Terrapin Restaurant, Rhinebeck, NY

In July, we headed up to the Gunks, right outside of New Paltz, NY to climb! Its an amazing place to climb! Its all trad climbing, but it has a huge selection of moderate climbs that are completely enjoyable!

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We managed to get up there for a four day trip, so we didn’t mind cutting that climbing a little short one day so that we could make the trek to a really great restaurant. About an hour up the Hudson we arrived at Rhinebeck, NY to go to the Terrapin Restaurant.

We’re were here once before about two years ago and I remembered having a great time and being really impressed with the place. I’m glad we made it back! Its in an old converted church, on a busy little street, with a great food and beer menu!

I started off the night with a local beer called Mother’s Milk Stout by Keegan Ales of Kingston, NY at 6% abv.

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The Mother’s Milk is a good and enjoyable milk stout! Roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, creamy milk. Very light on the coffee notes and no bitter aftertaste! Nice and smooth!

The next beer really caught our eye and so Jack and I decided to split it. When we asked the waiter about it, he said he’s never served one in the two years he’s been working there. That had me sold!

We got the Lambrucha by Vanberg & DeWulf of Cooperstown, NY at 3.5% abv.

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This beer just sounds crazy. In it is mixed two different kinds of fermented beverages. Belgian Lambic beer and Kombucha Tea. So I understood the lambic portion but I was only vaguely aware of what the fermented Kombucha tea was.

Kombucha Tea originated in China or Japan, but it was possibly first recorded as being consumed around 200 BC during the Chinese Qin Dynasty. Its basically a black tea, sometimes a green or white tea, that is made by placing a yeast culture in it. Leave it alone, it ferments, and has a vinegar flavored cider taste. Sorry I didn’t get more in depth, this is what I gleaned from Wikipedia in a nutshell. Also, many people claim it has awesome health benefits.

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It was great! We had out waiter try it with us too since he serves it so rarely, although I could tell by his reaction that he may need a little time to get used to it.

Very unusual, creative and cool. The acidic vinegar cider tea mixes really well with the funky tart lambic. Belgian yeast funkiness, lemon rind citrus, almost peppery, but the tea really helps keep it smooth. There’s an earthiness to it and almost a pickled taste. More of a herbal taste than you would usually find in just a lambic alone.

So once again, a really great trip. NY has some stellar beers, I hope we can one day make it up to a brewery!

Beers and a Movie

No plans for a Saturday night surprisingly. So after an afternoon of climbing we threw some plans together and headed out.

Right across from the mall with the movie theater is one of our favorite places, Rustico! They have a fantastic beer menu and quite a few draft beers as well.

First up I ordered the Goose Island Matilda by Goose Island Beer Co of Chicago, IL at 7% abv.

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Its considered a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but what really sold me was that it was finished with Brettanomyces yeast. Brettanomyces is one of the strains of yeast that is responsible for sour ales!

It was light and delicious! Perfect for a hot summer day! Lemon and apple tartness, white wine mixed with Belgian funky yeast. But a very clean and crisp finish.

Next Jack and I split the Alvine Wild Undressed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne of Zwevegem, Belgium at 5.2% abv.

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It almost tasted something like fruit vinegar, with tart cherries and raspberries. Woody oak barrels and vague, subtle spicing. Funky and acidic. Not too heavy considering its dark consistency. I quite liked it! Next time I wont be splitting it!

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With a couple of fantastic beers and appetizers under our belt we headed off to the movie. We saw the Great Gatsby which was just kind of an odd movie, not as subtle as the book.

Change of Plans

I had just gotten back from a run and Novak was swinging by to drop something off. She mentioned that she was going out for beers with our friend Rob. I promptly invited myself, rinsed, changed, and was out the door in less then 15 min.

We headed to Rhodeside Grill which is within walking distance of her place, so it was quite convenient.

They had a surprisingly decent beer menu!

I got the Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale by Brouwerij van Steenberge of Ertvelde, Belgium at 5.5% abv.

Always a good choice. I recently found out that this beer is brewed specially for the bar in Philadelphia called Monks Café. I’ve never been there, but just by the name it sounds like a must if you are hitting up Philly!

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And next up was The Poet by New Holland Brewery of Holland, MI at 5.2% abv.

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The Poet was good. Creamy and smooth. Very light on the hops so its also not very bitter. Plums and nuts and earthy leather. Reminds me of late fall weather I can get all of my favorite beers easier!

Upon Arriving

Right when we came back from Kentucky, we had my parents over for a quick lunch! Of course this was a good opportunity to try some new beers!

This one magically appeared in our cooler, compliments of Liz! It was the Spring Fever Session IPA by Lawson’s Finest Liquids of Warren VT at 3.8% abv.

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Pretty easy drinking session beer. Citrus and grass from the hops. Piney and a little tart. Zesty and very fresh tasting.

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And then I decided to treat my parents to one of my favorite beers! We all split the Sour Black by Weyerbacher Brewery of Easton, PA at 5% abv.

So fantastic! This may be my favorite Weyerbacher beer of all time! Not overly sour, only mildly acidic. Roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate, wine flavors mixes wonderfully with the sour. Even though its dark, its surprisingly light.

Climb and Dine

Just a chill evening with good friends, climbing and then heading out in Old Town for dinner and drinks! We headed to the Bilbo Baggins and I had one of their specialty pizzas and one of my favorite beers ever! I had the Straffe Hendrik Quadruple by Brouwerij De Halve Mann/Straffe Hendrik of Brugge, Belgium at 11% abv.

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Its overwhelmingly delicious! Rich, complex and thick. Plums and raisins with brown sugar and molasses. Musty earthy yeast, very typical Belgian. This beer is quite the sipper and will last a good while. Its everything I want in a beer!