Turning 30!

It was a wonderful night of crazy. People were arriving at different times and odd hours. And I got a TON of beer!

Started off the night with The Lips of Faith Paardebloem by New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, CO at 9% abv.

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Then Rob and Anna showed up and brought all this lovely beer for my birthday! They stopped at Pies and Pints and picked up a bunch of local brews by the Bridgeworks Brewing Company!

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Thanks guys! I also had an Orval by Brasserie d’Orval of Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium at 6.2% abv.

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Lisa and Dave came all the way from Johnstown and brought my a crazy glowing sword and wizard staff! Teena and Dave also showed up and brought a ton of beers too!

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I had one of their beers right away, Courage Imperial Russian Stout by Wells and Young’s of Bedford, UK, England at 10% abv.

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The night was getting late, but then crazy showed up. Thanks for the surprise Trevor!

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Somehow I managed a decent night sleep for all the climbing and boating planned for the next day!

Thanks everybody!

Drinks with Liz

When Liz invited us over for dinner and drinks, of course we said yes! To go with dinner I brought a few beers with me, everyone else was doing mixed drinks with rum.

I started off the evening with Orval Trappist Ale by Brasserie d’Orval of Villers-Devant-Orval, Belgium at 6.2% abv.

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A stellar example of a Trappist Belgian Pale Ale. Pours with ample foamy head that lingers and laces the glass beautifully. It has a fairly innocent start but as you drink a little more, more complexity and flavors seems to appear. Soft with green apples and lemons, then it settles in with a little phenolic bite and slight tartness. Finishing with fresh bread and yeast funk that is well known to Belgian beers.

Next I had an bottle of Piraat that I found hiding in the back of the fridge by Brouwerij Van Steelberge of Ertvelde, Belgium at a whopping 10.5% abv.

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This is a good beer to drink slowly. A sweet beer with lots of character and spices. You can really taste the alcohol, pepper, lemony citrus. Apricots, bread, and bananas. This beer will really warm you up.

Such good beers! I’m glad I skipped the rum drinks! (Ok, I’ll admit, I did get talked into having one!)

Visiting Liz at the Pub

Turns out that visiting Liz at Union Pub, in downtown DC, was actually quite an adventure.

When we walked in, we were accidentally told that Liz wasn’t working that night, so we left and right before we walked into another restaurant, she texted us back to let us know there had been a mistake. So we drove back across DC to see Liz. We weren’t in a hurry, and happy to get to see Liz, so the whole thing was kinda funny.

Anyway, I got an Orval by Brasserie d’Orval of Villers-devant, Belgium at 6.9% abv.

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Orval only makes one beer, a Belgian pale ale, not three, like most other Trappist breweries. But its quite good. Pours dark gold, almost copper color. Lightly biscuity, citrus, a pleasant taste of hay, cloves, and caramel.

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Union Pub also has a huge basket of mini corndogs!! I love corndogs!

I also love seeing Liz, thanks Liz!