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New Beer Blog Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Calabaza Blanca White Ale


Opening a tab, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is the brewery that is being featured in this blog.  The beer is Calabaza Blanca White Ale.  Jolly Pumpkin was founded in Dexter, Michigan in 2004 by Ron Jeffries.  They have a brewery which is located in Dexter and two pubs in Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan.  They brew several different beer styles, however, they are best known for their sour ales.  They are also known to age their beers in wine or oak barrels.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a cloudy yellow strew color with a constant white head on the beer. The smell of this light body has a chai tea along with other species. The taste is like Chai Tea without the hot cinnamon to it. There is no aftertaste to the beer. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Calabaza Blanca, an artisan white ale brewed in Belgium’s biere blanche tradition.   Spiced with orange peel and coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish.  A year round favorite for sure!

Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers and Mahalo plenty!

Here is a description from the website (

Calabaza Blanca– Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche. Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish.

Year round production 4.8% Alc./Vol. 750ml bottles – 12 case

Here is their website and twitter addresses:


Twitter:  @jollypumpkin

Closing out tab, this is one of my first beers from Jolly Pumpkin on this blog.  I have heard several things about this brewery when I lived in Michigan and now in the Chicago market.  This is the first beer from this brewery that is not my favorite beer style.    I have to say I was pretty stun on how it came out.  I was pretty interested in a brewery that ages all their beers in barrels.  I would not say this is not favorite beer but I will put this in the middle of the pack if I had to choose from beers at a bar or a store.  I will pick this beer.  I will give this beer a look at the liquor store when picking beer for the weekend.  It has a nice refreshing and easy drinkable taste.  I highly recommend you trying this beer that is coming from a guy that does not like wheat ales.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill DJ Weiser


Twitter:  @djweiser