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This months beer is a collaboration with Calgary’s Trolly 5.  The inspiration for the beer, which is a west-coast IPA, was Canada’s most famous moustache (and pretty good hockey player) Lanny McDonald.  Lanny left Toronto to go to Calgary to win his one and only Stanley Cup.  What makes this beer so special is that we built the label so that the moustache peels off and can be stuck elsewhere; like on your face.

Here is the story …

The 1970s were a pretty low time to be a Leafs fan. Losing in the quarterfinals or not making the playoffs at all were the norm. Fortunately, the Leafs had a lot of characters on those 70s teams, one of
whom was Alberta native Lanny McDonald, a salt-of-the-earth guy and a great goal-scorer who was also well-known for his world-class moustache.

Lanny played 7 seasons for the Leafs, enjoying all-star selections, three consecutive 40-goal seasons and a trip to the 1976 Canada Cup championship. His character really shone through in the 1978 playoffs; playing with two broken wrists and a broken nose in Game 7 of the quarterfinals against the favoured Islanders, Lanny scored the overtime game winner. It was the first time the Leafs advanced to the semi-finals in 11 years. They didn’t win the cup that year, and haven’t won it since.

Lanny had to go back to Alberta and the Calgary Flames to bring home The Cup in his last NHL game ever, scoring a goal in Game 6 against Montreal to lock in the win.

We collaborated with Trolley 5 to create this West Coast IPA in tribute to Lanny and his time in Toronto and Calgary. Bursting with citrus and pine, this IPA’s hop character really shines through. Raise a glass and toast the man behind the moustache:

Go Lanny Go .

Style: West Coast IPA OG: 14.5 Plato ABV: 6.0% IBU: 70 SRM: 6

Malts: CMC Pale, Dextrin, Crystal 20

Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe

Yeast: California Ale (Henderson house yeast)

Extra: Collaboration with Trolley 5 brewery from Calgary

Aroma: Pine, resinous/dank, citrus pith, grapefruit, slight hint of candy

Appearance: Deep gold with orange hues. Cloudy. Persistent off-white head with lacing left in the glass.

Taste: Bracing upfront bitterness with a touch of cereal character on the finish. Finishes very dry with a resinous pine character. Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Medium body with palate-refreshing, dry finish. Slight astringency.

Overall: A bitter, dry West Coast style IPA emphasizing the classic West Coast hop profile.


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