It’s fun, when you’re 50, to poke fun at the younger generation. So for my Halloween costume this year I went as a “20 something hipster”. One ironic moustache and several well drawn and/or outdated tattoos later I was a hipster.
It was also a ruse to allow me to talk about craft beer all night – and I brought a lovely one to the party from Lake of Bays – Stamp Hammer oak aged amber lager.
Back to my tattoos for a minute. They were drawn so expertly that everyone assumed they were real. Honestly, the “vital signs” one that flatlines and then says “carpe diem” may become a tattoo if i ever get over my fear of needles and hep b.
Stamp Hammer is only available in October and November so you may want to stop reading now and go the the LCBO. A dark amber, i found it slightly spicy, not overly hopped, and a vanilla from the oak barrels that rounded the lager out into a smooth finish. Everyone loved it.
LAKE OF BAYS STAMP HAMMER
LCBO 439430 | 750 mL bottle
Price $ 9.95
Also, my spider-web elbow ink rocked.
As a life long Habs fan I can now look back fondly on the Boston Bruins of old and find nice memories. Okay, I was just kidding. My fondest memory of the Bruins is the goal Guy Lafleur scored on Gilles Gilbert in 1979. Ha Ha Boston. That was 35 years ago and I still feel the schadenfreude welling up within me like it was yesterday.
However, I am maturing and making peace with my the side of me that derives so much pleasure in the misfortune of the hockey team from Boston. With this in mind I invited my Leaf loving brother-in-law over [no room for schadenfreude with Leafs fans, their misery is just plain funny] and we tasted the Lake of Bays latest offering in their signature NHL alumni series – Gerry Cheevers “Stitches” Oktoberfest Lager. The lager is named after the hall of fame goalie with the iconic stitch pattern goalie mask – a marking for each time he was struck in the face with a puck.
It is a nice solid beer, strong enough for winter. Spicy and not sweet, it can warm you up on a cold night. A good transition beer for cold weather as it is 8% alc./vol. and low on the IBUs . Also, I always secretly thought Cheevers’ mask was cool. While I enjoyed the lager I also drank it wearing my Habs touque. Ha Ha Boston.