Category Archives: Brew Review

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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Blue Collar Brew Review – Two Brothers Bare Tree 2015 Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer

I was scanning the shelves at the tiny Route 6 Liquor store and didn’t expect to find much of anything new or something that held my interest. They held heavy on the Lagunitas and Stone beers and there were many … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Lagunitas Stoopid Wit

I trucked over to the local beer store in my neighborhood to see if I could try a beer that was relatively new without going into the unknown new breweries I haven’t heard about. The shelves were filled with more … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Bell’s Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer

I made my way to the Joliet beer store again, this time looking for a style of beer that I haven’t had in quite some time. I know it’s a hot summer, but I wasn’t in the mood for diving … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Stone Citrusy Wit

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had a chance encounter with a beer rep at the Rte. 6 store. I mentioned that I received a free sixpack of different beers, sort of a beer sampler. Among those beers … Continue reading

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