NHLAA Hockey Benefit Tour 2016

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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.

Craft Beer in Grocery Stores!

Darren picking up a can of Spark House at the Loblaws checkoutToronto, ON – (December 15th, 2015): Big news in the beer world today. By now, everyone has seen the photos of Kathleen Wynne at the Loblaws checkout, commenting “It’s nice to get carded.” Did they pop the question to Darren here? “Yes, they actually did.”

Loblaws has expressed their commitment to Ontario Craft Breweries by dedicating 50% of their shelf space to local beer. This exceeds the government’s 20% shelf space minimum for Ontario craft products.  We ‘re hopeful that many other grocers will follow suit.

Past sales helped to get the brewers ready as overall the craft beer market looks to expand from a roughly 4% market share in the province to upward of 8% to 10%. – via  Patrick Bales, Packet & Times

Fifty-eight grocers have been authorized to date. By provincial regulation, the maximum allowed in Ontario is 450. The first round of bidding for the authorization of beer sales at grocery stores closed on November 17th, 2015. The next round will take place in 2016, and Ontario.ca predicts 150 grocers to be authorized by May 2017. Recent news articles suggest that the maximum may be reached by the end of the same year.

So far we’ve received orders from 23 grocery stores and expect more to come. Let’s raise a toast to the biggest change that Ontario beer lovers have seen since the of prohibition, more than 80 years ago!

Here’s a map to guide your next food ‘n’ beer run!Authorized Grocery Stores:

Bolded entries represent LB products availability; more expected in coming weeks as grocers solidify product selection.

GTA

  • Farm Boy 360 Taunton Rd., Unit 2, Whitby 905-430-1400
  • Michael-Angelo’s 4099 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga 905-820-3300
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 4750 Dufferin St., Toronto 416-736-6606
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market 3300 Rutherford Road, Vaughan 905-303-3999
  • Galleria Supermarket 7040 Yonge St., Vaughan 905-771-1474
  • Galleria Supermarket 865 York Mills Road, Suite 1, Toronto 647-352-7788
  • Real Canadian Superstore 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive, Toronto 416-665-3209
  • Loblaws 380 The East Mall, Etobicoke 416-695-8990
  • Loblaws 5010 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga 905-607-0580
  • Loblaws 17 Leslie St., Toronto 416-469-2897
  • Loblaws 50 Musgrave St., Toronto 416-694-3838
  • Real Canadian Superstore 171 Guelph St, Georgetown 905 877-5393
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1385 Harmony Road North, Oshawa 905-433-9569
  • Real Canadian Superstore 2549 Weston Rd., Toronto 416-246-9192
  • Real Canadian Superstore 18120 Yonge St., Newmarket 905 830-4072
  • Metro 1050 Kennedy Circle, Milton 905-878-3363
  • Metro 1822 Whites Road, Pickering 905-420-8838
  • Metro 16640 Yonge St., Newmarket 905-853-5100
  • Longo’s 3455 Wyecroft Road, Oakville 905-825-8989
  • Longo’s 469 Cornwall Road, Oakville 905-338-1255
  • Sobeys 15500 Bayview Ave., Aurora 905-726-2530
  • Sobeys 11700 Yonge St., Richmond Hill 905-508-7585
  • FreshCo 2501 Third Line, Oakville 905-827-6322
  • FreshCo 800 Steeles Ave W., Vaughan 905-669-0336

WEST

  • Farm Boy 1415 Beaverbrook Ave., London 519-963-2895
  • Walmart Supercentre 1280 Fanshawe Park Road, London 519-472-7100
  • Starsky Fine Foods 685 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-573-8885
  • Real Canadian Superstore 875 Highland Road West, Kitchener 519-745-4781
  • Fortinos 65 Mall Road, Hamilton 905-574-0810
  • Real Canadian Superstore 1205 Oxford St., London 519-641-3653
  • Real Canadian Superstore 4371 Walker Road, Windsor 519-972-8335
  • Zehrs 400 Conestoga Blvd., Cambridge 519 620-1376
  • Food Basics 509 Commissioners Road W., London 519-463-2857
  • Food Basics 3770 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls 905-371-3200
  • Food Basics 505 Rymal Road E., Hamilton 905-574-5298
  • Metro 500 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph 519-763-3827
  • Sobeys 977 Golf Links Road, Ancaster 905-648-3534
  • Sobeys 307 Grand River St. N., Paris 519-442-4485
  • FreshCo 700 Queenston Road, Hamilton 905-560-8111

EAST

  • Farm Boy 2030 Tenth Line, Ottawa (Orleans) 613-841-4221
  • La Mantia’s Country Market 50 William Street South, Lindsay 705-324-6625
  • Brown’s Your Independent Grocer 1251 Main St, Stittsville 613-831-9268
  • Loblaws 1980 Baseline Road, Ottawa 613-723-3200
  • Loblaws 1100 Princess St., Kingston 613-530-3861
  • Real Canadian Superstore 760 Eagleson Road, Ottawa 613 254-6050
  • Metro 3201 Strandherd Drive, Nepean 613-823-8825
  • Food Basics 975 West Ridge Blvd, Orillia 705-326-5200
  • Sobeys 700 Terry Fox Dr., Kanata 613-831-1444
  • Sobeys 193 Metcalfe St., Ottawa 613-598-0027
  • Sobeys 840 March Road, Kanata 613-599-8965
  • Sobeys 1200 Lansdowne St W., Peterborough 705-748-5655
  • Sobeys 501 Towerhill Road, Peterborough 705-740-9026

NORTH

  • Pino’s Get Fresh 219 Trunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie 705-946-5632
  • Walmart Supercentre 2416 Long Lake Road, Sudbury 705-523-1300
  • Walmart Supercentre 1349 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury 705-566-3700
  • Real Canadian Superstore 971 Carrick St., Thunder Bay 807-343-4544
  • Safeway 115 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay 907-473-5993
  • Safeway 1015 Dawson Road, Thunder Bay 807-768-0099

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!

View from the Xmas Float 2014
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

It’s Bock o’Clock!

Midnight Bock Cans on the belt where the moisture is blown off.

Baysville, ON – (November 18th, 2015): Introducing the latest instalment of our Wild North Series, the Midnight Bock! What is a bock? It is in fact a dark lager, like the stout’s cousin.  Big, rich, dark and malty, Bock beer was oringinally developed to sustain fasting monks. Brewed with malted wheat and molasses, this smooth-sipping, full-bodied treat will carry you through a long chilly night.

Get lost in the midnight dark chocolate and ruby toned colours, capped with a soft tan foam. Pairs perfectly with gentler cheeses such as provolone or mozzarella, seared or cured antipasto meats, and chocolate-covered almonds. Great choice for dinner parties!

5.5% alc./vol. | IBUs: 24

Canned on November 12th, the Midnight Bock shipped out on the 16th and 17th to the Beer Store and various restaurants and pubs. Some, like B @ The Museum even have it on cask!

TBS Bock Availability-Nov-20.

*While supplies last. * Further distribution TBD.

Adopt-A-Highway!

(L-R) Darren, Colton, Sarah and Mitch after a wet and windy highway cleanup.HWY 11 Bayville, ON — (November 1, 2015): Things got trashy yesterday as these fine members of the LB Crew hit the road cleanin’: President Darren, Marketing Assistant Sarah, Exports/Eventsmeister Mitch, and his super-awesome son, Colton. We collected the odds and sods that had accumulated between Exits 182 and 184 on the side of the highway since May.

It was a cold and drizzly day made all the more rewarding when the cleanup came to an end. We thank the roadsters for not throwing anything at us!

Interesting finds include: 3 tires, one full bike rack, an endless supply of Timmies cups. As new road mommies, we can’t wait to see our sign go up and encourage other local businesses to do the same!

Contest: Movember Math

LB: Movember Math. Guess the whiskers on this mister. Sponsored by the Village Cigar Company

Guess the number of hairs in our Head Brewer’s moustache to win an LB Prize Pack and a free hair cut and grooming at the Village Cigar Company & Barbershop.

Dan has 2 eyes, one nose, and ten beers. How many moustache hairs does that leave him?

Guess, share and shave! In the comments, write a number that you think to be the closest to the number of hairs in Dan Unkerskov’s moustache. You can only guess once! So make it count.

If it turns out more than one person has selected the winning number, we will perform a random draw to select the big winner! Contest closes at 12AM, November 10th.

Prizing includes a free haircut and grooming/shave at the Village Cigar Company, located in Burlington and Oakville. To sweeten the deal we’ll send you home with a brewery prize pack!

We can make you a star!

By participating in this contest, you agree to have your pretty picture taken at the Village Cigar Company & Barbershop. You also agree to the free use of these photos across the websites and social media platforms owned by Lake of Bays Brewing Company and Village Cigar Company & Barbershop. You understand that these photos may be shared by other users not associated with either company.

Lake of Bays Brewing Company and the Village Cigar Company and Barbershop acknowledge that your personal information will not be publicized apart from your name and photograph. We understand that you may not wish to have your whole name shared with the public, but we may select your first and/or last name upon announcement of the prize winner.

Alberta Markup Increase

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Dear valued Lake of Bays Customer,

As of this morning, the Alberta Government has implemented a flat rate markup per litre on all beer imported into its province. The amount is $1.25/litre or approximately $0.60/can regardless of the size of the brewery. This is about an 1100% increase from the previous markup rate of $0.10/litre for a brewery of our size. We had no advance warning of this increase, the effect of which will be a sudden spike in the price of our beer. We apologize for any issues this may cause, and we are happy to assist you with working out new retail price points based on the new wholesale pricing. We’d like to stress that this price increase does not represent a “cash grab” on our part, but rather a drastic and unexpected increase in taxation. We are a small, but growing brewery in Ontario and are excited to be offering our beer in other provinces such as Alberta. We hope you will continue to support us, as we love producing tasty beer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the brewery if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,
Lake of Bays Brewing Co.
info@lakeofbaysbrewing.ca
705-767-2313

A ghastly giveaway!

Smiling bocha pumpkin in front of orange twinkle lights.
Photocred Flickr’s Ginny: http://bit.ly/1N64AGI

If we can TRICK you into doing our survey, we’ll TREAT the first 50 of you to 2 tall cans! Woohahaha!

We’re trying to learn more about our dreadful customers, so do us the disservice of answering some loathsome questions. The first 50 to fill out the survey will be mailed two vouchers to use at participating Beer Stores.

Contest lasts until Oct 31st, but it will be back! Enter if you dare.

Introducing Stamp Hammer: Oak Aged Amber Lager

Stamp Hammer Bottle and Glass

Baysville, ON (September 21, 2015) – Making its mark for the first time at Lake of Bays, the Stamp Hammer.

Stamp Hammer Oak Aged Amber Lager retains the light body of its paler brethren while delivering a deeper dark fruit flavour as an Amber. The burnt orange liquid offers a soft and earthy flavour to pair with your favourite hearty autumnal meal. (6.5% alc/vol, 20 IBUs)

Stamp Hammers were used in logging days of yore to make timber marks on logs and lumber. Wood aging makes its unique mark on this medium-bodied amber lager by way of its complex but mellow flavour and smooth finish.

AVAILABILITY

In addition to being available here at the brewery and at the LCBO (item #439430), we are also shipping to Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. This limited product is expected to last through the holidays.29

Pumpkin is back! (with a new look)

Released in autumn 2015 as part of our Wild North Series.

Formerly known as “Mash’n Pumpkins”, we’ve given the Pumpkin Ale a new look as it joins the ranks of our Wild North Series.

WNPumpkin-Can-Glass-800Tasting Notes
Celebrate sweater weather with this refreshing, malt-forward ale brewed specially for fall 2015. Developed by Brewer Mark Campbell, Wild North Pumpkin Ale features Magnum and Fuggles hops, and pumpkin, autumn spice and vanilla.
Partial filtering gives this copper-coloured nectar its slight cloudiness, and you may find a wee bit of residue at the bottom of the glass.
This traditional pumpkin ale offers subtle notes of nut and caramel, making it an ideal partner for harvest fare — gobblegobble.

Download a printable PDF about this beer HERE.

ABOUT WILD NORTH PUMPKIN ALE

StylePumpkin Ale
AvailabilityAutumn 2015
Alc./vol.6%
IBUs10
AppearanceThis brew is unfiltered, so it is slightly cloudy with a gentle coppery head.
Mouth FeelMedium bodied, warming.
Flavour & AromaAromas of autumn spice and pumpkin, with hints of vanilla.
IngredientsMagnum and Fuggles hops, pumpkin,nautumn spice, vanilla, yeast, andnfresh Lake of Bays water.
PairingsBrewed to accompany autumn fare;nroot veg, roasted fowl, desserts withncream or cinnamon.

Learn more about our Wild North Series, including our current release and where you can pick some up.