Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

By Brewers Association

Finally, a Pumpkin for Jolly Pumpkin

The longstanding irony that Jolly Pumpkin doesn’t have a pumpkin beer in their repertoire ends this fall with the release of La Parcela No. 1.  Parcela, meaning plot of land in Spanish, is brewed with pumpkin, spices and a hint of cacao.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, founded in 2004 by Ron Jeffries, has proven to be quite the brewing powerhouse.  Hailing from the small town of Dexter, Michigan (population 3,000) and oak barrel-aging 100 percent of their beers might have originally seemed like hindrance in the expansion department, but, it has only served to strengthen their creativity and made their beers sought out by craft beer fans across the country.

Every bottle of Jolly Pumpkin is not only stamped with a batch number, but also a barrel number.  This almost personifies their creations to the point that you can follow a barrel and the beers that are aged in it.  Or, allows you to taste tiny nuances that a certain barrel imparts on your favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer.

Recent Jolly Pumpkin Accolades

  • Jolly Pumpkin’s Belipago, a gluten free IPA, took home the 2010 Great American Beer Festival gold medal in the Specialty Beer category. For this beer, Jeffries replaced the barley and wheat with a blend of sorghum, agave and chestnuts.
  • In a recent New York Times blind taste test of 20 Belgian-style ales from all over the world, Jolly Pumpkin’s Oro de Calabaza (gold pumpkin) was given the highest rating.  Read the complete article.
  • Oro de Calabaza was also named one of the “25 Best Beers in the World” in the October issue of Mens Journal.

Inspired Artwork for Inspired Ales

Before Jolly Pumpkin, while Jeffries was brewing for Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor he met and approached tattoo artist Adam Forman, who was then working at a studio down the street, to commission labels for his new project. The highly detailed and beautiful labels we see from Jolly Pumpkin are the collaborative effort between art and ale. Forman now finds himself in L.A. working at the famous High Voltage Tattoo owned by Kat Von D.—check out his High Voltage bio.

Ever wonder about the adorable dog on a few of the Jolly Pumpkin labels?  That would be Bam a family pet who proved to be quite the escape artist.  As his antics continued, he inspired Bam Biere and Weizen Bam.

Check out this interview with Ron Jeffries in the Video section.
Visit Jolly Pumpkin’s website to learn more about their offerings.

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