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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Bluegrass Brewing Company, Louisville, KY

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I stopped at the Bluegrass Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky for dinner tonight.  The bartender was very nice and helpful.  I started right away with their IPA which was a good thing because it took quite a while for dinner to come out of the kitchen.  I ordered the Thai Lettuce Wrap with chicken and anticipated a similar dish I had ordered in other restaurants, but it was too messy to actually wrap the Thai chicken in the small lettuce leaves.  But it was really tasty nonetheless.  The IPA was good also but not the best I’ve ever had.  They also had a wide range of in-house-brewed beers.  You can get a feel for their offerings by clicking on the company name link and checking out the beers list.

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