All posts by Katie Dixon

Grew up in SW Missouri, just moved to Traverse City to help my cousin take care of her daughter. Because of my dad, I grew up going to microbreweries all over the US because he is a fan of good beer. I am a huge fan of punk music and the Red Wings.

Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter – Beer Review

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Setup: So, my uncle breezes into town this afternoon and says to my cousins and me, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner!” So we wind our way through downtown Traverse City (me with an unsightly cold I caught while gallivanting through Boston last week) until we arrive at a cute little place called the Blue Tractor. We sit, and I am delightfully stunned at their selection of Michigan craft beers. I look the list up and down, having tried all…

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Beer Review: Two-For-One From Right Brain Brewery

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: So, you may remember me stating in my last post that I don’t really like wheat beers. Well, there is one big exception to this: hopped wheat beers. In my defense, hops tend to make most things in life better. I finally had the chance to visit Right Brain Brewery the other day. Upon approaching the bar I was (probably way too) excited to see that one could order half pints! So today is a two-for-one review!   The…

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Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream Review

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: I am a complete White Girl when it comes to pumpkin spice; candles, lattes, coffee beans, and (of course) beer!  I need it all! My issue with pumpkin beers is that they are usually wheat beers, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So when I saw Magic Hat’s pumpkin ale at the grocery store, I grabbed it like a little kid going for their first pieces of Halloween candy! The Beer: Upon my first sip of this beer…

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North Peak’s Red Oak Hoptober Review

Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Story: North Peak Brewing Company caught my eye the day after I moved to Traverse City, mostly because I read the sign on the building as “North Perk” and thought it was a coffee shop. (While I am in probably a beer snob, I am indeed a coffee addict.) When I became a contributor to this site, I knew it was the first brewery I wanted to check out. First I went to their website ( to get some info…

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