It is hot in Vancouver – temperatures reached upwards of 35 degrees Celsius this afternoon. Living in a part of the world where most homes do not have a central air conditioning unit, this kind of heat can be somewhat stifling. But there is good news, hot weather means cooling off with cold beer. But along with good news comes bad news – tonight I didn’t feel like a lager, blond ale, wheat beer, cream ale or other beers that are generally served cold, I wanted a porter. I know it is completely out of season, but I don’t lead my taste buds, my taste buds lead me.
To beat the heat this evening, my wife and I went for a drive to a the Marble Slab Creamery, a popular ice cream shop. It seems we weren’t the only ones trying to cool down with an ice cream cone, the lineup was far longer than my patience and we were forced to leave. But that is when I put the two together, rich chocolate porter, cool vanilla ice cream – chocolate porter float! We rushed to the nearest liquor store to find an appropriate porter or stout for this beer float, we ended up with Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter.
I have seen a porter/stout beer float on restaurant menus before, but never had a real desire to give it a try. It turns out beer floats are delicious – an adult version of a rootbeer float. Next time I see a beer float on a menu I will definitely consider ordering.