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

August Brews Cruise

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Treat your hunny, your friend, your enemy 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 19th, 2017. (Rain or Shine barring severe storms)
Location: Departing from Baysville public docks
Cruise duration: 1.25 hours
Cruise time: 2pm
Includes: SS Bigwin cruise; five beer samples; one 12oz glass of beer; complimentary brewery tour.
Ticket price: $50 per person
Purchase tickets: Online 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/brewscruise
Email: info@ssbigwin.com
Telephone: 1 844-4-BIGWIN

Now Hiring! Ale Ambassadors

Ale Ambassadors

Lake of Bays Brewing Company – Various Locations in Ontario
Lake of Bays Brewing Company (LB) is a top 10 craft brewer in Ontario looking for servers with vehicle access, Smart Serve, and Food Handler’s Certification.

This is to promote our Switchback Pilsner, which is beer of the Month in August. Servers must be scheduled by early July for these 4 hour samplings.

As ale ambassador, you will be responsible for:

  • Checking ID as needed and following all Smart Serve rules.
  • Providing tasting notes and brewery information.
  • Serving up samples with a smile!

Job Type: Freelance $15/hr

To apply please address Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Girdwood, with your resume, location, availability in August, and Smart Serve number.

sgirdwood@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Now Hiring! Sales Director

Sales Director

Lake of Bays Brewing Company – Toronto, ON
Lake of Bays Brewing Company (LB) is a top 10 craft brewer in Ontario looking to take its business to the next level. We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated sales director to take charge of all sales activities in Ontario, as well as out-of-province activity that is limited at present but expected to grow over time.

As sales director, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing a team of 10+ inside & outside sales reps.
    Setting sales objectives at the provincial and territory level on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Working with your team to meet and exceed established sales goals through effective planning, coordination and execution on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Defining a multi-year vision and structure for your department, working with other senior management to put in place the people, products and marketing supports needed for long-term success.

Laying out monthly & annual budgets for all sales-related expenses, in conjunction with our financial controller, and ensuring compliance throughout the course of the year.
The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated track record of success in comparable sales management roles. Prior experience in the beer industry is a strong asset, however candidates with experience in related fields (other beverage alcohol, consumer packaged goods) will also be considered.

This position is based out of the GTA, with regular travel to the company’s head office in Muskoka. Candidates based in Muskoka & Central Ontario may also apply, understanding that significant travel will be required to Toronto and other key markets.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply please address President & Founder Darren Smith: careers@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

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

Taste the Great Outdoors: New Beers at Lake of Bays

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (Baysville, ON):  Today at the brewery, we’re celebrating the launch of 3 new beers in our lineup. It’s almost our seventh beerthday (May 21st, 2010), and we’ve made some big changes to the look and flavour of our year-round selection.

We proudly introduce Switchback Pilsner, Broken Axe APA, and Oxtongue IPA as new mainstays of our core lineup.  Spark House is staying on board as a leader of the red ales with a fresh coat of paint. Brewers Dan Unkerskov, Mike Pawlick, Andrew Walsh and Mark Campbell spent the winter concocting innumerable pilot batches for bold new brews. The result: three exciting new flavours that deliver a satisfying taste of the great outdoors.

The updated design of our tall cans embraces our home in Ontario’s wilderness, a site of escape and discovery for many Canadians. The feeling of wanderlust, and of immersing oneself in the outdoors, is celebrated in our new brands with modern and compelling artwork that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of our region.

Check out the brewery today to sample the goods, talk to the brewers and indulge in free pork sliders served up by Grand-dad Smith. If you can’t join us this time not, come find us as we tour beer festivals across Ontario to celebrate these natural beauties! Look for the bright yellow tent in Muskoka, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Georgetown and London (see full tour). You can also find our beer at the LCBO, The Beer Store, and select grocery stores and fine bars & restaurants across the province.

A lot has changed since we first opened in 2010: craft beer exploded onto the scene, the number craft breweries quintupled, tall cans continued their march to the top, beer arrived in grocery stores and beer drinkers got a whole lot more adventurous in their tastes. We hope you’ll join us for another seven years of outdoor adventure in the ever-changing world that is craft.

Now for some eye candy! Read on, McDuff.



SH-BackFront_vSpark House Red Ale

In the heart of the forest,the spark house stands alone. Drawing its deep, smooth character from chocolate and roasted malts, this full-bodied red ale finishes dry and sits high above the rest.

Like the fire towers that watch over Lake of Bays, our red has stood the test of time as our most popular brew. Ole Sparky, the Sparkle Horse, or Spark House as we lovingly call it, continues to trend high among old and new craft beer drinkers as an undeniably balanced yet robust beer for any occasion.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Flaked Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, and Roast Barley Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Saaz

5% alc./vol. | 29 IBUs

 

SB-BackFront-WebSwitchback Pilsner

A Switchback is a path to the summit for the determined and adventurous. It takes a little longer and more work to get there but is always worth it. This light-bodied beer with slight bitterness is for those who appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

Switchback pours with a brilliant golden hue and dense white foam. Aromatics are of fresh-cut hay with slight floral notes and the unmistakable graininess that is the hallmark of a traditional German-style pilsner. The mouth feel is light-bodied with a subtle hint of citrus and the pleasant tanginess of Hallertau hops. Finishes clean and refreshing. Recipe by our resident Dane, Dan Unkerskov.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Pilsen, Flaked Wheat Hops: Magnum, Hallertau

4.5% alc./vol. | 24 IBUs

 

BA-BackFront-WebBroken Axe American Pale Ale

A broken axe signifies your work is done for the day — so take off your gloves and claim your reward. Stacked with bold flavour and bright citrus tones, this beer is a cut above.

Named for its bold clean-cut flavour, Broken Axe American Pale Ale is a crisp and juicy reward to a hard day’s work. The welcoming aromas of peach and apricot develop into a tropical splash of lemon and grapefruit. Centennial, Wakatu and Idaho 7 hops are on double-duty, offering a balance of medium bitter flavour with a sharp citrus twist. Chalk it up as another cutting edge creation by our homegrown brewers: Mike Pawlick and Andrew Walsh.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Carafoam, Wheat Malt Hops: Centennial, Idaho 7, Wakatu.

4.8% alc./vol. | 36 IBUs

 

OX-BackFront-WenOxtongue India Pale Ale

Rivers are the roads of the forest. The Oxtongue flows naturally but boldly in Lake of Bays, and is the beer you can bank on to deliver a deep malt flavour with a splash of citrus notes. Let it flow.

Take your tastebuds on a ride with the Oxtongue IPA for a journey that’s hop-forward and dry with a refreshing citrus twist.  You’re greeted by a touch of boozy heat on the nose that envelops a hint of lemon, suggesting the grapefruit flavour swirling in the medium-bodied warm copper ale. Welcome a slight Vienna malt sweetness that trails off with a lingering pine bitterness. Hats off to the recipe leads, Andrew Walsh and Mike Pawlick.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Carafoam, Wheat Malt Hops: Centennial, Idaho 7, Pekko

Alc./Vol. 6.2% | 65 IBUs

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