After opening week snark and last week's tongue-in-cheek pick of a damn soft drink, we're back to normal service for the weekly beer selection. There's a lot of good breweries in Michigan, a number of which are well worth a drive if you're in region. One of the more unique and celebrated standouts, though, is actually located in Ann Arbor. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, a short hop down main street from the Big House, is simply one of the best purveyors of rustic-style beers in the country. Their signature Oro de Calabaza wild ale is this week's beer-o-the-week.
Note: this is not a beer for getting ripped. We're talking serious flavors here for mature palates. I can't even imagine someone wanting to pound a bottle of this, and, at 8% abv, it'd hurt. No, this is for the more mellow tailgate; contemplative and retrospective. The kind that the wine and cheese elites at the UofM would appreciate. In fact, pair with cheese. Go ahead, get some damn cheese, already!
For those in Boulder, far from the action on Saturday, Liquormart and Hazel's both offer it in handy 350ml size. Purchase, consume, enjoy. Responsibly, of course.
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Wolverines!