Snowshoe Part II

The next day at Snowshoe, I took it easy. I know it sounds crazy that I didn’t want to go out skiing, but I was really looking forward to sitting around the house, reading, enjoying some beers and chilling out.

In the afternoon, I decided to crack open my first beer! I had the Moa Imperial Stout by Moa Brewing Company of Blenheim, New Zealand at 10.2% abv.

IMG_2951

I love stouts, but the reason I got this one was because it’s the first beer I’ve had from New Zealand. I was surprised and almost overwhelmed with the amount of carbonation. I had to wait quite a while for the massive head to settle down to get this picture. I was dying to taste it, the wait was killing me!

After tasting, the most notable thing was the woodiness and smokiness of the beer. It does say on the bottle that it was aged in Pinot Noir barrels. Dark fruits and grapes. Thin and a bit estery. Almost a little bitter, possibly the red wine coming from the barrels.

Throughout the afternoon, people were popping in and out of the house to warm up. By the evening, everyone was ready for a nap.

IMG_2952

Next up, I had the Dogfish Head Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Brewing Company of Milton, Delaware at 9% abv.

IMG_2953

It’s a bit different of a beer for me, but really one of my favorites. Such a unique flavor, moderately sweet, honey, grapes (which turn out to be Muscat grapes), apricots, and citrus. Really smooth and full, but not sticky.

Later in the evening, when we started playing games, I broke out the Lancaster Milk Stout by Lancaster Brewing Company of Lancaster, PA at 5.3% abv.

IMG_2956

Not quite as thick as I was hoping for, but a very good milk stout. Smooth and chocolately, hints of coffee and caramel. Chewy oats, roasted malts. A light sizzle of carbonation.

IMG_2957

I tried some truly amazing beers this weekend! Many of them from exotic locations! It was great to try such a selection.

A superb weekend. A big thank you to Novak for organizing!

Snowshoe!!

Every year for President’s Day weekend, Novak organizes a huge group of our climbing friends and rents an equally huge cabin in Snowshoe for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding.

The house was really big, big enough to easily sleep 17 of us, and of course it had a hot tub!

IMG_2960

The first night there, while many people were still on the road, we had a quiet night and some beers around the fire!

I started off with the Allagash Black by Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine at 7.5% abv.

IMG_2925

Allagash really produces quality beers. A lovely dark pour, rich and sweet Belgian dark ale. Smooth with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Moderate, tingling carbonation. Heavy on the malts but with a dry finish. Such a good beer to enjoy in front of the fire!

IMG_2926

Since it was only the four of us we called it an early night to get ready to go skiing the next day. Over night we had about 6 more inches of snow!

The skiing the next day was actually really good! But it was bitter cold! After quite a few runs, I called it quits in the afternoon. A hot shower later and I was back in front of the fire with another beer!

I saw this beer in Total Wine and was really excited to try it! Again it’s a beer from Italy, and my last couple of beers I had from Italy really surprised me. I was hoping this one would as well.

It was the ‘na Biretta Nera by Birrificio Ostiense Artigianale (OBA) of Rome, Italy at 5.5% abv.

IMG_2928

Even before opening, the bottle catches your eye, its not completely round, its oval or oblong shaped, somewhat reminiscent of a flask.

I felt like this was a pretty decent Schwarzbier, roasted malts, slightly bitter. A little chocolaty, toast, with a slight smoky finish. It may be dark but it had a light body and a light mouthfeel.

I also had the Dark Truth Stout by Boulevard Brewing Co of Kansas City, MO an American Double/ Imperial Stout at 9.7% abv.

IMG_2933

Good, full bodied, smooth and silky stout. Tastes of milk chocolate and roasted malts, a light bitter tang of coffee. More carbonation than I would have guessed, but not over powering. Not overly sweet.

Next, I decided to try something light and not something I usually drink at all. I suppose ginger beers are better mixed with other types of alcohol, but this one already contained alcohol. It was Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer of Scotland at 4.8% abv.

IMG_2937

No, I didn’t have it over ice with a lime like it suggested, but it was super enjoyable and refreshing. I cant believe there was alcohol in it! It would truly mix well with just about everything. You could really taste the real ginger, a nice little bite to it!

IMG_2932

This is what climbers do when they’re indoors, they measure their Ape Index. Ape Index compares your height with your wingspan. Having a longer wingspan than height is very desirable for a climber.

IMG_2940

I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I have +1.5 inches! Now I have no excuse to not climb better!

IMG_2941

Even though skiing is the main draw for the weekend, I love just sitting around the house chilling!

IMG_2942

To finish off the night, I opened another “exotic” beer. I grabbed this beer because it was a style I like, but also because it was from Iceland! I don’t think I’ve ever had an Icelandic beer! I had the Lava by Ölvisholt Brugghús of Selfoss, Iceland at 9.4% abv.

IMG_2943

Very much a Russian Imperial stout. Quite roasted, quite a bit of coffee, dry and slightly bitter. Hints of chocolate help soften it, a smoky charred woodiness. Brown sugar and molasses, smooth. Warming and a slow sipper.

IMG_2944

Its thick body and the slightly bigger bottle had me sipping on this beer for quite a while, it was the perfect night cap and the perfect end to a great day of skiing and house antics!

Weekend at Snowshoe!

Friday before Presidents day weekend, we packed up the car and drove out to Snowshoe to ski and party with 20 of our closest friends! Novak got us a wonderful house and so of course we got down to drinking while waiting for all the car loads of people to show up!

Upon arriving, Novak opened up one of her big bottles and was nice enough to share it with me! Thanks! We split the Widmer Brothers Barrel Ages Bourbon ‘11 by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company of Portland, Oregon at 9.4% abv.

IMG_1812

A very good beer! Bourbon and oak, caramel, hints of vanilla. Slightly bitter. The carbonation is low, which suits the beer perfectly giving is a very smooth and creamy feel. Lovely.

Next up, I opened a beer that I’ve had once before, but not for a very long time. I remember really liking it and I was kinda hesitant to try it again because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered!

I had the Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout by Terrapin Beer Company of Athens, Georgia at 6% abv. (Wow, a beer from Georgia! I feel like I rarely drink any beers from GA. Nice!)

IMG_1814

Yep. This beer is fun, and every bit as good as I remember it! Its like chocolate milk for adults! This is a very sweet beer, very chocolaty, slightly bitter roasted malts, hints of vanilla. Low carbonation, smooth, creamy and milky on the tongue. I had to remind myself to slow down!

And then as more people started to arrive we broke out the Cherry Moonshine. We all kept eyeing up the cherries in the bottom thinking it would be nice to try one. Just opening the jar was almost enough to scare me away! We all grabbed one, snapped this pic and popped them in our mouths. I’m sure we all made horrible faces because the cherries were like little death bombs! All alcohol and almost no cherry flavor. That was the last of the moonshine for me that weekend!

IMG_1816

Trevor on the other hand, killed multiple cherries at once and showed us how it was done.

IMG_1818