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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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It was a few years ago that we started the subdomain for pics and jiffs. That was right about the time we got rid of the Next Gen Gallery plugin and other plugins that slowed the site down. The Weekly … Continue reading

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Hot weather is coming to Flatland next week. 3 days of swelter starting on Sunday with temps in the mid 90s. I pity those poor working stiffs who will slave outside under the sun. They’ve got to be prepared for … 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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On Sunday I was honored by the presence of all my kids and their babes and their kids to help me celebrate a significant birthday, a milestone in my life. I turned over another decade and experienced my 70th birthday. … 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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I’ve been sitting at the computer desk while listening to it rain out the window. It has been raining steadily for a little over 8 hours with varying degrees if intensity. All the time that this was occurring, I wondered … Continue reading

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I had been given (on loan) a small video camera called a Flip Mino by my son. Is it named “Flip My No” or “Flip Minnow?” I’ve often wanted one of these cameras but I couldn’t justify the cost at … 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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This ol’ fart is taking it easy for Saturday night, swilling down some Ommegang tripels and loving the warm weather outside. T-shirt for the day sure beats the other layers from months gone by. Now it’s time to readjust daily … Continue reading

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Yes, spring is officially here. About twenty thousand Harleys went past the house today. The sun was out, there was a very slight chill in the air and the robins were having tug-of-war contests with worms. I like how they … 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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It is so nice to have hope for warmer weather so close in the air. The grass is starting to turn green and soon, even those brown clumps interspersed among the green will disappear. Then, green buds will appear 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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Received an email from Tony in the UK: I live in the U.K. and am just getting ready for the day just as your site updates and am often one of the earliest voters/viewers of a refreshed page. I wonder … Continue reading

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