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More climbing!!

After a fantastic day on the rock with fantastic people, we got back to the cars, and the coolers, and proceeded to have some tasty beverages!

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I started off with a fantastic beer by one of my favorite breweries. I had the Merry Monks by Weyerbacher Brewery of Easton, PA at a buzz inducing 9.3% abv.

It seems a shame to drink it straight out of the bottle, but on climbing trips I suppose we must sometimes “rough it.” Fantastic flavors. Banana and cloves. Moderately bubbly, it would be so pretty in a glass. Sweet malt and yeast, fruits like apples and pears. And on a cool evening, a wonderful warming beer.

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We just chilled in the chilly air by the cars for almost an hour, till we got a bit too cold and hungry.

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Then of course we went to Pies and Pints again.

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I have to admit, I was actually brought the wrong beer. I had ordered the Ayinger Celebrator, and got the Ayinger Ur-Weiss by Brauerie Aying of Aying, Germany at 5.8% abv.

But I was happy anyway. And sometimes its hard to continually try new beers when you know for certain there are beers available that you love. So I thought of it as a good mistake.

It’s a wheat beer, but a dark one. Really great mouthfeel, chewy. Ripe fruit, caramel and toffee. Heavy on the malts and yeast. If you like Belgian beers then this might be the wheat beer, or Dunkelweizen, for you!

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!

Part II of Rafting!

Saturday, down at the New River Gorge, we climbed at Summersville Lake!

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(Watch out, we know Karate!)

It has such a great distribution of climbs in all ranges of difficulty that everyone was able to climb what they wanted.

That night, to have another successful bonfire, we ordered out pizza from Pies and Pints. It worked out great!

Another Left Hand Milk Stout, can I go anywhere without it??

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Split another big bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Sebbie, the woman on the bottle, rocks!! Woot!

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Mmm, delicious, thanks Kristen!

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Yay, smores!

And of course, another Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I am so predictable.

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We all turned in kinda early since we had to wake up at 5:30am to go rafting the next day! I was super nervous because when we woke up it was freezing! I couldn’t imagine getting in the water!

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I even opted to wear the wetsuit, I was scared of the 61 degree water and 45 degree air temperature!

We had a blast! The rapids were awesome! I think we paddled a little too well and nobody really fell out. In the morning the air temps were so cold that the water actually felt warm in comparison, but it was the opposite in the afternoon and I started to freeze. I can’t believe how fast the day went on the water! Six hours later, and we were done. Successful rafting trip!

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I was beat. Jack and I took turns passing out on the 5 hour ride home. It felt so good to get a hot shower and pass out.

Beer in Pictures

I’m still alive! I’ve just been super busy recently, and I really slacked on the blog, oops! So I have a week’s worth of beers that I drank that I need to post. Many of them are repeats. I tried lots of new beers while we were camping and my descriptions wont do them justice, I was a bit drunk at the time!

OK, from the beginning. Steeler game at Chris’s house. I just grabbed a few beers from the fridge and headed over. Very depressing game.

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I love going to Chris’s for games, he makes great food, awesome condo, and the cutest beagle ever! You know how I feel about these beers—love em!

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Wednesday was my birthday, but Jack was out of town, so earlier in the week Jack picked up a bunch of delicious fruit, bread, cheese, and desserts from Whole Foods and we went out for a motorcycle picnic! Again, I just grabbed a beer from the fridge.

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Kinda low key for my birthday, but I knew we would be partying it up for the weekend and wanted to keep it chill.

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Thursday night we got a bit of a late start but we left for the New River Gorge for a weekend of climbing and rafting! Yes, rafting too! As climbers we always see the river and say that one day we will go rafting. Thanks to Ryan and Kristen, who thought up and organized the trip, we were able to get a bunch of people to commit!

Friday, Jack and I  climbed at Tattoo wall down in Bubba city and were joined by Kristen and Ryan! It was a bit cold, but the climbing kept us warm! Here’s Kristen rocking out her first climb of the day!

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That night we hit up the Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville for the first time! The sandwiches were amazing! They have really unique flavor combinations and house made sauces and jams. They also have a pretty good beer list!

Once we were stuffed we headed back to camp, managed to get a pretty good fire going, and cracked open some beers! A big thank you to Kristen for packing a whole bunch of yummy beers to celebrate my birthday!

Since they were big bottles we shared

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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Smooth, creamy, slight coffee, medium-full body, dry finish. I will have to have it again sometime soon, out of a glass, to give it the respect it deserves.

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Ahh! Ryan proudly displays our next bottle, New Belgium Tripel, with smoke in his eyes! I really enjoyed this beer, but it tasted like bananas to me! Also, everyone in the DC area is flipping out because New Belgium beers are starting to be carried in the grocery stores in the area!

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This next one we did not share. haha! But we each had an Old Chub Scotch Ale by Oscar Blues Brewing Co.

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And last but not least we split, Kristen’s personal favorite of the night, Allagash Curieux, a bourbon-barrel aged Tripel.

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Bourbon, caramel, oak, medium body, full mouthfeel. This is such a good beer! And with its 11% abv, this is the one that put us to bed. By this time we had a couple more people finish their ride down and join us round the campfire. Also, pretty cool, Ryan set up his slack line for us to get a little practice and entertainment. A slack line is a strange offshoot developed by climbers. Its very similar to tight tope walking. You don’t use a long pole, and once you get good you do amazing, mind-blowing tricks. We just practiced getting up on it and taking a few steps.

But here’s a sick video so you can see what I’m talking about. (its kind of a long video, but skip the intro that lasts the first full minute.)

Im gonna have to end this post here, but Part II will be up very soon!