May 16, 2014 — Just in time to kick off the May 2-4 weekend, it’s the return of Lake of Bays’ summer seasonal, River Walker Ginger Lemon Ale.
This is the second year that River Walker has been released. The recipe originated with the OCB’s Iron Brewer competition two years ago, in which participating brewers receive a bag of ingredients from which to make their entry, à la Iron Chef. From the bag that arrived, Head Brewer Dan Unkerskov selected fresh ginger, lemon, and Magnum and Legacy hops, among other things. His creation took third prize, and Lake of Bays’ summer seasonal was born.
While Lake of Bays has built a reputation for well-balanced true-to-style core brands that someone new to craft beer can enjoy, River Walker bucks that trend. At 65 IBUs (International Bittering Units, a measurement of hop flavour) it’s our biggest, hoppiest beer ever. (For comparison purposes: our lagers clock in at 15 IBUs, our 10 Point IPA is 40 IBUs.)
Last year’s River Walker release was even hoppier. River Walker Summer Ale, as it was then called, clocked in at a puckering 85 IBUs. We were told that some, expecting a fruity summer offering, got more than they bargained for, so this year we have dialed the hops back slightly and updated the name.
River Walker is now available on tap at select pubs and restaurants across Ontario. Go to www.beerfinder.ca to find the one nearest you. River Walker will also be coming to an LCBO near you shortly, (SKU 343103). Keep an eye on BeerFinder or the LCBO’s handy finder app, LCBO On The Go.