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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales E.S. Bam (365 Day 256)

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales makes nothing that I would deem normal. Don’t take this as a knock on the brewery. Their beers are interesting, complex, and, of course, darn tasty. It is easily the closet American craft brewery that puts out sour after sour. Each beer has subtle nuances that, quite possibly, the same beer blended a year earlier might not have had. So trying their beers on a regular basis can be an interesting and fun experience.

E.S. Bam is a Saison, one of several the brewery puts together. Vanilla and oak were at the forefront of this wheat and hay stimulated brew. The aroma was better than the flavor but still nice. Spice hops finish the taste that has bitterness lingering. Some slight tartness that is easy to miss.

As always I am glad that Jolly Pumpkin is slow close. When do I open my next Bière De Mars. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Bière De Mars (365 Day 143)

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin bière de mars

Waiting for some of your favorite American craft beers each season can be pain staking. This is the case for me and Bière De Mars by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. It comes out each spring and I have been on the edge of my seat for a good month or two anticipating.

Last year I purchased three bottles, thinking that it would be enough to last until my next fix this year. You want to talk about gross under estimations, that took the cake. Of course I had to have a bottle as soon at I bought it, while the other two were going to be spaced out evenely to see how well it ages. The last two were gone less than a month later.

I purchased four as my 2011 stash. Why not more? On sale, they are still $13.00 a bottle. I do have a budget and according to my wife I have already spent on beer this year what is budgeted for the entire year. Go figure.

Bière De Mars has everything you would expect in perfect doses and levels. The oak it is aged in adds nice wood aroma and flavor, drying the palate subtley. There is an amount of funk that doesn’t pucker, but adds nice complexity with a bit of barn yard in there too. I could go on, as this is top 10 for me.

Now I only have to figure a way to make the last three bottles last for another 12 months. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.3

Useless Fact: In 1875, the director of the United States Patent Office sent in his resignation and advised that his department be closed. There was nothing left to invent, he claimed.

Snowshoe Red and Siren Amber Reviewed

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

new glarus brewing co. snowshoe red ale

Two beer reviews last night with one scored on a weekend trip to southern Wisconsin while the other was a gift from Rich from a recent trip to the Detroit area.

Snowshoe Red Ale by New Glarus Brewing Co. is a beer I have wanted to taste for a while as it is only released for two months: November and December, each year. As it turns out, New Glarus had some type of vote recently and Snowshoe will no longer be brewed going forward. roshe run hyp It has been retired. That said, this offering by New Glarus comes up short on a big resume of good beer. The malt is the backbone with a mild lemony, spicy hops that comes through at the end to give some semblance of balance. Aroma, taste, and mouth feel all come up a little short but, in defense of the style, that is sort of the styles motto. 6/10

Another American amber ale, Siren Amber Ale by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is released under another brewery: North Peak and is brewed up in a sister brewery in Traverse City, Michigan. Siren is just another average amber ale that doesn’t do anything special for me. I know how good Jolly Pumpkin is with their brett and oak aged beers, they need to step it up a notch on their “normal” beers. 6/10

The night wasn’t a loss but I expect so much more from both of these breweries. Nobody is going to like everything that a brewery has to offer and last night was just not my night. Enjoy!

Wednesday Is Here Again!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Another week and another beer store visit. Finding out the new American craft beer arrivals is strangely enough something that I look forward to. Like a small child awaits the trip to Target to check out the toys.

The beer store was loaded yesterday, the amount of new American craft beers seemed at a high, even without the leadership of Matt, the stores beer buyer. It isn’t often that I go up and down the aisle and lose track of the world around me as the new American craft beers on the shelves sparkle and fill my head with wonderment and thoughts of new jordan what they would taste like. Oh the possibilities.

New beer list:

Quite the stunning group. I pruchased a four pack of Backwoods Bastard, a bomber each of the following: Juliet, La Parcela, and Bourbon County Stout (2009) by Goose Island Brewery. Once I get over my cold, happy days for my beer tasting senses. Enjoy!

Lazy Late Summer Days Good For Beer

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

lazy summer day

I am the first to admit that rating and reviewing beer can be fun but I sometimes cringe at the fact of drinking a new beer, knowing that I just can’t enjoy it. Sometimes it is just good fun to pull a beer out of the fridge, stare it in the face and know that you are going to enjoy it soon, no strings attached.

Today, happens to be one of those days for me. I have been reviewing beer all weekend and it is time to take a break. The wife is gone with the kids, they will be home for a friendly get together later, free run 6 v2 femmes so why not session a few beers, catch a smooth buzz, and get ready for cookout in my own way? 🙂

Five beers into my preparation my feet are midly starting to tingle (really enjoy that feeling). I have five didn’t bombers of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in the fridge to enjoy with one of the invitees that enjoys American craft beer. My only apprehension: he doesn’t like “funky” beers. If you have ever had a beer from Jolly Pumpkin you know that they brew with wild yeast strains and usually age everything in some type of oak barrel.

I personally don’t know if Jolly Pumpkin is a great brewery, I just know they make some interesting brews that ignite my interest. How will someone that doesn’t like IPAs enjoy a funky beer? I can only guess. I hope that he goes along with the ride and doesn’t ruin the cool buzz I have to this point. Enjoy!

Jolly Pumpkin or Firestone Beer Dilema

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Firestone Brewery Union Jack India Pale Ale

Firestone Brewery Union Jack India Pale Ale

I can’t seem to get the thought of beer out of my mind. I am constantly thinking of the next beer or the next drinking get together with Rich. In either case I think about what I should drink, the possibilities, the delight. I am not up for jjust some goofy grabbing of beer from the fridge, but a careful execution of beers that, in some way, fit together to make for a pleasant evening of enjoyment.

I should be enjoying a few with Rich later this week or early next week, so the planning has begun. I usually like to have bombers (22 oz. bottles) on hand when I am drinking with someone else. free run 4.0 v2 Very easy way to share a beer and not have any left if it wasn’t up to our standards. Win-win.

I have five different brands of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Michigan) at home and two Firestone Brewery with one Ale Smith (California beer, thank you Russ).

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales seems to make all their beers in oak barrels and with wild yeast, giving each a unique and interesting flavor. Fun stuff. Firestone and Ale Smith are new to me as they are not distributed to the lovely state of Illinois.

Quite the conundrum, albeit a great one to be in. Currently I am leaning towards the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales but we will need a weekend evening to polish off those five bombers. Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Visit Calming

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Two Brothers Brewing Co. Moaten in caloboration with Urthel Brewry.  An oak aged sour Flemish style red ale.

Two Brothers Brewing Co. Moaten in caloboration with Urthel Brewry. An oak aged sour Flemish style red ale.

This Wednesday’s beer store visit wasn’t as eventful as most but was relaxing. I had a busy, hectic day to that point, so it was nice to take a 20 minute break and head over across the street. Travis was busy with paperwork so I couldn’t get my usual personal tour of the beer aisles but he did put off to the side a bottle of Two Brothers Brewing Co. Oak Aged Sour Flemish Style Red Ale in with collaboration with Urthel Brewery. I didn’t see any left on the shelf, so I appreciate him holding me one.

Since Travis was busy I took it upon myself to go up and down the beer aisles to see if air max 90 femmes anything would catch my fancy – please read that as cheap and/or on sale! 🙂 Didn’t take me long to find Lagunitas Lucky 13 in bomber format for $3.49. Damn good bargain.

I have had only one Lagunitas beer: Hop Stoopid and really enjoyed it. I have a couple more bombers in my fridge, so one more would make it three (yes, I have good math skills). So tonight’s meeting with Rich will have a Lagunitas theme.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is a brewery that has interested me since I had my first, Oro de Calabaza, with Ed a few weeks back and more recently Bam Biére. So I picked up a bottle of E.S. Bam Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, which was the most expensive purchase at $9.99. I am not in love with what they do, just very fascinated and wanting to continue trying their beers. Based on their name they truly look at brewing as an art form and their beers definitely show it.

I look forward to trying all of these in the short term. Look for the reviews to be up in the next week as I have a busy weekend that will cut into my ability to review beer. Enjoy!

Old Rasputin XII Rare Beer on this Beer Store Weekly Visit!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Quartet of Rasputin XII by North Coast Brewing Co. doing a great job of making me want a drink at 6:00am!

Quartet of Rasputin XII by North Coast Brewing Co. doing a great job of making me want a drink at 6:00am!

Beer store visits are the highlight of my week. Especially when I can score four bottles of Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Company! Albeit two of these bottles are for beer drinking buddies: Ed and Mark. That still leaves me with two. I will definitely have to share one with Rich and then cellar the second for a while.

The only drawback I can see to this beer: the price tag. air jordan 3 femmes At $21.99 per bottle it is a little steep and $100, with tax, for four is ludicrous! Of course I paid it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on my mind especially with the brewery hop this weekend that will tack onto the tab.

I didn’t even go to the liquor store to pick up the Old Rasputin XII as they hadn’t called to tell me it was in yet but just for my normal weekly visit and a chance to talk beer with Travis, the beer buyer for the store. I was on strict rules from the “boss” not to purchase anything because of this weekends’ brewery hop. Of course I had to get something, I picked up a bomber of Bam Bière by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales after enjoying a confusing Oro de Calabaza last Friday.

I look forward to trying both beers and sharing my thoughts in more beer reviews. Enjoy!

Four New Beer Reviews

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout by Boulder Beer Company.  Nice and unexpected creaminess.

Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout by Boulder Beer Company. Nice and unexpected creaminess.

Last night was a good night for tasting. I took a visit to an old friend, Ed, that I hadn’t seen a while. We talked a lot, caught up, had some grub, and then we got serious drinking and talking beer!

The first beer of the night was Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing. This is a beer that, as the name insists, has a lot of cocoa in it: both aroma and taste. Beer review for Cocoa Loco.

Beer number two was Obovoid Oak-Aged Outmeal Stout from Boulder Brewing. air jordan 12 Obovoid has plenty of roasted malt, oatmeal, and chocolate. There was a creaminess to the beer that was unexpected but was placed. A really good beer that Ed and I both enjoyed. Beer review for Obovoid.

Furious by Surly Brewing Company in Brookly Center, MN should be hung on a wall as a fine work of art.  Yes, it is that good!

Furious by Surly Brewing Company in Brookly Center, MN should be hung on a wall as a fine work of art. Yes, it is that good!

Third beer to the plate was Furious from Surly Brewing. Words are hard in describing this beer but everything you may have heard about is true: even more so in my opinion. 99 IBUs of hop goodness that are well balanced throughout. Hop lovers web dream! Beer review for Furius.

The final and cleanup hitter of the night was Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Unfortunately our “gusher” leaked all but six ounces out of the 24 ounce bottle. The little taste we were afforded was definitely different, complex, and something that I want to experience again. The whole wild yeast bottle fermenting is interesting. Jolly Pumpkin makes an entire line of beers out of their Dexter, MI brewery that run along these lines. Beer review for Oro de Calabaza.

Oro de Calabaza by Jolly Pumpin Artisan Ales in Dexter, MI uses wild yeast bottle conditionig to give a unique aroma and taste.

Oro de Calabaza by Jolly Pumpin Artisan Ales in Dexter, MI uses wild yeast bottle conditionig to give a unique aroma and taste.

I want to thank Ed and his wife for opening their home to me, air jordan 13 treating me to dinner, and sharing some beer after a two year hiatus. Next time let’s get together at my house and I can reciprocate.

Time to wrap this up, purchase some minnows, and take the little ones down to the river for some small mouth fishing. I just have to make sure to control myself and not try to out fish them 🙂


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