This weekend, I managed to break out of a slump and finish the week with three runs and a taste of double-digit miles--but first a taste of double-flavor ale.
|Mmm ... smoky.|
(I will admit that my preference for smoky Scotches like Laphroaig prepared my palate to enjoy this beer, but just because something is smoky doesn't mean it's Scotchy. If anything, the sweetness gives it a bourbon-like quality.)
The Smoked and Oaked is a small batch Belgian dark ale, brewed with peat and smoked cherry wood malts and aged in whiskey barrels, featuring an 8 percent ABV, according to Beer Advocate. It pours a hazy amber with a smooth, frothy head, which laces nicely on the glass. While the beer has a higher alcohol content, its complex flavor hides any boozy aftertaste.
This is my first experience with Epic Brewing, and it won't be my last. Upon reading about the Smoked and Oaked, I believe my bottle was from the No. 6 release. Contrary to the Beer Advocate reviews linked above, the Epic Brewing description of this beer shows a 10.5 percent ABV.
I tend to love beverages that are smoky, so your experience may not be as positive as mine. Regardless, the Smoked and Oaked is worthy of any Team BHI member.
Last Monday I returned to barefoot running after a 20-day hiatus. During my brief respite from baring my soles, the weather had turned brisk. The cold pavement was manageable enough for three miles, but I knew that Northeast Ohio was about to make barefooting much tougher.
After a five-mile (or so) trail run in my Altra Adams Saturday, I decided I wanted to be able to run in less shoe around the neighborhoods. Sunday morning, I picked up a big package of low-cut socks for $12 at Costco and ran three miles in a pair.
The socks kept my feet warm, though provided much more cushion than I expected. There was puddle I couldn't avoid and was happy that the socks dried fairly quickly. I didn't care for how much my feet slide from landing to lifting phases of my stride, but the effect did not cause any pain.
I've convinced that running in just socks should be a suitable option when it's cold and relatively dry.