Off to the New River Gorge for Jack’s 30th Birthday!

Such a beautiful weekend in Fayetteville, WV! Jack and I did some trad climbing before our friends showed up and once on top of a pinnacle, we got some amazing photos!

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That is the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere! And over 900 feet high!

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It was a perfect day!

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After cleaning up, we went into town and got dinner and drinks at The Vandalian, owned by Porter Jarrard, a climber who put up tons of first ascents at the New River Gorge and the Red River Gorge.

They had a handful of good beers to choose from, since it was a nice day, I decided to go for something light and summery. I got the Lindeman’s Cassis by Brouwerij Lindeman’s of Vlezenbeek, Belgium at 4% abv.

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I think this may be the first beer I’ve had by Lindeman’s. I always thought of them as fruity girly beers that are hardly beer. They are and they aren’t. Its actually quite tart, like a gueze. Very spritzy, and light in alcohol, I imagine this is what Belgians give their kids on holidays and special occasions. Good sour cherry flavor, and you can really taste the black currant juice. Refreshing, this could be had in place of dessert!

The next day, we met up with the rest of our climbing friends and went to Summersville lake to climb. Thanks to Dave Raines for taking an awesome picture of me leading my first ever 5.11b! I was super excited! This climb made my day!!

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Later, the whole group went to Pies and Pints to celebrate Jack’s birthday! They have a great beer list, and I ordered the Trappistes Rochefort 8 by the Brasserie De Rochefort at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy in Belgium at 9.2% abv.

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Truly an amazing beer. One of the best of its kind. Sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, Belgian yeastiness, roasted malt, earthy. Medium/ high carbonation, dry finish. Goes down so smooth.

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The night was a success! Especially since Liz made the birthday cake! Which was a PIE INSIDE A CAKE! A strawberry- rhubarb pie inside a vanilla cake! I honestly don’t understand how something like that is done, but it was delicious!

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Thanks Liz!

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