On the long and longer road trip through Ontario from British I happened to find myself in Kenora right around lunch time. As luck would have it Kenora, Ontario is home to Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, which just so happens to serve both beer and food!
Lake of the Woods is located in an old fire hall in the heart of this very pretty town. The converted fire hall is a very big space boasting a large restaurant, a patio, a room with a pool table, arcade games en route to the washrooms, a gift shop, a stage for live music and the brewery of course.
I am a sucker for breweries with historical connections so I think a fire hall made for fantastic brewery site.
The menu is pretty standard pub fare but they do have vegan and gluten-free options, which was impressive for basically the middle of nowhere (aka Northern Ontario). Though I have to warn other celiac sufferers my hubby got ‘glutened’ from items on their menu so perhaps steer clear of the food stuffs just to be safe.
I wrote about my beer selection in a previous post but just as a quick reminder, I tried their Last Call Rye and Ginger beer a very spicy brew that lived up to its name. Copper colour with lots of white head and decent carbonation. A slightly sweet malt forward nose with a bit of spice. First few sips were light-bodied and sweet with a warming quality from the ginger not the alcohol content. As you continue to drink the heat of the ginger and the tang of the rye really become more pronounced. A tough beer to pair with food but an eminently drinkable brew nonetheless.
Lake of the Woods has a great gift shop with tons of beer swag from t-shirts to camouflage hats to belt buckles all with their very nice logo and in very cottage country colours and patterns. The gift shop also had a growler fill station and bottle sales.
The big surprise for me was how empty the place was. Good beer, decent food, interesting space but perhaps things really pick up on the weekends and/or closer to summer. If it was not such an insanely long drive to get back to Kenora I might just make this place a regular destination.