December 25th 2012
Mount Morrison – Jefferson County, CO – 7,138 ft (2,176 m)
Upslope Christmas Ale – Belgian Strong Dark – 8.2% ABV
Christmas time. Always busy with family and friends. Of course that is not a bad thing, but it can limit time for outdoor fun. We thought it would be great if we could get up to Mount Morrison to watch the sun rise on xmas morning before having to be at our families house that morning. Well – we didn’t quite make it to the top before running out of time, but that didn’t make it any less awesome.
It snowed all night and was bitter cold, about 5 F when we started and not above 10 the whole time. But that just made it that much more beautiful. Honestly one of the more majestic feeling hikes I have ever been on. At one point a deer came hopping over the ridge maybe 50 feet from us – just bounding through fresh, untouched snow. It was like something out of a movie.
What a perfect beer to drink for our Christmas hike – Christmas Ale! A spicy winter warmer, but in a dubbel style beer. It plays well together, but still a very spiced beer.