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CAVU is an aeronautical acronym for the term “clear and unlimited visibility.” In other words, the weather is fine, and smooth sailing is ahead. CAVU is a Blonde Ale from Charlotte’s NoDa Brewing Company and the sailing is smooth indeed as this is one of the finest summer lawnmower beers around. The nose has orange and pineapple, and the middle is lemony with some wheat giving it a mild, dry profile. The middle follows into the finish which becomes earthy and adds a hint of pine and grapefruit right at the end. The alcohol is a relatively light 4.6% and the body is light to medium. This is a deliciously balanced beer that isn’t overpowering in any way, and I’ll be enjoying it all summer long.

I give it a 4.6 out of 5.

Victory Summer Love


This summer seasonal from Victory Brewing is a blonde ale, light weight with a floral nose.   Once it hits your mouth, it’s all hops.   Crisp, bitter, summery hops.   Awesome, in a word.   This is a fantastic, refreshing beer that will almost make me sad to see the last heat of summer fade away.

I give it a 4.25 out of 5.