Category Archives: Brew Review

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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Blue Collar Brew Review – Allagash Curieux Tripel Ale

Earlier in the week, I had a brain fart cloud hanging over my head for a short while. I had picked up a sixer of Lagunitas Stoopid Wit for Saturday night’s opinion piece. Time was winding down and I was … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Bell’s The Oracle DIPA Ale

I was back in Joliet again this afternoon scanning beer shelves at the bottle shop. I was in a slight hurry. My wife was waiting for me out in the truck. Not to worry, the windows were open and there … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

After an all evening rain on Friday, Saturday showed to be sunny warm and muggy. Low hanging cumulus clouds watched me make my trek west to Ottawa to Herman’s to scope out their beer selection. Herman’s is not a very … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – The Bruery Mischief Belgian-Style Ale

I was at the Joliet bottle shop once again this early Saturday afternoon and saw that they had something new and eye-catching. Right at the beginning of the craft beer aisle was a small shelving unit, maybe about 3 ft. … Continue reading

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