Mill St Brewing Cobblestone Stout

UntitledAs I opened up my especially lively can of Mill St Brewing’s Cobblestone Stout, its nitrogen injected goodness sprayed all over me.  If only my hockey team could look so lively.

This is an enjoyable treat best had on a  hockey night off, like tonight, where we don’t risk a beer of good taste, being ruined by hockey that is rather tasteless.

I decided to take this shot with my coffee machine as a backdrop.  Home espresso lovers may appreciate the Mazzer Mini grinder and Rancilio Silvia espresso machine.  You may also appreciate that (for once) excellent pour.

This is a truly delicious stout, second only to the one I had in New York that almost made me fall out of my chair and eat my own face it was so delicious.

Ok, the elephant in the room right, all two of you who read this are wondering… what does the Lagerblogger think about the goalie situation.

Keep them both.

I have always thought we should keep Luongo, and think there is more fault in AV’s goaltender management (during Luongo’s blow-ups) than in Luongo’s play.  As for Schneider, he is good, but unproven, and therefore, not good enough for number one.

Now some people will argue:  that’s just too much money to spend on goalies.  But hear me out on this one.

Let’s take our top line forward, among the highest paid players on the team.  They are on the ice for about 20 minutes per game, or 1/3 of total ice time.   Their time on ice for one season is about the same as our backup goalie, who would play about 30 games per season.

Given the amount of time on the ice, and the fact that a team’s goaltender is arguably the most important player on the ice, it seems to me a no-brainer to have two “starter” quality goaltenders, even if it costs you as much as a first line and a second line forward.

The alternative is to pretty much throw away 30 or more games per season, and not give your team the best chance to win.

There are some other secondary benefits as well:  First of all, when a goalie starts to blow up (let in too many goals) a coach will be much quicker to put in his substitute.  Coach Alain Vignault may be the exception here;   Second, if there is an injury to the starter, you have an insurance policy that the second goaltender will fill the role and the team will perform well.

What do you think about keeping both goalies?  What do you think about beer?  Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout

Rating:   4.5/5     (G1)




Voyage of Beers, Heartland Brewery, Manhattan

I really wanted to visit Heartland Brewing while I was in town.  Having walked past them before, I assumed it was some kind of shitty tourist place. It’d we were one of those snobby beer connoisseurs I would probably poo poo this place, but I have to be honest, I loved it.  The waitress was great, and it was a family friendly place to have ribs and beer.

Since it is fleet week, it is also full of people in uniform getting their drink on, with a complement of hot sluts competing for their attention.  Good thing it is only 6pm, this place probably gets ugly late at night.

We started with the buffalo chicken spring rolls, an interesting twist on a Vancouver-Asian staple.  Then we had the “voyage of beer.”


It is like a cup of hot chocolate on the peak of a powdery mountain after slaying hip-deep tracks into it’s virgin slopes against a blue spring sky.


The beers are listed in the menu with number one starting at 6:00, and moving counterclockwise.
Indian River Light was light and fruity with a nice orangey finish, and slightly burnt aftertaste.
Cornhusker Lager has a more homegrown taste with a smooth finish. It’s a good ‘drinkin beer.
Harvest Wheat Beer… Well, I was stupid and squeezed the lemon into the little glass, so it just tastes like lemon… Which is good.
Red Rooster Ale: this is very flavourful with a toffee aroma and subtle aftertaste. It goes well with the Buffalo Chicken spring rolls.
Indiana Pale Ale (haha, I get it!) is different from an IPA, I guess. It tastes a lot like Lemon Pledge, with a bitter aftertaste. It’s a bit disappointing, but good for variety, I guess.
Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout: OMG this is soo good. It is like a cup of hot chocolate on the peak of a powdery mountain after slaying hip-deep tracks into it’s virgin slopes against a blue spring sky. I have to admit though, it would be hard to finish a whole pint, it is just a little rich.
Buffalo Bock (in the middle) is meh!
Kelly’s Irish Red Ale (not shown), nope, tastes like river.

The member of this beer family worth remembering is (by far) the Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout. I am not a stout expert, but I was really impressed.

Overall, there is plenty to choose from and a good laid back atmosphere so this is a really great experience.

Farmer John’s Oatmeal Stout 5/5 (G2)

Ribs at Heartland