Blue Collar Brewery, Poughkeepsie, NY

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I stopped in at Blue Collar Brewery in Poughkeepsie, New York for a beer.  The Rye Pale Ale was what caught my attention.  It was spicy – as influenced by the rye – especially in the beginning of a sip.  Toward the end of the sip it became malty and buttery – the spice dissipated into a delicious flavor, almost sweet.  This beer had a great deal of character and I’d enjoy it again given the opportunity and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie, NY

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I stopped in at Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie, New York for dinner and a beer.  I actually tried a flight of five beer samples.  The Buffalo Fried Brussels Sprouts appetizer were outstanding!  Great flavor!.  I enjoyed the Hubar IPA and Pine Tar best with these because the spiciness of both food and drink was perfect.  For dinner I enjoyed the Grilled Swordfish which was deliciously paired with tabouleh and I preferred the cream ale and Kilt Spinner best with dinner.  The beer I enjoyed most was the Pine Tar with spiciness and hints of pine.  I hope to enjoy this beer again!

I made a second stop at Mill House Brewing Company and had another outstanding experience.  This time I ate at the bar with colleagues.  We had the great pleasure of chatting with owner Chris Crocco for quite a while this evening.  He’s a great guy.  So we shared a number of items this evening: fried pickle chips, fried chickpeas, smoked garlic sausage with pierogies and fig and pig pizza.  EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS.  Just FYI the sausages are all made in house and they have a number of them.  I might try to get some to take home with me.  The fig and pig pizza was exactly what it sounds like and it was sweet and awesome.  I knew I wanted Pine Tar and it delivered – see above.  I also tried Kold One Kolsch which was light and refreshing.  And I ended the evening with Sexual Chocolate Stout and yes it is everything you can imagine but keeping this blog rated PG we’ll leave it at that.

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Fremont Brewing, Seattle, WA

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I did a double-take at Fremont Brewing when I saw the ice box.  Wow.  A blast from the past.  Very cool!  No pun intended.  I stopped in for a beer and enjoyed the Cask Summer Ale with the taste of juniper.  Very nice.  The Rye Saison was spicy as I like it.  Pilsner was refreshing.  In all, some great beers and a great place to enjoy them.

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Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, WA

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I stopped in at Elysian Brewing Company for lunch and a beer.  The salmon patty burger was delicious along with the sweet potato fries – I highly recommend this.  In terms of the beers, if I were to recommend one I’d go with Men’s Room Summer Gold.  The bartender recommended this.  I agree.  It is delicious.  Very drinkable.  Pairs well with many types of food.  A great beer for any time.  It goes down smooth and easy.  I tried several of the other beers and they were all tasty.

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