From the Bottle Collection

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.

Written by Ken Carman

Eaglebrook Saloon
258 Dedham Street
Norfolk, MA 02056


Eaglebrook Saloon isn’t a brewpub, it’s a wild west like saloon in Norfolk, Massachusetts. They vend out to New England breweries that allow the owner to design his own recipes and one is Dog’s Breath. Not quite an Imperial IPA because the alcohol isn’t that high, but the hops are beyond IPA. Yet it is well balanced: a neat trick.

Very enjoyable. They also have their own Blueberry and other in-house, yet vended out for, beers.

I have had their chili which is great: well worth the trip and the atmosphere is Billy the Kid-ish. Great portions. One almost expects to see gunslingers at the bar and up in the rafters. That’s right, there’s a second floor with a railing.

Two numbers listed on Facebook: 508-384-7312 and 508-384-7235, though I’m not sure if this is still 508. Mass. has added more area codes in the past few years.

They call Dog’s Breath a “Bitter” on several sites I visited, but this is no British Bitter: there’s just too much here hop-wise. British Bitters “Pale” in comparison to what American brewers are doing with hops. (Yes, that was a bad Brit joke, wasn’t it?) American brewers seem to have focused their hop maximizing with IPAs and I-IPAs, less on the ESB side. Perhaps a very hopped up American Pale?

Eaglebrook also has a great micro selection, as well as other beers designed by them and brewed, last time I spoke with them, by Mercury Brewing: formerly Ipswich Brewing… if I remember the conversation right. Or maybe I imagined that conversation… just the Dog’s Breath barking back at me?

Another Dog’s Breath, please.

Aw, do I really have to rollover, sit and beg?