Categories: Bar Towel Radio, FeaturePublished On: June 27, 2017


Cass Enright


Recently I sat down for a beer and a chat for Bar Towel Radio with Peter Bulut and Mike Lackey of Great Lakes Brewery, as they celebrate the 30th anniversary this year. In this episode we chat about their favourite GLB and collaboration beers from the past and present, some memorable stories from the brewery’s past, their new pilot brewing system, and their thoughts about how the Ontario beer scene has evolved and where it’s going.

You can listen to this episode of Bar Towel Radio below or on iTunesGoogle Play or Stitcher:


As a part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, Great Lakes Brewery will be doing a Tap Takeover of the Brewer’s Backyard on Canada Day, this Saturday, July 1st at the Evergreen Brick Works, from 11am until 5pm. They will have six booths set up with almost 20 beers available. Check out the full tap list below and we hope to see you on Saturday!

Great Lakes Brewery Tap Takeover at the Brewer’s Backyard – Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Evergreen Brick Works – Koerner Gardens & CRH Gallery

TENT #1 – Core Brands

Canuck Pale Ale: 5.2% | 35 IBUs

Pompous Ass English Ale: 4.2% | 25 IBUs

Blonde Lager: 5% | 10 IBUs

Red Leaf Lager: 5% | 10 IBUs


Sunnyside Session IPA: 3.9% | 25 IBUs

Octopus Wants to Fight IPA: 6.2% | 88 IBUs

Swamp Juice #37 (Blend of Canuck, Octopus, Sunnyside): 4.9% | 50 IBUs

Dmitrij Fong Red IPA (GLB x Hungry Brew Hops): 7% | 80 IBUs

TENT #3 – One-Off’s

No Chance with Miranda Saison: 6.2% | 25 IBUs

Retronym (German) Kolsch: 4.2% | 17 IBUs

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter: 8% | 60 IBUs

30th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Quad: 11.3% | 25 IBUs

TENT #4 – Collaborations

A Place to Stand Pilsner (Sawdust x GLB): 5% | 35 IBUs

Simple Life Grisette (Bar Hop Bar x GLB): 3.5% | 12 IBUs

Creative Bankruptcy, Saison with Brettanomyces (Bar Hop Bar x GLB): 5.1% | 25 IBUs

Ezra: Cider Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale (GLB x West Ave x Amsterdam): 6.2% | 20 IBUs

TENT #5 – Bottles / Cans

Found Money (Abbey Ale with Brettanomyces): 4.7% | 18 IBUs

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Solstice Stout: 11.9% | 60 IBUs

TENT #6 – ACTRA Toronto

CanCon Session IPA (GLB x ACTRA): 4.3% | 25 IBUs