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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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A shorter SPT for today

There will be less than the usual posts today. Feeling out of sorts, don’t give a shit or a rat’s ass, a bit tired and sick of winter. I have the funk. It’s like passing on a cost increase to … 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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Saturday night was a party night in my son’s large garage. He hyped it up as “Feb-Brew-Ary.” As usual, I was the oldest guy there. Lots of homebrew dispensed from built in taps and jockey boxes. Meads and rare beers … Continue reading

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I spent some time this last week trying to make friends again with the Chrome browser for Mac. I’ve been dealing with the whims of Firefox since… wait. Since when? I’d say the trouble started when the Comcast guys came … 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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Winter is playing tricks on us Flatlanders. We had temps in the mid 40s this weekend and lots of sunshine. Makes ya wanna stand outside on the patio and take a few deep inhales while slapping your chest. We’ll go … 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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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, moms and dads, I’m taking the night off just to screw around and do whatever tickles my fancy. Therefore and sadly, there will be no Blue Collar Brew to write about this week. I … Continue reading

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The new page with the links for the Weekly Babes of 2017 has been completed. If you find any broken links or links to the wrong destinations, please leave a comment below. View the Weekly Babes here. this image gallery … 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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Welp, I’ve sat on my ass way too long and now I must apologize for not starting a new Weekly Babes page for 2017. The whole thing will probably take me about 45 mins to an hour to get it … 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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What the hell happened last Saturday? I thought I’d clue you in. Last Saturday was my good friend Jeff’s annual chili cook-off event. Jeff invites friends over to his luxurious estate with the chance of winning a best tasting chili … 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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Frankly Happy New Year

As I start typing this epistle, there’s about a half hour to go before 2016 turns into 2017. Once again, we’ll all have problems for two weeks or more getting use to the new date on documents. 2016 was a … Continue reading

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