Category Archives: Brew Review

Blue Collar Brew – War Pigs Foggy Geezer Hazy India Pale Ale

A quick trip to Cardinal beer store in Joliet. I can usually score something tasty almost every visit. But their parking lot is so small and the store is so busy, getting in and out can sometimes be a hassle. … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Belgian Inspired Dark Ale

Tonight’s beer candidate was new shipment just in at Route 6 Liquors in Channahon. It was a beer from Bell’s out of Kalamazoo, Michigan called Hell Hath No Fury. It was a Belgian inspired dark ale according to the label … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Odell Rupture Fresh Grind Ale

While going through the Beer Street Journal online recently, I spotted a beer that sounded odd in an interesting sort of way. The beer was brewed by Odell Brewing out of Fort Collins, CO. It was called Rupture Fresh Grind … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial Inadia Pale Ale

Earlier today, I made a trek up to Joliet’s Cardinal Liquors. I hadn’t been there in quite some time. Wonder if anything had changed. Sure as shit, there was a big section of beer boxes all piled on top of … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Deschutes Swivelhead Red India Style Red Ale

This Saturday, I promised myself to stay away from those ridiculously high ABV beers and settle for something more mainstream, yet different. No Oktoberfest beers and no pumpkin beers. I decided to stay local and spent some time at Four … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – The Bruery Mash & Coconut Imperial Brown Ale – 2017

I was reading the Beer Street Journal online when an article caught my eye. It was about a new release from The Bruery called Mash & Coconut. Read it here. (Note: I missed the details at the bottom.) I remember … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – – Founders DKML Imperial Malt Liquor

I walked into my local nottle shop earlier this week and heard my name called. “We got your beer, the one you asked for.” It could only be Founders’ new release, DKML Imperial Malt Liquor. Sure as shit, there was … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo IPA

I had pounded out over 600 words about the beer I was reviewing for tonight. It was all done except for placing the images. Two hours of formulating sentences, looking up links for insertion and gathering info. Something happened during … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Ommegang Game of Thrones Bend the Knee Golden Ale

I visited the Route 6 Liquors bottle shop for a list of their new brews in order to update their Beer Menus account. It looked like all of the stuff was still in boxes stacked by the front door. Sue, … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Solemn Oath Ultra High Frequency American Double Red Ale

Saturday afternoon found me staring at beer bottle labels at the Cardinal shop in Joliet. This time the roads were quite manageable unlike last weekend. I noticed that there were a lot more beers being sold in cans. Beer in … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale

I decided to take an early afternoon trek in the opposite direction from the bustle of Joliet and go west, old man to Ottawa. Less traffic, wider vistas(beans, corn, beans, corn, ad nauseam.) It was a cooler day, windows halfway … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – 3 Floyds Necron 99 Scortch-Style Ale

I have been snookered. I don’t know if 3Floyds is responsible for false advertising, misleading the public or just lies, lies and damned lies. There I was, there I was, there I was in the Route 6 liquor store. I … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Arrogant Brewing Who You Callin’ Wussie Pilsner

I saw this new beer two weeks ago down at the Route 6 Liquor store, its distinctive black cardboard packaging made it stand out among all the others on the shelf. Also prominent on the package was the familiar devil’s … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Brickstone Galaxy Down Under IPA

Almost completely healed from that common cold I caught last weekend and the Kleenex usage is decreasing. “Common cold” works only when you don’t have one. When you get a cold, there’s nothing common about it at all. At some … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Brickstone Hop Skip Double Pale Ale

I have been swayed over to a new IPA by my sons. Each one of them has this beer somewhere in their possession. The best part about the beer is that it’s locally brewed. The beer is Brickstone’s Hop Skip … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Bell’s Oberon American Wheat Ale

I was reminded of a beer in an email from a reader. The beer he was drinking was Bell’s Oberon, the quintessential harbinger of spring. I thought to myself, “why not?” I hadn’t had an Oberon (a quick search on … Continue reading

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