Climbing, Boating, and Beers!

My birthday was fantastic! Everyone managed to get out of the cabin at a good time and we headed to Summersville Lake! Half the group hiked in and half of the group went with my dad and picked up the boat!

I started off the day with some great climbs and then headed down to the water for a few beers!

I believe I had the Ayinger Celebrator to kick off the day!

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It was super cool to have some Johnstown and DC friends come out even though they don’t climb!

I also had the Saison Dupont by Brasserie Dupont of Tourpes, Belgium at 6.5% abv.

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And I had the Rochefort 6, going out on the boat was so awesome!

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For years we have been coming to the lake to climb, but have never gotten a boat! A big thank you to Jack for organizing and making it happen!

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And a big thank you to my parents also who did a ton of cooking and prep for the weekend! I had a blast!

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Wow, we kinda look like an advertisement for sunglasses!

Ok, maybe by this time I was getting a little tipsy! But I also had the DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter. Ill have to see if I can tour this brewery! The porter was good and worth getting again!

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Thirty looks like its going to be a great year!

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Thanks everyone! I think I ended up taking more beer home with my than I originally brought! Everyone kept giving me awesome beer gifts!

A Weekend at the New River Gorge, WV

Apparently I didn’t take any pictures of us climbing, but I did manage to take a few of the beers I drank. Its beginning to get a little odd when I look back at the pictures of my life and all I see is beer. Not that that’s a bad thing I suppose!

Of course after a hard day of climbing we went to Pies and Pints! We got there slightly before the big dinner rush, so we were able to get seats right away!

They have pretty good beers in their beer cooler but the menu is never updated. After walking up and checking out their cooler, I decided on the Rochefort 8 by Brasserie de Rochefort at 9.2% abv.

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I cant not order this beer when I see it! Its just so good!

Moderate to high carbonation and a medium/ thin body, tons of tiny little bubbles. Goes down easy with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Heavy on the fruits and yeast. Caramel and almost herbal. The alcohol is very well hidden. Although you can tell its in there by the time you finish the beer!

And next I had the Ayinger Celebrator of Aying, Germany at 6.7% abv.

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I hate to say it, but there’s not many German beers that I like. This is one of the few that I love.

Pours dark, with a slight ruby hint to it. Roasted malt, mild smokiness, toasted bread, nutty. This is one of the best dopplebocks I’ve had. I’m not gonna lie, I also love the label and the little goat tag that comes with it!