Partial Filtration, Full Flavour

Baysville, ON (Monday, July 25th): We’re constantly striving to bring beer-drinkers the best, and we believe the switch to partial filtration to be the next step. By skipping the cartridge and implementing centrifuge-only filtration, we’re serving up fuller flavour and true craft style.

Look for partially filtered beer by Lake of Bays at the LCBO, Beer Store, and select watering holes in and around Ontario.

Dan & Darren explain why we’re brewing with partial filtration:

“Partial filtration in the beer gives the beer drinker a much better experience, you get much better hop aroma, more of the freshness of the malt flavours. You truly get more of the natural beer flavour, it’s not stripped out.” – Dan Unkerskov, Brewmaster

The centrifuge system whips unwanted beer particulates out of the liquid without stripping the essential hop oil and proteins that contribute to fuller flavour. As you can see above (or at 1:32), there is a slight difference in clarity. A partially filtered beer should have a slight haze to it. This is a sign of quality and nutrients in the beer.

Other benefits include saving water and reducing waste. By switching to centrifuge-only filtration, we dispose of plastic cartridges used in bright, tightly filtered beers.

Embrace the haze with Lake of Bays! #teamhaze


#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:
Telephone: 1 844-4-BIGWIN

LB & CFLAA Part Ways


Lake of Bays Brewing and CFLAA Part Ways

Baysville, ON — (March 8th, 2016) With the 2015 Canadian football season now complete, it is with regret that Lake of Bays Brewing (LB) and the Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA) announce the conclusion of their beer partnership.

LB and the CFLAA inked a partnership in February 2014 and worked together for almost two years. In collaboration with the CFLAA, LB launched Pigskin Pilsner in growler bottles within Ontario and parts of Western Canada. Chris Walby, CFL Hall of Fame Inductee, was featured on a specialty growler released in the Manitoba market. Proceeds collected by the CFLAA were used to support former players, the game of football in Canada, and other charitable causes.

The CFLAA would like to continue with the Pigskin brand and is actively searching for craft breweries who would be interested in a partnership. Interested parties may contact the CFLAA for more information.

A Federally incorporated not-for-profit association, the CFLAA’s mission is to nurture, strengthen and grow the Canadian Football League football family in both Canada and the United States.

Lake of Bays Brewing Company is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing craft breweries, offering a selection of year-round, seasonal, and limited edition beers.

Sarah Girdwood
Marketing Assistant, Lake of Bays Brewing
1 (855) 311-BEER (2337)

Leo Ezerins
Executive Director, CFLAA

Beer Pancakes: Spring Maple Belgian Blonde

LB Spring Maple Pancakes: image of hot steamy pancakes!

Beer Pancakes: Spring Maple

Mix up Sunday brunch with pancakes à la bière! You’re basically just replacing the milk with beer, simple right? These flapjacks come out nice and moist with enhanced maple flavour.

Make from scratch or sub beer for milk where the pre-fab mix demands.

Find the Beer



  • Spring Maple and glass filled with bright golden liquid.1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup of Lake of Bays Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted.
  • Great with syrup from our sappy source, Shaw’s Orillia!

Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl or pitcher for easy pouring. Then add egg, beer, and butter. Whisk until blended. Set your pan, skillet or griddle to medium heat. Add butter, and you know the rest.

Many thanks to Adam Kemp of The Brew Head for sharing this recipe. He made a comment on one of our instagram pics, espousing beer pancakes, so we touched based and boom! Now it’s in your screen. The Ontario craft community is as warm and fluffy as flapjacks.

Ontario Craft Brewers acknowledge Ontario government support

via OCB


February 25, 2016



Government Grant Supports Industry Growth Initiatives, Retail & Quality Programs

TORONTO (February 25, 2016) – Ontario Craft Brewers today acknowledged the Ontario government for its industry support in the 2016 provincial budget.

Government announced that it will extend funding for the Microbrewery Strategy for a total of $1.4 million over two years.

“We are very happy to receive this funding,” says Darren Smith, president, Lake of Bays Brewing and vice-chair of Ontario Craft Brewers.

“We will use it to assist us with the rollout to grocery stores, which we are very excited about, and, we will use it to support our continued efforts to have a brewery in every city and town in the province.”

Ontario Craft Breweries are now located in over 80 communities and the goal is to expand to 150. OCB knows of approximately 130 bricks and mortar breweries and another 40 or so contract/breweries in planning.

“Of course, we will also use grant money to continue to build our quality programs, to explore trade/export opportunities, to work with all industry stakeholders and suppliers (ie: Ontario’s hop industry),” says Smith, “and for tourism opportunities and OCB brand building including PR, marketing, social media, website and events such as Ontario Craft Beer Week, Ontario Craft Brewers Conference (OCBC) and festivals.”


Ontario Craft Brewers: Real People. Real Craft Beer.
Ontario Craft Brewers is an association of over 60 small brewers dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario – from the Ottawa Valley to Windsor and Niagara to Muskoka and as far north as Kenora. Handcrafting over 450 premium beers, Ontario Craft Brewers employ well over 1,400 people (FTEs) in Ontario, accounting for over 30 per cent of the direct brewing industry jobs in the province. As of 2014, Ontario’s Craft Brewers’ share for premium priced brands was almost 5% of the beer volume sold. Craft beer continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. The OCB’s long term vision is to have at least one brewery in every city and town in the province and to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing. Funding provided by the government of Ontario. Please enjoy our Ontario Craft Beer responsibly.

For more information about the Ontario Craft Brewers, or  follow us on Twitter @OntCraftBrewers or Facebook or Instagram

Media Contact: Christine Mulkins, BOOST PR 647-242-3686

Back to sap, Spring Maple’s back!

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Baysville, ON (Feb. 25, 2016) –  It’s time for a spring awakening with our seasonal maple belgian ale. Spring Maple took home a silver medal at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, so you won’t wanna miss it!


Back with a shiny new coat! Find the maple at participating LCBOs, while supplies lastSKU# 442780 (check availability).

Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale is hand-crafted with fresh maple from Shaw’s Orillia, a family farm established in 1958 (they also make a mean flapjack). Belgian yeast balances the maple sweetness with spicy notes and a dryer finish.

Product Details:

  • Maple and hazlenut, slight floral hint with a subtle nutmeg finish.
  • Vibrant amber colour with off-white foam collar.
  • Aroma of vanilla and caramelized apple.
  • Smooth with a gentle, refreshing bitterness.
  • 7% alc/vol (read more)

Muskoka Maple Trail (Mar 14 – Apr 23)

Plan a sweet Spring Break in Muskoka! Local businesses will be embracing maple season with special maple-themed products for the month leading up to the Maple Festival in downtown Huntsville.

See what’s sap-pening (hehe).

Maple ale puts spring in your sip” – Cody Lobreau, Brandon Sun


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