First Climbing Trip Outside!

Ok, it was only a 1 day trip, but I’m not gonna complain! We got a great group of people together (and Amber!) and headed out to Franklin, WV.

Everyone must have been feeling pretty good, because everyone got some hard climbs!

Back down at the cars at the end of the day we cracked open some beers and celebrated!

I ransacked the fridge before we hit the road and brought along my last Terrapin Moo Hoo by Terrapin Brewing Company of Athens, GA at 6% abv.

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This is just such a great chocolate milk stout. It satisfies my sweet tooth! Creamy, chocolately and perfectly done. We stayed until well after dark and then began the 3 hour drive back to DC.

Along the way we stopped for dinner at Union Station in Harrisonburg, VA and got BIG beers! I had the Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout by Bluegrass Brewing Company of Louisville, KY at 8.5% abv.

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It was actually hard to finish! Quite a lot of flavor, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, hints of coffee. Smooth and creamy, with little carbonation.

Although I was so tired, I felt like I could fall asleep in my food! Too bad we still had another two hours to go on the road! At least we were well fed!

More Snowshoe

OK, I have been terrible at blogging recently. I got caught up reading the Game of Thrones series. They are damn big books! But I finished all five books this month and now I can catch up on all the beer posts that I have neglected.

So way back in Feb, I still have a few things to finish up.

At Snowshoe, I had some great beers, like the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen of Brauerie Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla of Bamberg, Germany at 5.4% abv. Holy crap that’s a mouthful! I don’t even know where to start to pronounce that!

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But who cares about pronunciation when it was a great beer! I’ll admit, I rarely drink German beers. I don’t really like Pilsners and I find almost everything that is not a pils to be quite boring and tasteless. Sorry! (Although, I’m open to trying new beers, so if there’s something fabulous that I should try that’s German, let me know!) This German beer was awesome though!

Its dark and smoky,woody, and actually tastes a little like bacon! The smoke is soft and not overpowering, it allows other flavors through. This was a great beer to have on a ski weekend and sip before a fire! I will be having this one again!

Oh, and of course, it was right before Mardi Gras so we had beads and King Cake! Ryan was just plain creepy though.

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Next, I had the Terrapin Moo-Hoo again. I already reviewed this beer, but its fast becoming a favorite! (ps- like the Harpoon UFO shirt? Yep, got that when we toured the brewery!)

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Somehow, twister is our new favorite game. (I think I can blame this on Liz, haha!) But it always gets brought along for big parties, trips to the Red, and ski weekends! Its absolutely hilarious!

The twister mat is obviously meant for children, so seeing four adults trying to squeeze on is too funny. Of course, inappropriate positions happen as well as aggressively and purposefully checking people off the mat! 

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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.

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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!)

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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!

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

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