The Miami Malt Bomb

Based in Dexter, Michigan, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is one of those breweries that, in my mind, deserves a little more of a write-up than one or two lines. This is one of the more experimental breweries in America – its beers are brewed with many non-standard oddball ingredients. Also, while wild yeasts of the genus Brettanomyces are the bane of wineries everywhere, and plenty of breweries as well, due to their proclivity to dig in, multiply and infect all the beer or wine you produce, Jolly Pumpkin welcomes these critters into its brewery with open arms. Jolly Pumpkin wouldn’t BE Jolly Pumpkin without Brettanomyces – its funky, leathery, barnyard-like presence informs every single JP beer I’ve ever tasted. These crazy brewers, led by a mad brewing visionary by the name of Ron Jeffries, far from controlling their fermentation process in air-locked brewing vessels, instead opt for “open fermentation,” allowing…

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