Beer Reviews

  • Autumn Brews

    As the warm glow of summer fades, we look for beers reflecting the season’s change. Starting with a bright honey amber and making our way to more autumnal flavors, these beers celebrate the end of summer’s heat and welcome autumn’s chill.

    Latitude 42° Schoolhouse
    Honey Amber Ale:

    CPWF_WineBuzz_Ad_JuneThe schoolhouse rocks back-to-the-books season with this gloriously golden-hued amber ale. A touch of honey nicely balanced with fruit and citrus notes make up the aroma, quickly giving way to a smooth malty flavor with a surprisingly prickly finish. Creamy in flavor, this ale is still light enough to refresh, offering lovely complexity. With an easy 5 percent ABV, this Michigan native is ideal for the heels of summer, yet nicely sessionable for pigskin pigouts and other fall gatherings.


    Jackie O’s
    Barking Pumpkin Ale:

    CPWF_WineBuzz_Ad_JuneNot to be left out of fall festivities, southern Ohio brewery Jackie O’s offers up its harvest-inspired pumpkin ale. With color reminiscent of an autumn sunset, this brew has a distinct nose of pumpkin and spices – but with the first sip, strong notes of ginger, coriander and cinnamon are present, slowly fading to a hoppy, lightly bitter finish. Perfect for an October evening, this ale’s creamy mouthfeel and spice-infused flavor is warming and its ABV is a hearty yet somewhat masked 9 percent.


    Elevator Brewing Company
    Dark Force Lager:

    CPWF_WineBuzz_Ad_JuneOn a crisp autumn evening, there’s nothing like a toasty lager. Although Columbus-based Elevator’s entry pours a dark, coppery brown color, this brew is surprisingly light in body, lacking the viscosity of some of Dark Force’s brunette cohorts. Yet its full flavor blends hints of caramel and nuts to produce a well-balanced and flavorful experience. Despite its light mouthfeel, Dark Force’s 5.9 percent ABV and overall warmth will make this a great go-to fall beer as the days shorten.

    -Amy Weirick


  • Summer Brews

    by Amy Weirick

    Summer’s in full swing, so we sought out well-balanced brews that refresh. From a lively porter and a fruit-infused stout to a crisp IPA, our picks are all Midwest brews, distinctive without overwhelming.
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  • Anticipating Summer

    by Amy Weirick

    With summer at our door, we wanted to load the cart with beers that seem tailor-made for barbecues, beach parties and warm summer nights. Now that 1,000-plus-year-old German gose-style beers are making a resurgence, it’s the perfect time to try this thirst-quencher.
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  • Spring Brews

    By Amy Weirick

    “March blows in like a lion, out like a lamb” was the inspiration for this spring’s trio of brews. However, we turned that old saw on its head; our first beer is the gentle lamb, and our third commands the stage like a blustery, early spring gale. Read Entire Article…

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