Thursday, August 23, 2018

Jolly Pumpkin Best Lei'd Plans - Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3 in the series
Jolly Pumpkin Best Lei'd Plans....$12.99 / 750ml
Sour Dry Hopped Fruit Ale with Big Island Brewhaus
ABV: 6.9%
TIME IN OAK: 7 Months
HOPS: Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Halltertaur Blanc, &Centennial
GRAINS: Pilsner Malt, Vienna Malt, Oat Malt, Flaked Barley, Acidulated Malt, Munich 10, & Wheat Malt
This sour dry hopped fruited ale is a blend of two beers we brewed with our friend Tom, from Big Island Brewhaus. We blended 25% of Best Lei’d with 75% of Plans and ended up with what we are calling, Best Lei’d Plans. Combining the cherry and grapefruit elements of one beer with the dry hopping regimen of the other. Leaving you with a tantalizing hop bouquet. Erupting with flavors of sweet lemony citrus, juicy grapefruit, Jolly Pumpkin funk, and hints of cherry skin. 

Later, Laurie and I are on island again. We’ll pour beer over on Maui for the Maui Brewers Fest, but also, finally, we brew with Tom and his team! I drive up the night before for a beer, to go over details, and finalize the recipe… and Tom tells me.
“Oh, about that. The container didn’t arrive. (All of the malts and hops we planned on using.) But we have the fruit!!!”
So, we improvised, as all good brewers do… And of course, borrowed a name… As all good brewers do...
Back in Dexter, we brewed three versions and blended a fourth. We even gave them the same names. Try to keep up with all that!
Cheers & Mahalo plenty!
Ron Jeffries, Founder and Chief Squeegee Operator

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