Leah Cooks Us an Awesome Dinner

Finally we were all able to get our schedules to line up and planned a dinner with our fellow climber/ triathlete friend Leah! We immediately set to work upon the beers and also tried to make a fire.

First off we had the St. Feuillien Saison by brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium at 6.5% abv.

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It was a nice starter beer, pours a light hazy golden orange. Lightly floral and yeasty, hints of banana, spices. Also a bit earthy and grassy. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Next up was the Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan at 6.1% abv.

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It was in the freezer to try to quickly chill, but it almost chilled a bit too much! The pour was a little bit slushy, but after it warmed, it was fantastic! A very well done cream stout! It doesn’t have the milky/ lactose creaminess but its still thick and smooth. Not overly sweet or hoppy. Molasses, cocoa, roasted malts, and a slight bitterness. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Perfect for a winter night by the fire!

And continuing with dark beers, next we split the Bison Organic Chocolate Stout by Bison Brewing Co of Berkeley, CA at 5% abv.

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Not too bad I suppose, quite heavy on the roasted robust malt, chocolate hides in the background. Coffee and a slight smokiness. Finishes dry. Good, but not standout.

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This was the friendliest cat I’ve ever met! He just wanted to sit in someone’s lap the whole time! I would almost consider getting a cat if I knew it would want to be petted! Almost, because then again I was covered in white cat hair by the end of the night!

Thanks again for the great quinoa dinner, Leah!

Biergartenhaus and Elikeh Afro-pop

I’ll just put this out there, yes my eyes in this picture are different sizes. I have no idea why! (Lens distortion from being too close to the camera?) They aren’t usually like that I promise you!

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And the picture is dark but the beer glass is bigger than my head! I ordered the Kostrizer Schwarzbier at Biergartenhaus in DC! While this is a dark beer, the flavor could be fuller to me. I’m so accustomed to drinking porters and stouts that, even though this is probably a good beer, it seems like its lacking something to me.

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Later, at the Rock and Roll Hotel, at the upstairs bar, I ordered the Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Michigan at 6.1% abv.

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I was happy to find this beer again! Light chocolate and toffee, medium/thick mouthfeel, slightly charred, caramel, low carbonation, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Then I made my way downstairs where the stage is and watched some really cool unusual bands. After a drum circle, there was a ska band, the Chariots, that got everyone jumping and moving around. And then my friend’s band Elikeh preformed! (pronounced L. E. K.) They are an afro pop band, and while I had no idea what afro-pop was I figured we were about to find out! They had a very cool sound and unusual instruments like the sax and flute. My friend Scott plays bass and he tore it up during his bass solo! I’m glad we got a good group out to see them, live music is always the best!

Reel Rock at Katie’s

We missed last year’s get together, but this year we were definitely making it to Katie’s to re-watch the Reel Rock Film Tour.

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The Reel Rock Film Tour is a bunch of short films of noteworthy (awesome, kick ass) climbers/ ascents from the past year. They are completely inspiring and my hands get sweaty even thinking of the climbs and physical ways these climbers are able to push themselves.

And of course we had some beers! I’m slowly making my way through all the beers in my fridge.

I started off with Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout  by Bell’s Brewery of Michigan 6.1% abv.

(Hi Katie! Thanks again for having us over!)

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This was also one of the beers I got in my Secret Santa 6-pack (thank you Rob) and I was very much looking forward to opening this beer. It did not disappoint!

Roasted malts, milk chocolate, a little smoky, and very smooth and creamy going down. If I can find this beer again, I will definitely pick it up. I wish I had more than one!

Next up, yet another beer from the secret 6-pack, the Buckwheat After Dark by BJ Rockers Brewing Company of Spartanburg, SC at 6% abv.

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Dark wheat ale, tastes like molasses, toffee, biscuits, and wheat. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. Not bad, I was expecting a little more from it though.

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Climbing movies are awesome because they get you psyched to climb again! And right now in the boring winter months, that’s exactly what I need!