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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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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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