Out in DC with my favorite ladies!

Friday night, Jack and I picked up Liz and headed to Justin’s Cafe in SE DC to meet up with Kristen and Mark! It seemed like it was tucked away on a lonely side street not anywhere near any other bars, I hope the area builds up some more! We snagged some seats at the bar while we waited for the others to arrive and ordered a few beers. They didn’t have a huge beer list, but they had some good offerings that would keep me going all night. First up, I ordered the CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing! It came in a can!

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This beer was great! Poured a very dark brown, but the bartender crushed and threw the can away without letting me look at it. When I asked her to get it back for me to look at she obviously thought I was crazy. So I had to attempt to uncrush my can and make it picture worthy. Very mild coconut flavor, but I thought it was a great twist on a porter.  Coffee, roasted malts,  a bit more carbonation than usual in a porter.

Great though, I could have had these all night! But I promised myself I would try more new beers and next up got the Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

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I thought I would give oktoberfest beers another try. The only one I’ve really had in the past is Spaten Oktoberfest and it didn’t wow me. But I know Great Lakes Brewing Co has other beers I enjoy so I felt that this could be a good oktoberfest beer. It was very drinkable! And (no offense Spaten) I thought this one was better. Poured a beautiful amber color. Malty, caramel, light/ medium body. This felt way lighter than what I usually drink! Maybe that’s why it went down so fast! hehe! Side note: the bartender threw away the bottle again without letting me see it, when I asked for it back she got another one out of the cooler instead of reaching in the garbage.

I ordered the butternut squash soup as an appetizer and it was amazing! Very light and lots of cinnamon, I could have ordered it for dessert! So sweet and creamy!

Once we had all the people in our group, we moved to a table and I ordered the Avery White Rascal.

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Avery White Rascal is considered a witbier, and yes, it certainly is. Witbiers are Belgian-style wheat beers and are usually unfiltered. This beer poured a cloudy medium yellow. Light bodied, but almost creamy in texture, yeasty and bready, a bit spicy with lemon and cloves. Why don’t I drink this type of beer more often?!?

We started ordering some pizzas but Mark had to leave for his fantasy football draft (good luck Mark!) and our friend Trevor joined us a bit later!

It was great to be out with the ladies, we got to finally catch up. I feel like I’ve been a little out of the loop since Jack and I are taking a mini break from the climbing gym due to the triathlons.

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As I was going through these pictures, I realized I had quite a few beers this night! But, keep in mind, we were here ALL night, and we were celebrating!

Next up I HAD to get the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout from North Carolina!

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MMM. I love milk stouts. I was so happy to see this on the menu. After the few lighter beers I had I was craving another dark beer! Roasted barley, slight chocolate, sweet, a little on the thin side for my liking. Not stand out, but good drinking.

And to finish off the night I split the Old Chub Scotch Ale by Oscar Blues Brewery from Colorado.

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We were all getting a bit tipsy by this time, so I’m glad I split this beer since its 8% abv. Another beer in a can! Cans are making a comeback. Poured a lovely warm reddish brown. Very malty, medium body, good balance with sweet and the hoppy bitterness.

I told you we were getting tipsy! Random photo of the night:

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What the hell is going on here? I obviously missed something.

Don’t worry though, Trevor says he’s a lumberjack and it’s OK.

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Wow, I don’t think I’ve had that much to drink in one night in a while!

ps- don’t worry, I still woke up and did my 40 mile bike ride before the hurricane hit! and got stung by a hornet! but hornets, hurricanes, and hangovers be damned!

After the quake

The damn earthquake really screwed up my day. I didn’t get evacuated and sent home from work early, but when I did leave work I found that the DC Metro was really messed up. Surprise, surprise. It took me forever to get home. I had to get off at Rosslyn station and walk the 2.5 miles home because the Orange line was basically non-existent. It was such a nice evening, I would have loved to do something outside, but I was beat. So, Jack suggested beers to make our day better! I need to re-stock the fridge but I managed to find a tasty Left Hand Milk Stout!

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I’ve already posted about this beer so here’s a question for you, if I post about a beer multiple times, do I describe it every time? Let me know what you think!

But anyway, sweet and creamy and delicious, just what I needed to make my day go …hehe….a little smoother!

Repetitive

Saturday we met up with some friends to climb and went to a new area! Fantasy Wall on Endless Wall.  Everyone was climbing super hard and having really good days! I thought the best climb of the day, for me, was Fantasy 5.8. It was a gorgeous crack climb, (4 stars)  I top-roped it, since its a trad line, but I think next time we are in the area, I might try to lead it!

But for dinner, we headed back to Pies and Pints, and guess what I ordered again?? Yeah, haha, the Rogue Chocolate Stout. (they had more hiding somewhere apparently)  I guess I’m a creature of habit.

So delish!

Short and sweet! Thats pretty much it, we chilled for a while and then all went back and crashed hard! I slept so well!

Beauty Mountain and DiOGis.

Friday started out raining, so Jack and I went to Cathedral Café in Fayetteville and had a long breakfast. We hung out there until it stopped raining and then decided to head over to Beauty Mountain to climb. We had a pretty good day climbing, although the rock was a little wet.

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After climbing, we packed it up and headed into town for dinner! We decided to mix it up and hit up the Mexican restaurant in town.

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The outside doesn’t look like much but the inside was well done, and since they recently got their full liquor license they had much better drink offerings. The beer list was much improved!

I started our by ordering the St. Peters Cream Stout.

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I tasted this beer expecting a thick creamy stout and I got a mouth full of vinegar!!! I looked this beer up on my go-to beer website beeradvocate.com and not one review even mentioned vinegar. I determined that I must have somehow gotten a bad beer! I mentioned it to the server and he took the rest of the bottle away, and they taste tested it with another bottle. He said that mine was definitely funky and that the other was normal. Kind of a bummer. So Jack and I decided to split a big bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve instead!

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Delicious!! Considered a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 9%. Poured a hazy reddish-brown. Fruits and spices, warm alcohol, yeasty. Great example of a trappist beer!

I ordered dessert because I saw bread pudding on the menu and it was deep fried! Crispy and crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside covered in caramel bourbon sauce. So good!

Summersville Lake and Pies and Pints

This weekend, we decided to take a break from triathlon stuff and get some climbing in! We left Wednesday night and made the 5 hour drive to the New River Gorge, WV.

Thursday morning when we woke up we knew all the popular climbing areas would be fairly empty so we decided to go to Summersville Lake.

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We got some good climbs in, nothing too hard since both of us haven’t climbed in…months?? It was really nice to se Orange Oswald wall nearly empty!!

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But after a day of climbing and swimming in the lake, it was time for Pies and Pints!

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They have a pretty good beer list here but I always seem to have trouble getting porters and stouts. They didn’t have any on tap today because its not quite fall yet, and they only really carry one or two that sell out fast. (that tells me that they need more dark beers) I ordered the Rogue Chocolate Stout (which she told me was their last bottle, lucky me!).

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Poured wonderfully dark with a beautiful creamy mocha head. Tastes of roasted malts, hint of vanilla, chocolate, hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was a bit thin though, I like my chocolate stouts to be thick and creamy. I usually only get this beer when I come to the NRG so its always a treat for me!

Jack branched out and got the Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale on tap. I ended up having half of it, and he split my beer too since I ordered a 22oz.

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I have to admit, for a wheat beer, it was damn good! I was tempted to order another one all for myself! I tried to look this beer up on beer advocate, but they said it was retired and no longer brewed. odd. Tastes obviously of oranges and honey and wheat. I didn’t get much else out of it, but it seemed pretty simple and refreshing.

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The pizzas are amazing! We got half Grape and half Chicken Gouda.

And random picture of the night:

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We were sitting outside and the sun managed to make it through the trees and I was suddenly in a spotlight! It was blinding!

After the tri

After the triathlon on Sunday, I treated myself to a celebratory beer! I had stocked up on a couple of porters I’ve never had the last time I was at Total Wine, and I figured it was time to try one.

I had the Highland Oatmeal Porter.

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I originally picked up a few of these porters because they are brewed in Asheville, NC and Jack is from that area, oh yeah, and because I love porters!

Poured into a Gouden Carolus glass (it makes me feel fancy) very dark. Roasted oats, malts, chocolate. Not too heavy on the coffee notes (this is a plus for me since I don’t like coffee). Mildly sweet, good mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. I’ll have to admit, it was better than I thought it was going to be. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting very much from it, and was happy to taste that it surpassed my expectations!

Luray Sprint Triathlon Race Recap

After Jack’s tri we hung around on Saturday and saw some really heavy rain and storms, I was starting to get nervous about my tri the next day.

Sunday, I woke up and the sky was heavily overcast and dark, but not raining. We got to the race site and had about an hour till the race starts, I got the body marking and my transition set up, warmed up in the water and then I had to wait!

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I was most nervous about the bike, I was worried the road would be wet and that it would start to pour, I’ve never biked in the rain and I was worried about how poor visibility would be. I was also kinda iffy about how long T1 was with having to run over sand, a field, and wooden stairs (see Jack’s race recap for the T1 pictures!)

Finally the waiting was over and we were off! I was in wave three and just happy to be in the water!

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I felt like this swim went smoother than the pervious tri swim, although I still had trouble passing people half way through the swim. After turning at the second buoy and heading toward the swim finish, I came up on a slow swimmer from the previous heat that I didn’t see because he wasn’t splashing, he was swimming breast stroke, and I got kicked right in the upper chest. I had to pop up out of the water because all my air was gone and I was scared as shit! But at least I didn’t get kicked in the face! Finished the swim in 15:45.

Then the run to T1 which felt like it took forever!

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T1 was 1:59.

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The bike course went OK. The first half had some awesome downhills, I hit 37mph as my top speed! I was flying! That’s by far the fastest I’ve ever gone on a bike! About six miles into the bike it started to rain. I had a little talk with myself and told myself that it would be ok, I will finish even if it’s slow, and that running in the rain to finish will be easy and fun. So the roads got re-wet but thankfully it stopped raining after about 5 minutes! So happy! Well, if the first half was downhill, the second half was all uphill. Very gradual, gradual, and then the most killer hill I’ve ever ridden. People in the race were getting off their bikes to walk them up. I managed to stay on the bike but was wobbling all over the place! They had a lot of people cheering for everyone on the hill, and I think that really helped!

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Haha! Yes, I tucked the camelbak tube into the strap of my trisuit, I kept hitting it with my knee and had to get it out of the way! I think there’s a little attachment piece to hold it in place I need to find it. Bike was 1:08:55. ugh!

In T2 I had some trouble getting my shoes on, I was a little disoriented and almost fell over! T2 was 1:02.

Well, after all those hills my legs were dead weight for the run! But they started to feel more normal about half way through and I was able to sprint it in to the finish!

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Yay! Run was 29:45. And overall time of 1:57:33. And (not counting men) I finished 80th for the women out of 224! I’ll take that! Although, I did get passed by a 60yr old woman and a 12yr old. Wow! I keep telling myself if I bike for another 20 years I will be that good too! I think I need more hill practice! But first I needed a cheeseburger and a nap!