Thursday, August 23, 2018
If you’re one of the fortunate ones that owns a cottage, is able to rent a cottage or are really lucky and have a nice relative that lends you their cottage for a week then you can appreciate the quiet time relaxing by the lake’s edge listening to the waves lap against the dock whilst sipping on a cold beer. No grass to cut or house repairs to be done just the occasional swatting of flies as they nip at your ankles. I can’t imagine anything that is more soothing to the mind than listening to a loon’s cry across the lake as a gentle breeze cools your face while relaxing in a lawn chair. When the sun is shining and the weather is hot I prefer beers that have more of a citrus flavour with some good acidity which makes them taste more refreshing.
We were running short on essentials at the cottage like hot dogs, beer and chips plus we were getting a bit of cabin fever. We decided to organize a side trip to Perth to pick up more supplies and stop at Perth Brewery to see what they had to offer in the way of refreshing beverages.
As we came through the Perth Brewery front door and viewed the list of beers we knew that making a choice wouldn’t be easy so some “sampling” would be necessary. The Whalebone Stout with oyster shells added to the brewing process was interesting and the Oh Canada Maple Lager made with Temples maple syrup was a real treat but we needed something more refreshing for the beach.
After some more sampling we settled on four beers. A grapefruit Radler, a west coast IPA called Calypso, a wheat beer called Summer Squeeze and we couldn’t leave without grabbing a couple of Oh Canada maple ales. It was time to head back to the cottage, throw the beer on ice and get setup for a relaxing afternoon by the lake. A little fun in the sun with some kayaking maybe a swim and then sit back, sip a beer and watch the odd pontoon boat go by. Life is tough.