F.A.Q.

WHY IS YOUR Beer SOUR?

Because we like it that way! We use traditional the Belgian brewing methods of open fermentation, oak aging and bottle conditioning allowing the influence of wild yeast and bacteria to work their way into our beers. Through time and blending we are able to provide a path for the beer to take, leading to more complex depths of flavor. 

THIS Beer IS DATED, xx/xx/xxxx, IS IT STILL OKAY TO DRINK?

Yes! Jolly Pumpkin's Artisan Ales are wood aged from any where between 4 weeks to 2 years or more before even being bottled. When they are packaged we condition the bottles with a little more yeast and sugar to naturally carbonate the beer. Generally, this only takes 3 - 5 weeks to reach the carbonation levels we desire. But the beers continue to condition until they reach your lips. It is a living thing! As time passes the beer continues to grow and develop in the bottle. Generally, the older the beer the more sour it becomes, but it remains totally safe to drink.

I JUST OPENED A BOTTLE OF JOLLY PUMPKIN AND IT BEGAN FOAMING OUT OF THE BOTTLE. WHY?

Our beers are all naturally bottle conditioned, meaning they have live yeast creating CO2 in the bottle. Jolly Pumpkin ales that have been aging for a while (especially if not kept below 55 degrees) will continue to create CO2 until opened. To avoid this, we recommend chilling Jolly Pumpkin beers for 24 hours prior to opening, to allow the yeast to settle. 

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR Beer?

Click here for our distributor list. You can always find Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales at our pub locations in Dexter, Ann Arbor, DetroitTraverse City, & Chicago (coming soon).

DO ALL OF YOUR Beers HAVE PUMPKIN IN THEM?

No, it is just a name. We do however, have a fall seasonal pumpkin beer, La Parcela.

WHO CREATES YOUR LABELS?

Artist Extraordinaire Adam Forman. Check out his website here or follow him on instagram.

ARE YOUR Beers VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN?

All Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales are both vegetarian and vegan friendly. 

ARE YOUR Beers GLUTEN FREE?

No, all of Jolly Pumpkin's Artisan Ales contain gluten.