spark House On Watch

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 (Baysville, ON) There’s no more classic summer activity than relaxing next to a campfire. With friends and family, with or without music – fireside jam session anyone? – and with your favourite campfire snacks at hand, it’s quintessential Lake of Bays no matter how you choose to enjoy it.

And every time, you reach for your trusty essentials: a cozy blanket, a comfy camp chair, sticks for roasting marshmallows, and your favourite brew. Whether you’ve retreated to your backyard fire pit or you’re relaxing fireside at a campsite, nothing pairs better with a crackling fire than the smoky notes of Lake of Bays Spark House Red Ale. Hints of chocolate malt complement that other campfire classic, ‘smores, and Spark House’s smokey finish makes it the perfect accompaniment to grilled food.

Like the fire towers that watched over Lake of Bays for decades, Spark House reaches new heights in craft beer. And there’s a reason it’s become a perennial favourite, just like the campfire: it’s perfect for any summer occasion. This classic anchors the Great Outdoors collection from Lake of Bays Brewery, all of which are made from the fresh, clear water of Lake of Bays. You’ll find it all season long – and the rest of the year, too – at the LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery.

When you’re in Lake of Bays, you can visit one of the places that inspired Spark House: the Dorset Fire Tower. A climb to the top offers sweeping views of the lake below. While you’re there, let the landscape inspire you and snap a few photos for The Great Outdoors photo contest, inspired by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It’s sponsored by Lake of Bays Brewery, Algonquin Outfitters and Cavalcade Color Lab and features fabulous prizes.

Great Outdoor Essentials: Switchback to Hiking

Switchback to Hiking

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 (Baysville, ON): When you lace up your boots and hit the trails, everything falls away. The sounds of traffic are replaced by birdsong, air conditioned buildings become a light breeze through the forest, and you can find yourself again.

All around Lake of Bays and in nearby Algonquin Park you’ll find a variety of trails, some that will give you a quick hit of nature, others that will challenge you, but all will remind you why you love the great outdoors.

If you need gear to get you out there, stop in at local retailer Algonquin Outfitters on your way. Then try the lesser-known Echo Valley Nature and Bike Trails west of Dwight for a quiet woodland experience, challenge yourself to hike up to the Dorset Fire Tower – bring along a blanket and a backpack full of snacks and settle in at the top to enjoy your hard-earned vantage point – or take a stroll along the Muskoka River in Baysville before making your way to Lake of Bays Brewery.

There you’ll find Switchback Pilsner, the perfect brew to end any hike, created in honour of those trails that always lead to the best views around. It’s a tangy, light-bodied beer as brilliantly gold as the mid-day sun – a refreshing way to toast a day spent in the woods.

Switchback is part of the Great Outdoors collection from Lake of Bays Brewery, all of which are made from the fresh, clear water of Lake of Bays. You’ll find it all season long – and the rest of the year, too – at the LCBO, The Beer Store and grocery.

While you’re hiking the great outdoors this summer, snap a few photos of your favourite landscapes for The Great Outdoors photo contest, inspired by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It’s sponsored by Lake of Bays Brewery, Algonquin Outfitters and Cavalcade Color Lab and features fabulous prizes.

Switchback is the August beer of the month at Sobeys. A portion of the proceeds are directed to the Gord Downie Brain Cancer Research fund at Sunnybrook.

Now Hiring! Bookkeeper/Office Administrator

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 (Baysville, ON):  Lake of Bays Brewing Company is a top 10 craft brewer in Ontario looking to hire a full time Bookkeeper/Office Administrator who would report directly to our Financial Controller. LB has been brewing up delicious craft beer since 2010. We pride ourselves on our efficient, professional and hardworking approach to business. We are seeking a motivated team player, with experience in bookkeeping and payroll processing. The successful incumbent will be detail oriented, able to work well independently, and comfortable working in an environment that is constantly changing and growing. We currently use QuickBooks for our accounting software, but will be moving to an SAP platform during the winter of 2018. The successful incumbent will help manage this transition along-side the Financial Controller.

As Bookkeeper/Office Administrator, you will:

  • Manage accounts payable & communication with vendors
  • Process payroll bi-weekly, including collecting time-sheets, managing vacation
    leave, calculating commissions for the sales team, and processing payroll with
    accuracy and timeliness.
  • Remit and report payroll withholding tax, WSIB filing, EHT filing, T4’s and
    T2200’s on time and with accuracy.
  • Manage timely bank and credit card reconciliations.
  • Collect, post and summarize payments for bank deposits – supporting the inside
    sales team with accounts receivable.
  • Manage the employee expense report process in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Financial Controller with the purchase requisition process, and cash
    flow planning.
  • Post summary of daily retail store sales from POS terminal into accounting
    software, and reconcile retail sales HST on a monthly basis (currently
    QuickBooks).
  • Assist with month end adjusting journal entries.
  • Administer the group insurance program and help employees with questions or
    concerns.
  • Be a team player willing to assist in house-keeping items at the office.
    Qualifications and Experience:
  • 3-5+ years experience bookkeeping and payroll processing
  • Recognized degree or diploma in Bookkeeping or Accounting
  • Strong skill-set in Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with QuickBooks or SAP for small businesses

Competitive salary and benefit package available. Salary to commensurate with experience.

Job Type: Full-time

Email Martina your application: martina@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca