Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly LLC
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Headquarters2319 E Bishop Circle Dexter, Michigan, USA
OwnerRon Jeffries
ParentNorthern United Brewing Company

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is a brewery in Dexter, Michigan by Ron and Laurie Jeffries in 2004. Jolly Pumpkin produces a variety of unfiltered and unpasteurized "rustic country" beers.


All Jolly Pumpkin beers are aged in oak. Including wine barrels, former bourbon barrels, and large foudres. The wood contains naturally occurring microbiological cultures including brettanomyces. These cultures produce a complex flavor profile in their beers, which includes flavors described as leathery, earthy, wild, funky, or even "sweaty horse hair character",[1] and which may approximate how some beer tasted before the advent of pasteurization and industrialization. This style of beer has been described as "farmhouse ale" or American wild ale. These beers can age anywhere between 3-18 months to develop unique flavors and characteristics.


Their Oro de Calabaza won the 2004 Gold and the 2005 Bronze Medal in the Belgian- and French-style ale category at the Great American Beer Festival.[2] Their Bam Bière won the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and was named the 21st best beer in America by Men's Journal.[3]


Year-round beers[edit]

  • Oro de Calabaza ("Pumpkin gold") (8% abv), described as a Franco-Belgian-style strong golden ale.
  • La Roja (7.2% abv), a Flanders red ale.[4]
  • Bam Bière (4.5% abv), described as a light farmhouse ale or saison.
  • Calabaza Blanca ("White pumpkin") (4.8% abv), a Witbier.
  • Bam Noire, a dark farmhouse with flavors reminiscent of dark plums and burnt sugar.

Seasonal beers[edit]

Seasonal beers include:

  • Madrugada Obscura ("Dark Dawn") (8.1% abv), released in January, described as a Belgian-style stout.
  • Bière de Mars ("March Beer") (7% abv), released in March, a Bière de Garde.
  • E.S. Bam, released in April. A "hoppy" Farmhouse, hoppy to higher levels than regular Bam Biere.
  • Luciernaga ("Firefly") (6.5% abv), released in June, described as a spiced Belgian pale ale in the Grand Cru tradition.
  • Weizen Bam, a hefeweizen which is released in summer.
  • La Parcela, "No. 1 Pumpkin Ale", a Belgian inspired fruit beer released in mid-October. Brewed with roasted pumpkin and spices.
  • Fuego del Otono ("Autumnal fire") (6.1% abv), released in October, a Bière de Garde.
  • Maracaibo Especial (7.5% abv), released in November, an Oud bruin, or Belgian-style brown ale.
  • Noel de Calabaza ("Christmas pumpkin") (9% abv), released in December, a holiday beer.

Special releases[edit]

Their occasionally available Grand Reserve beers, each of which is hand-blended from mature, barrel-aged batches, include:

  • La Roja Grand Reserve: this beer is often a blend of older batches of La Roja that have been aged additionally in bourbon or wine barrels. There have been four releases.
    • First release: aged 12 months. The only oval Label 12oz bottle came with a white neck label in black print.
    • Second release: aged 18 months. Square Label 12oz bottle with a gold neck label with black writing.
    • Third release: aged 24. Square Label 12oz bottle with black foil covering the cap and neck, with a gold neck label in black print over the black foil.
    • Fourth release: aged 32 months. Square Label 12oz bottle with a gold neck label that stated the age.
  • La Roja Krieked: A version of this beer aged with cherries was offered at the 2008 Michigan Brewers Guild Festival.
  • Bière De Mars Grand Reserve: There have been two releases of this beer. The first was aged 14 months in bourbon barrels. The second batch (#65) was aged for 27 months in bourbon barrels.
  • Luciérnaga Grand Reserve: There have been two releases of this beer. The first was aged for 14 months in bourbon barrels and released in 2004.
  • Oro De Calabaza Grand Reserve: this is known as Perseguidor Batch 2.
  • Madrugada Obscura Grand Reserve: This was barrel-aged for 18 months. It was offered only on draft at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest in July 2007 and was a special tap at the 2008 Michigan Brewers Guild Festival.
  • Perseguidor ("Pursuer"): A limited-release, custom-blended ale which is oak-aged an additional six months before release. There have been five releases.
    • Batch 1 (7.2% abv): A blend of Bam Biere and La Roja[5] This batch was offered at the 2006 Michigan Brewers Guild Festival and released during the fall of 2006 in 750mL and 12oz Bottles printed with a matte paper label.
    • Batch 2 (8% abv): Also known as "Oro de Calabaza Reserve," this batch was a blend of Oro de Calabaza and Bam Biere.[6] This batch was only offered on draft at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest in July 2007.
    • Batch 3 (abv unknown): This was offered at the 2008 Michigan Brewers Guild Festival and released in 750mL Bottles in early August 2008.[7]
    • Batch 4: released January 2009. A blend of 3-year-old La Roja, 3-year-old Madrugada Obscura and 1-year-old Noel de Calabaza. Conditioned for 6 months in 12-ounce bottles.[8]
    • Batch 5: released January 17, 2010. A blend of La Roja Grand Reserve, Luciernaga Grand Reserve, and Bam Biere Grand Reserve. Blend was aged on oak for 6 months and then bottle-conditioned for 6 months. Packaged in 12-ounce bottles. 480 bottles were produced.[9][10][11]
  • Lambicus Dexterius, a lambic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Produces the classic sweaty horse hair character indigenous to beers of this region; gueuze, lambics, sour browns."
  2. ^ | 404[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Our Family of Beers". Archived from the original on 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  4. ^ Archived 2008-01-13 at the Wayback Machine Beer Talk: La Roja Artisan Ale
  5. ^ "Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor (Batch 1)". RateBeer.
  6. ^ "Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor (Batch 2)". RateBeer.
  7. ^ "Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor (Batch 3)". RateBeer.
  8. ^ Nason, Adam (16 December 2008). "Jolly Pumpkin releases P4 on Jan. 2nd". BeerPulse.
  9. ^ Baetens, Melody (7 January 2010). "Beer events and wine tastings rev up in state". The Detroit News. p. M.15.
  10. ^ Nason, Adam (7 January 2010). "Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor 5 to be released on Sunday, Jan. 17th". BeerPulse.
  11. ^ Bardallis, David (17 January 2010). "Line stretches down Main Street for Jolly Pumpkin beer release". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

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