Food & Drink: Drinking local with Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga
Michigan is to be reckoned with when it comes to great beer. The state currently houses more than 100 breweries from Detroit to Houghton offering a full breadth of quality ales and lagers.
Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Origin: Dexter, Mich.
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 6.5 percent
Glassware: Snifter, tulip, or oversized wine Glass
Industry expansion continues as craft beer values strategically align with national trends of buying “local”. Don’t be lured into thinking the farther a pint travels to our table the better the experience — this could not be further from the truth when it comes to Michigan beer.
Artisan, by definition, is a skilled worker who practices a trade or craft. This was a concept heavily relied upon prior to the industrial revolution. The word itself conjures images of gnomes working diligently by candle light to master a craft only perfected by endless tinkering.
Jolly Pumpkin Brewery has embraced the artisan aura with its reserve of craft beers. Founded in 2004 and located just down the road in Dexter, Jolly Pumpkin is an authority in artisan ales. The brewery touts an award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers that have gained notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world.
As we move toward fall, a Belgian IPA is good crossover style to cooler weather. "Luciernaga," which loosely translates to firefly, is a good place to start. The hypnotic label will temp the most hardened beer advocate but the oak aged elixir that lies within is where the experience really begins. Cheers.