Wine Night at Trevor’s

On a Saturday night early in March, Trevor had people over for wine night and said to dress up! Since I wear scrubs to work and we go to the gym all the time, I feel like I never have a chance to get dressed up, so I was excited to go! (Even though I’m not really a wine drinker.) We also had to drink very conservatively and leave early since we had the Reston 10 Miler race the next morning!

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And the boys looking snazzy!

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I also had a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (unfortunately not the picture from that night, sorry) (And the label is ripped! I cant believe I didn’t have a better picture!)

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People always say not to change anything before a big race. Since I always drink beer, I felt it was safer than wine. But I only had one. I believe that beer is carb loading! I was only preparing my body for the race in the morning!

Next morning race recap: I ran the whole 10 miles and finished strong! I averaged a 9:27 pace for 1hr 34m. Jack finished 6th overall in 1hr 15 sec!

A Beer After Climbing

Thursday night, I climbed with Novak! Afterward, we came back to my place and split some beers! We each had two half beers.

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(Notice the new glassware? My dad gave them to me when I was at home! I’m not too big on German beers, but he gave me a couple of matching sets and a few steins. They are awesome! Ill be showing them off in future posts I’m sure!)

We split the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout that came from my Secret Santa 6-pack!

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And we split the Unibroue Blanche De Chambly of Quebec, Canada at 5% abv.

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The Blanche De Chambly is considered a witbier and, obviously, is very different and much lighter than the beers I usually drink. Witbiers “white beers” are Belgian wheat beers and are usually very pale and unfiltered so they can have a cloudy appearance.

This was super drinkable! Quite carbonated, but refreshing. It went down easier than the stout actually. A little fruity and lemony. This would be fantastic for a summer day.

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I’m always psyched for some beers after a workout!

Dinner at Liz’s

Friday night we went over to Liz’s place in DC for a relaxed dinner. Trevor and Ryan came too. Trevor brought the good cheeses and Ryan brought the good beer!

Liz made a really good dinner, but I especially liked her Vermont family recipe for mac and cheese! It was delicious!

While she cooked, I helped shred cheese and got started on some beers Jack brought. I had the Dominion Baltic Porter by Old Dominion Brewing Company of Deleware 7% abv.

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This is an odd pose, but Jack said I didn’t hold the beer up high enough in the first picture to see it.

Anyway, this is one of Jack’s favorite go-to beers and he picked it up at the store to bring to Liz’s. We also have 12 more at home in the fridge!

Roasted malts, chocolately, a little burnt, and low on hops. It al blends very well. Not too extreme for a Baltic Porter and a great easy winter sipping beer.

Next up, I had one of the beers Ryan brought, he came to the door with a big box with multiple 6 packs inside! I spied the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery 10% abv.

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Incredibly chocolaty, incredibly malty. Not too thick of a mouthfeel, a bit dry toward the end. A slight hint of vanilla and a bit boozy at 10%. Ryan knows my type of beer and picked this up especially for me! Thanks Ryan!

After dinner I tried another beer that Ryan brought since I’ve never had it before! And it has an interesting story and I love a beer that has a story!

I had Censored, a Rich Copper Ale, by Lagunitas Brewing Co of California 6.75% abv.

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The story behind the name is that it used to be named the Kronic but apparently people too offense to the name because it referred to weed. And so they slapped a censored bar over the name instead of changing it, you can still kind of see the word Kronic peeking out from behind it.

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A little bit of life-advice on the side of the bottle.

Thank you Liz for dinner, Trevor for the cheeses, and Ryan for the beers! You guys know how to make it a simple and awesome night!