5% alc./vol., 341 ml bottle
Lake of Bays Brewing Company – http://www.lakeofbaysbrewing.com/
Baysville, Ontario, Canada
Here’s a beer with a label that promises “pure northern taste”. It’s northern only if you live in Toronto, and only if you think of something that’s two hours away as not local. Baysville is almost straight west of my home in Ottawa, but I don’t think of it as a western beer. People living in North Bay or the other 99.4% of Canada that’s further north than Baysville must think this is a particularly inaccurate claim. Tired of my rant yet? Relax and have a pale ale! It’s a pretty good example of the style, slightly darker malts and nicely hopped. It’s got a sort-of Canadian taste to it too, maybe a bit more accessible than some of its more heavily hopped cousins. Oh, and a word to the wise…I went to their web site, and it constantly refreshed itself and crashed my browser. Right before I threw my computer across the room, I noticed that the company that designed it has an ad on the site. Bravo.