Previously I’ve asked “beer folks” to talk to me about memorable beers for my ongoing series, The best beer I’ve ever had. For the month of July, I put the call out to some of Toronto’s best chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders to detail their “best beer” experiences for me in hopes of exploring the important connection between food and beer.
The best beer I’ve ever had was during the summer between my first and second years of university. A bunch of my friends and I fixed a week up at a cottage near Kearney in early August. There were very few of us who had moved away from our hometown and even fewer of us who had any responsibility. One of those days up at the cottage started with a conjoined paddleboat and floating dock, anchored in the middle of a lake with a bag of beer tied to the anchor, and ended with a Huntsville parking lot dance party and a brief but pleasant conversation with the OPP.
I’ll never forget hoisting that anchor and the bags of cold Moosehead out of the dark, frigid, deep waters of Hassard Lake and worrying about nothing save for how high the sun was in the sky. To this day people poke fun at me for loving Moosehead but I just smile and shake my head. I can’t explain those years where we truly savoured every summer day and I won’t apologize for it.