Then it was off to the Cascades! Jack, Sean, and I packed up the car and drove about three hours into the mountains.
The area that we climbed in was a town over from the areas with forest fires. We had a lot of smoke blowing up the valley. You could easily see it in the air and so I took less pictures than I would have normally because the neighboring peaks looked fuzzy and less crisp.
But the climbs were awesome and stunning.
Everyday was a new adventure. The first day we climbed the peak right behind me in this picture.
To get to the climbs it was a two and a half hour approach. So by day three we were a bit worn out, we had a slower day and climbed at a closer crag later in the afternoon.
I had a Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
We later headed into the closest small town and happened to find a brewery!
The Old Schoolhouse Brewery.
Pardon the non made up face, I had just had my first shower in three days.
While enjoying the feeling of being clean I sipped on the Rendezvous Porter.
Once our adventures in the mountains were over, we made our way back to Seattle for a few days.
The following day we explored more of Seattle and then packed for the climbing portion of our trip.
We made it to Elysian Brewery!
I actually didn’t like their pre-made flights so I just mixed and matched on my own.
I had the Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale.
I also tried the Perseus Porter and the Dragonstooth Stout.
While touring Seattle we also got to check out the Freemont Troll, apparently a local tourist staple.
For dinner, I decided that we needed to go to Brouwer’s Cafe.
An impressive selection. I had the Liefman’s Cuvee Brut and the Sinister 7 Bourbon Barrel Brown. (Did inot take pictures of these beers?! How unusual!)
Almost like a little slice of Belgium, complete with Manneken Pis. (Little Boy Pissing)
I landed around dinner time, so when Jack and his friend Sean picked me up from the airport, we dropped off my bags and headed out for dinner.
I desperately wanted to jump right into trying new west coast beers, but unfortunately for us, the day before was IPA day. Everywhere we went had nothing but IPAs on tap. So I settled for an old favorite, the Rhodenbach Grand Cru.
This beer brings back so many fantastic memories of our trip to Belgium.
I liked the bar we were in, but they didn’t serve food, so we meandered across the street to a gourmet burger joint. I was pleased, I managed to get a dark beer! I had the Gunpowder Plot by Black Raven Brewing Company out of Redmond, Washington.
This is exactly the kind of local brew I’m on the hunt for!