Last night we took a snowy trail run through Eagle Creek in the dark. It was one hell of a run– a brilliant way to ring in December and the first snowfall of the year.
We did about five miles, finishing up right around 6 p.m. My light little shoes held up surprisingly well — they seemed to grip the trail just fine and I didn’t twist any ankles. My toes were a little cold for the first half mile or so, but just until I got warmed up.
I had so much fun. I’ll shut up about it here in a minute, but seriously. You gotta try it.
I still need new trail shoes. The ones I have now are Pearl Izumis and I like them all right, but my right heel (yeah, only the right one) slips unless I lace up extra tight; and if I do that I lose feeling in my toes. I love the new, lighter shoes I’ve been wearing, so if anyone can recommend a nice, light trail shoe with decent traction and waterproofing, I’m all ears.
I got home and celebrated with an ice pack on each knee and one of these:
I actually learned (after drinking it), that it’s a bottle-conditioned ale, which means they add a little sugar and yeast just prior to bottle, extending the shelf-life and allowing the beer to evolve and mature as it ages. Basically I should have cellared this one at 55°F and waited a year. Oopsie.
But it still tasted fantastic. A LOT of flavor going on here. Someone on Beer Advocate described it as cloves and bubblegum, and I really can’t do any better than that. It’s sweet and spicy, tangy and pungent. I’m not always a fan of Belgians and tripels, but this one was just right.
It made me feel worldly and sophisticated, like I’d just stepped off the wintry slopes of Belgia.
And, I don’t usually do two-fers (for free) but here’s another beer I tried this week and haven’t had a chance to blog about yet: El Camino (un)real Black ale, an all-Cali collaboration between 21st Amendment, Firestone Walker and Stone Brewing. I picked it up at Binny’s in Chicago last weekend.
It’s a jet-black, roasted, hoppy hybrid ale with fennel seeds, Mission figs, and pink peppercorns.
I KNOW, HUH?!
Fantastic. 9.5 %ABV/80 IBU; monster flavor.
Not everyone shares my affinity for black ales, but they’ve sorta become my obsession du jour.
Anyone else like black ales? Trail running through the snow in the dark? What ARE you obsessing over right now?