Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is located in Dexter, Michigan, our home state! Jolly Pumpkin is dedicated to more than the traditions of old world craftsmanship. Everything they do is designed to create ales of outstanding art and flavor. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers brought to life through labor and love, they strive to create beers to lighten the spirit, and soothe the soul.
The Calabaza Blanca is an artisan white ale brewed with spices. It's crafted in the tradition of classic Belgian white beers and delivers aromas of orange peel and coriander with a refreshingly tart finish. $11.25/750ml
Crooked Stave Artisan Ale is located right here in Denver, Colorado and crafts elegant beers using Brettanomyces yeast. Brettanomyces, or "Brett", imparts a unique tart and citrusy flavor to the brewing process.
Crooked Stave's 'Surette' is an old-world-style Saison brewed with traditional harvest grains and noble hops. Each batch release is a diverse blend of Surette casks that have taken on an aged vinous character. Dominated by citrusy ripe fruits, a mild spice, and earthy undertones, Surette's character exemplifies the mixed culture of Brettonomyces and Lactic Acid Bacteria. Slightly tart, this artisan ale is perfect for Summer! It pairs well with curried chicken, aged cheddar, gorgonzola, and fish. $6.99/375ml.
Another 100 points from Rate Beer for Great Divide's Chocolate Yeti!
This Denver-based craft brewery is a home town favorite and brews some extraordinary beers. The Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is an Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs to contribute a bit of pleasing bitterness. Vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne pepper keeps things lively, adding just a touch of heat to the finish. 9.5% ABV $9.99/22 oz.
If you've never tasted a true sour ale, you should start here!
Crisp and dry, this sour ale is aged in French oak casks for 1 - 3 years and emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.
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$17.99 22 oz. bottle