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Dexter Mich. — Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is known for creating truly unique all-sour, oak-aged beers but last year the brewery did something that really shocked the beer world by releasing two non-sour IPA’s. These beers were kept to a pub-only release.

Jolly Pumpkin is now announcing the release of their third beer in their non-sour collective – Rugged Lands. This limited release, will be the first non-sour Jolly Pumpkin beer to be sold outside the breweries pubs.

Brewed with a variety of both Northwest and local Michigan grown hops, Rugged Lands is a lush, hop forward IPA with tropical notes of tangerines, oranges, guavas, peaches and nectarines. 7.3% ABV and 65 IBU

rugged landsJolly Pumpkin founder and brew master, Ron Jeffries shares why he chose to brew a non-sour IPA. “IPAs are great, one of my favorite styles. Hop and yeast varieties create an infinite palate for delicious drinkable flavor explorations. Darker malts are just too heavy to allow these other beautiful flavors to shine through.” ‘That’s weird’ has always been a mantra of Jolly Pumpkin and they continue to brew unexpected beers even when they don’t adhere to the brewery’s ‘Stay Sour’ catchphrase.

Rugged Lands is available for a limited time on draft and in 4-packs of 16 ounce cans at all Jolly Pumpkin pub locations and throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Canada.

 

About Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales was founded in 2004 in Dexter, Michigan. Jolly Pumpkin produces world renowned sour ales through the process of open fermentation, oak aging, and bottle conditioning. Jolly Pumpkin brewpubs can be found in Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Detroit, Royal Oak, Grand Rapids, Dexter and Chicago.

 

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Dexter, MI — Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will release PURE SPECULATION, their first non-sour beer packaged in 16 ounce cans on Saturday, September 29. The beer will only be available on this day at the brewery at 2319 Bishop Circle East in Dexter, Michigan. The brewery is hosting the 2018 Zwanze Day Rare Beer Festival that same day, but a ticket to the festival is not required to purchase Pure Speculation.

speculation“I don’t know the best way to categorize it,” according to Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin founder and brewer. “I could say they’re a Monkish Style or Anchorage Brewing Style but that’s not really right. We’ve done some amazing IPA collaborations with these breweries in the past but always aged them in oak because that’s just what we do. It’s a crazy full circle kind of thing, because these brewers that we inspired are now making beers so phenomenal, they’re inspiring me to brew better and create even more interesting and exciting beers.”

The beer’s malt bill includes Vienna, oat malt and flaked oats. It was triple hopped with a blend of Michigan Cascade and Chinook, as well as Amarillo, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. It’s 8.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) and comes it at 65 IBUs with aromas of ripe peach, pineapple and mango.

“I think it’s gonna taste great. This beer will definitely make you smile. It’s got a f*%k ton of hops in it for one thing. It’ll be a real mic drop. We’re pretty much bringing a “mid-coast style” to the whole east coast/west coast IPA battle. Oh, and cans. Don’t forget the cans, ‘cause they are wicked cool,” says Jeffries.

The retail price for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans is $19.99. Sales of the 4-packs begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday 9/29/18. They can be purchased either in the Dexter Artisan Ales + Kitchen Tap Room at the front of the building on Bishop Circle, or around the back at the big open bay doors. There is a 1 case limit on purchases. It will also be on draft ONLY in the Tap Room that day. It will be available on draft at all other Jolly Pumpkin Pubs on Monday 10/1/18.

 

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(Dexter, Michigan) — North Peak Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the installation and commissioning of their first canning line.

“With our Up North motto and lifestyle, canning our beer was inevitable and the time has finally come,” North Peak CEO Tony Grant explains the brewery’s decision on changing their packaging, “Cans pair with a more active lifestyle of dynamic activity and leisure, whether you are biking, kayaking, fishing, golfing, or simply relaxing watching the sunset from a hammock.” This portable, more environmentally friendly packaging lends itself to the outdoor way of life represented throughout the North Peak brand.

North Peak is launching their new packaging with Hail and Sparta cans. Last year, North Peak released rivaled beers Hail Pale Ale and Sparta IPA, because the brewery itself is divided with University of Michigan and Michigan State University alum.

Hail Pale Ale is the perfect tailgate beer. This American Pale Ale is golden in color, light-bodied and delicious. It is dripping with hoppy goodness with notes of citrus, apricot, and peach. Hail is a well-balanced beer made with maize and blue to celebrate all things Michigan.

Sparta IPA is a bold IPA with a dank, assertive hop character. Its aggressive profile of Summit, Simcoe, Citra, Cascade and Amarillo hops give this IPA the hop character to make you shout “Go Green!” Well balanced with a malt backbone, it has flavor notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach and apricot all backed with a hint of pine.

The release of these two beers in cans is sure to be the talk of the tailgate this upcoming football season. The brewery is releasing 6-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the state of Michigan.

 

Dexter City, MI— New Year, New Beer. Headed your way this month is a new style of IPA for North Peak, an East Coast IPA called Stormy.

The brewery staff boasts this beer quickly became a favorite among them. “It’s a perfect beer for the wintery stormy weather we get here in Michigan,” says Northern United Brewing Company Production Manager Sean Brennen. “The malty, oat backbone balances the assertiveness of the six hop varietals leaving you with a fresh, hazy beer we all can’t get enough of.”

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Coming in at 6.7% ABV and 35 IBU, Stormy Oat IPA is full of haziness along with dry/late hop additions to create a juicy mouth feel with citrus, piney notes unlike any other IPA. Stormy is now available in draft and North Peak’s signature stubby bottle 6-packs.

All North Peak beers are represented by a character and accompanying folklore tale (most famously Diabolical and the jackalope). Stormy is depicted by an underwater panther deep in the Great Lakes.

In the deepest depths of Lake Superior lives the most powerful being in the underwater world. The murky, dark, churning waters of its surroundings inspired our unfiltered IPA, Stormy.  A mysterious creature with a body of a wild feline, horns of a deer, a scaled back and a tail so long it wraps around its body ending with a fish tail. With a warning hiss like the sound of rushing water, the underwater panther lives as protector of the vast amounts of copper in the Great Lakes. It’s been said that anyone who tries to steal copper from the lakes has grave misfortune befall them. Strangely, the metal has been found on numerous Great Lakes shipwrecks. Perhaps a mere coincidence, but it might behoove you to carry nothing of copper aboard your ship when crossing the Great Lakes.

North Peak is part of Northern United Brewing Co. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally sustainable practices.

Find NUBC products at stores, restaurants and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin, in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor and Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit. North Peak can also be found outside of Michigan, in select markets.

 

DEXTER – Sour Beer aficionados will want to be at Null Taphouse this Saturday. Sour Beer Day, celebrated on the second Saturday of September each year, will be observed at the production home of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.

The term “sour” refers to brews that have been affected positively by bacteria that change the character of a base beer into a tart, acidic flavor. This is commonly accomplished by introducing Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, or the yeast strain Brettanomyces, often through the wood of a barrel. The intentional infection is taken into the brew by surface contact.

Jolly Pumpkin gets its unique results from naturally occurring local wild yeast introduced via air through open spontaneous fermentation. The quickest a sour is produced in their facility is two months, with some taking as long as two years to fully develop.

Master Brewer Ron Jeffries takes the individual batches of beer and blends them.

“It’s all about tasting and flavor. I keep track of the amounts so I can tell the cellar folks when they’re racking. We have electromagnetic flow meters so they can very accurately tell the amount of beer they’re racking from each tank,” said Jeffries. “As we get bigger and bigger, it’s more and more important to keep the ratios consistent with the smaller blends I create,” Jeffries said.

The latest blended creation, Ursae Majoris, had its official release last weekend, but if you’re lucky you’ll still be able to get some. It’s made of “three ages of Oud Bruin that Ron did, blended with Roja, Maracaibo, Bier de Mars, and Noel. It’s big, it’s deep, while being super balanced,” said Dan VanDuinen, General Manager.

Visitors will enjoy 25 percent off the price of all Jolly Pumpkin brews on tap by the glass, in to-go growlers, as well as bottled selections only at this location.

Jeffries said, “Every day is sour beer day, it’s what we do,” but the sale is valid only during this celebration.

Jolly Pumpkin beers, brewed entirely in the Dexter facility, can be found in more than 35 states and many countries. According to Jeffries, the 11-year-old boutique brewery produced 3500 barrels last year and will continue increasing production to meet demand.

Collaborations are in the works with several breweries and so-called gypsy brewers including another with previous collaborators Anchorage Brewing. It’s a yuzu lime Gose with Alaskan sea salt harvested locally by the brewer’s father.

7.5% ABV

Appearance: Light brown, with a very high head.
Aroma: Oaky, sour and cocoa
Taste: Leads with a sour oak front, then gives way to some cocoa flavors. Layered with a lasting sour impression. Includes some spices, cocoa and heavy orange flavors.
Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue; not too sour or sweet.

Jolly Pumpkin’s “Special Brown Ale” pours a light brown with a very high head that lingers. It leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. Its oak, sour and cocoa smells give way to the brew’s sour front, highlighted by spices, orange and cocoa flavors.

Light on the tongue, Maracaibo Especial holds little texture and is very easy to drink for a sour brew. It’s well balanced layers of flavors makes the brew both refreshing and satisfying to any sour beer lover.