Entries by Drew Koszulinski

Atwater Traverse City Cherry Wheat

ABV: 6% Appearance: Atwater’s Traverse City Cherry Wheat pours faintly red with a fluffy, white head. Although the beer has a noticeable amount of wheat in it, the beer is remarkably clear. Wheat has a much higher protein content than malted barley, which leaves a memorable haziness in most cases (think Oberon). The beer’s abnormal clarity […]

Arcadia Rapunzel Wheat IPA

ABV: 5.8% IBUs: 48 Aroma: Rapunzel has let really her hair down here (this pun doesn’t even work that well in this instance, but I wanted to get it out of the way early). The aroma is pretty notable with very forward wheat character, balanced nice and tall with citrus and tropical fruit from the Michigan-grown […]

Blackrocks North Third Stout

ABV: 6% IBUs: 30 I have a feeling that the folks at Blackrocks know a thing or two about surviving Michigan winters. Located in Marquette in the U.P., winter starts sooner and ends later than most places in the country below 5,000 feet above sea level. I figured that if I were looking for a […]

Unity Vibration Bourbon Peach American Wild Ale

Style: Kombucha Beer ABV: 8.0% I think I speak for many beer drinkers when I say that one of the best parts about the craft beer industry is the overwhelming variety of beers on the shelf. We’ve come a very long way from the German beer purity law from 1487, The Reinheitsgebot. It simplifies beer quite […]

Odd Side Mayan Mocha Stout

There’s very few occasions where I would instinctively grab a bottle of something as complex as a dark beer with coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero peppers. However, Odd Side Ales has time and again surprised me with some less-than-common additions to their beer. Since the late 90’s or so, home brewing has been steadily growing […]

Short’s Nightwheeler

Style: Session India Style Black Lager ABV: 4.0% IBU: 60 Aroma: Oddly enough, my first thought when taking in the aroma of this beer is simply “beer.” In quite a nice way, this beer’s aroma is by no means flashy, overwhelming, or intense. Its foremost characteristic thus far is a simple, clean yeast character, followed […]

Short's Nightwheeler

Style: Session India Style Black Lager ABV: 4.0% IBU: 60 Aroma: Oddly enough, my first thought when taking in the aroma of this beer is simply “beer.” In quite a nice way, this beer’s aroma is by no means flashy, overwhelming, or intense. Its foremost characteristic thus far is a simple, clean yeast character, followed […]

John Stewart’s wizardry reigns supreme at Perrin

I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject of magic, but I have a few reasons to believe Perrin’s Production Manager — John Stewart — is most likely a wizard. I got a few minutes to chat stone-cold beer nerdery with him, and regardless of having commercial brewing experience myself, he was still dropping information […]

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