Musical Cheers: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Kasey Schumacher

In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.


Guest reviewer name/occupation:

Kasey Schumacher, Social Media Director at Lawrence University, performer at Let Me Be Frank Productions

Currently listening to:

Billy Joel's greatest hits and the new Taylor Swift album

Favorite Disney Princess:

Belle from “Beauty and the Beast," obviously.

Guilty pleasure:

“Dancing with the Stars"

Favorite band:

Tough tie between The Goo Goo Dolls and The Eagles.

Preferred Blue Collar Brews:

Miller Lite

Preferred White Collar Brews:

Is Miller Lite not considered a White Collar Brew? Asking for a friend …


Name of beer reviewing:

Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Type of beer:



6 percent


Standard brown beer bottle with a fancy schmancy image of a legendary freighter (the Edmund Fitzgerald) on the label. Points for aesthetic in my book. It looks like a conversation starter kind of beer — if that makes any sense. It does not scream “drink me in the summer at a family BBQ" but it does make me want to sit by a fire and watch a Christmas movie. I'm a strict pilsner kind of girl, so this super dark porter in my pint glass (I don't like beer in bottles, sorry) is a little intimidating.


If you combine chocolate, caramel and coffee into a beer, this would be it. It has a bit of a barky aftertaste but I kind of think that's the point? It's a very lightly carbonated beverage but wasn't as thick as I anticipated based on coloration. It was actually quite smooth. It didn't taste like beer to me — but keep in mind my measuring stick for beer is Miller Lite.

You'll like this beer if:

If you prefer darker beers and like to branch out beyond IPAs. If a beer is an “experience" for you as opposed to just a liquid you consume with pizza or a burger, this would probably be a great addition to a winter beer lineup. It's a good beer; it's just geared toward someone with a more sophisticated palette than myself.

You'll dislike this beer if:

If you prefer light, carbonated beer that easily goes down the hatch. If you are not one to typically dabble with dark beers, I'd stay away from purchasing this one. It has a slight bitterness to it, which I'm still tasting 10 minutes into this review.



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