Custom Stout Floats & Personalized Beer Labels for Dad

By Kim Vargo /

Every year, Scott and I like to treat each other on our respective Mother’s and Father’s Days. Although we don’t currently have children of our own, we are very proud parents to four rescue pets that we love, as we say, to the moon and back! As a result, we may take the dogs on a picnic lunch in the park, or we might go on an extra long walk with the pups around the neighborhood. This, of course, while indulging on sundaes from the local Tastee Freeze.

I had a fun treat in mind this year for Scott, and I was excited to make it extra personal by using custom beer bottle labels from Pinhole Press! Although you can apply the label directly on the beer bottle, I peeled the regular beer label off first and then applied the personalized beer labels for a seamless look. After allowing the bottles to soak in a bowl for 30 minutes, the labels scraped off with little effort. I surprised Scott with the photos I chose, and he got a good laugh out of it! Mission accomplished.

Both being avid beer lovers and appreciators, I wanted to mix things up and test out a Father’s Day dessert – stout floats. It’s easy, delicious and quite sinful in the best possible way. We’ve made the shake version in the past, but this simplifies it one step further, and it is every bit as sweet. The ingredient list is nothing more than your favorite stout and a scoop of vanilla ice cream:

A great porter will work just as well, but we opted for the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Bonus points if you choose a beer with chocolate or vanilla on the label! Simply pour the beer into your favorite drinking glass and add a heaping scoop of ice cream. (The more ice cream, the better, I think!) Adding a festive paper straw makes you feel like a kid again – and isn’t that cheery feeling the best part of being a dad?

We poured an additional float so we each had one, and we took them outside for a little front porch indulgence. Our drink of choice had our pups, Jack and CC, begging for a taste, to which we may have gave in. Only a little.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, 6 scoops of ice cream blended with one bottle of stout or porter will serve two shakes. The most perfect treat for the adults, don’t you think? Here’s to a happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing dads out there, and may you feel like CC as you’re showered with affection from those you love!

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