Category Archives: Brew Review

Blue Collar Brew – Bell’s Roundhouse India Red Ale

The ice of the last few days was gone. The sun was shining. I decided to make a beer run not to Joliet, but rather in the opposite direction to Ottawa. Herman’s was at the end of the line that … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Half Acre Navaja Double India Pale Ale

I had run across a blurb somewhere about a beer from Southern Tier called Choklat Oranj. I remembered that their Choklat stout had the best tasting chocolate flavors of all the ones tried. Now they’ve added an orange flavor to … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Heretic Evil Cousin

We’ll pick up the ball where it was downed last week and run another play with a beer from Jamil and the brewing brothers and sisters at Heretic Brewing. Last week Heretic Evil Twin was first tasted and enjoyed for … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Heretic Evil Twin

A number of factors came together over Friday-Saturday that, for me, were very serendipitous (lucky.) Friday night our homebrew club met and during the course of the evening, one member brought two different beers from the same brewery to pass … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Flying Dog Bee Beer

I paid a visit to the Route 6 Liquors in Channahon on Friday to get the update for their Beer Menus. The owner lady pointed out three of the newbies and I quickly scribbled down names and packaging and prices. … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Surly Abrasive Ale

I decided to take a leisurely jaunt to Plainfield and visit Binny’s beer joint. Traffic seemed to comprised of about 85% females all with different and erratic driving habits. There was however, one or two fist waving guys in a … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Alchemist The Crusher DIPA and Focal Banger IPA

I mulled an idea around in my head all week. When I attended our local homebrew club meeting on Friday, it was then that I was convinced that my idea was a good idea and Saturday evening would be well … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – North Coast Old Stock Ale

I had stopped in the local bottle shop and spotted a name I haven’t seen on the shelf in a few years. It was North Coast Old Stock Ale. The last time I partook of an Old Stock was back … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Alchemist Heady Topper

I have been in a state of utter beer bliss the entire last week after receiving a package via FedEx last Tuesday. It was half of a beer trade between an SPT reader and myself. Reader John was from New … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Orkney Skull Splitter

I decided to swing my truck around the other way this nice autumn Saturday, and pointed it west down I-80 headed for Herman’s in Ottawa. The drive is about the same length of time and distance as to Joliet, but … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – New Holland Tasmanian Hatter Galaxy IPA

It was Saturday afternoon and I was at the beer store in Joliet again. I was relatively early, traffic was light, the weather was nice, so I decided to take my time. A couple of beers caught my eye, one … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Elysian Space Dust IPA

Last Sunday, our family members gathered at #1 son’s house to wish him the best on his birthday. A short while into the afternoon, It was suggested that we go out to eat at a place where #1 said had … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – 3 Floyds Zombie Dust

Note: This post is out of sequence from normal because of a birthday, a special gift and a brewery visit. It will become apparent below. Friday was a semi-family get together. My #1 son will be celebrating a birthday on … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Great Lakes Oktoberfest

In talking with the owner lady of the Route 6 store over the last two weeks, I got to thinking about Oktoberfest beers and the fact that I haven’t had that style in quite a while. She told me that … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Victory Dirt Wolf Double IPA

I was out in Channahon/Minooka Kimona-wanna-laya at the Route 6 beer store and spotted a relatively nondescript four-pack on the shelf. It was another beer from Victory called Dirt Wolf Double IPA. I was pretty much in an IPA mood … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Victory XX Anniversary Imperial Pilsner

I remember those times when I was a little kid, my dad would drive my mom to Sears. I’d go with sometimes. He’d drop Mom off near the door and find a parking spot. He’d sit there quietly and calmly … Continue reading

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