January 30, 2023

Jolly Pumpkin’s iO Saison

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | Jan. 14, 2023

If you want to experience the most creative, interesting, and all-around best beers that a brewery has to offer, you’ll often find those on the rotating seasonal release calendar. Such is the case, we think, with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, whose recent seasonal beers have all been home runs. We were big fans of Noel, Jolly Pumpkin’s robust and flavorful holiday ale, and of Madrugada Obscura, the dark-as-night sour stout they rolled out in December. But it’s January now, and we can’t get enough of the latest Jolly Pumpkin offering: the iO Saison. Named after the Jupiter moon, iO is brewed with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus flowers, which impart tart, floral flavors and a gorgeous rosy-red hue to the beer. Jolly Pumpkin calls it “a beautiful piece of art presented in a glass,” and we’re inclined to agree. Give it a taste before the January/February availability window lapses. Available at Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Brewery, 13512 Peninsula Dr. in Traverse City. traversecity.jollypumpkin.com, (231) 223-4333

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