Category Archives: Brew Review

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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Blue Collar Brew – 2016 Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine

Thought I’d climb back into the Brew Review saddle this evening and bang out a few words while drinking a new beer. I was visiting the Route 6 Liquor store to see if they had any new beers for Beer … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Stone Ripper San Diego Pale Ale

During my recent jaunts from place to place, shop to shop, I kept noticing the same newcomer nicely poised on the shelves. Stone’s Ripper San Diego Pale Ale. It was a relatively new release (Jan. ’17) and it really caught … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Marble/Stone/Odell Megawheat Double IPA

At the homebrew club meeting last night, there were a couple of commercial beers that really stood out from the others that were sampled. One was a ginormous stout from local brewery Brickstone in Kankakee, Illinois. Deep, rich, dark chocolate … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Founders Azacca India Pale Ale

The truck was low on gas and finances only allowed for a beer purchase. The gas would have wait. I was limited to the local bottle shops (of which there is only one decent one.) I started at ol’ reliable … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – 3Floyds Permanent Funeral Pale Ale

I had to get gas prior to my beer run. I had coordinates set westerly for Ottawa and Herman’s. When I approached I-80, I decided to change course and head east to Cardinal’s. They’ve been updating their Beer Menus religiously. … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew – Allagash Sixteen Counties

I decided to redeem the Binny’s gift card I received for Christmas and headed out to the friendly town of Plainfield. Just across the Plainfield city limits, I turned and made my way to the Chicago Brew Werks homebrew shop … Continue reading

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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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