7 Climbing-Themed Beers

Perfect brews for post-send celebrations
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Perfect brews for post-send celebrations

This story originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of our print edition.

Fire & Eisbock—Mammoth Brewing Company. Photo: Rebecca Garrett

Fire & Eisbock—Mammoth Brewing Company. Photo: Rebecca Garrett

It’s no secret that climbing and beer (in that order) are the perfect recipe for a good day. And while beer has fully integrated itself into the climbing world, it’s rare for climbing to show its face in the beer world. So we tracked down three breweries either owned or staffed with climbers to find this selection of climbing-inspired beers and bottle labels: California’s Mammoth and Tioga-Sequoia breweries each employ climbers in their brew rooms, and strangely enough, Indiana’s Figure Eight Brewing is entirely climbing-themed.

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Offwidth
Figure Eight Brewing

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Where Lizards Dare
Figure Eight Brewing

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Snake Pro
Figure Eight Brewing

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Half Dome
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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Midnight Lightning
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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Pirate Pils (Yup, that's Ammon McNeely on the label)
Figure Eight Brewing

The Perks of Being a Brewer

We spoke with brewer and climber Adam Floyd of Mammoth Brewing Company, which prides itself on embracing the outdoor lifestyle, about what it’s like to make beer professionally in the paradise of Mammoth Lakes, California.

Brewer Adam Floyd in action.

Brewer Adam Floyd in action.

Describe your job.
I make the beer. I filter the beer, and I take care of it as it ferments.

How does one become a brewer?
I started as a home brewer. I was just making beer for myself. And I was also a welder for a long time. The head brewer wanted people that knew brewing but also had other skills. Stuff is always breaking down. Taking care of the machinery is part of the job.

Is this a typical 9 to 5 job?
No. That’s the thing I like about it most. The schedule is pretty amazing. I get to work four days a week from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight. It leaves all my days free.

And how far is your “office” from the nearest cliff?
You could run to Warming Wall in probably 10 minutes, and Owens River Gorge near Bishop is only 30 minutes away.

Do you get unlimited free beer?
I do get free beer, but not an unlimited supply. The amount is more than I could personally drink, but it’s not more than my friends and I can drink together.

Does climbing influence your brewing in any way?
Not really. But to me, climbing and beer go together in a certain sense. That’s when I enjoy drinking beer the most, after a hard day of climbing.