Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the release of Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos, a Sour Fruit Saison brewed in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon).
The inspiration to create Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos came after the masterminds at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Gigantic Brewing Company had a little meeting in Hawaii last summer. After that meeting, Ron Jefferies – Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin – headed out to Gigantic Brewing’s facility in Portland to develop a recipe and brew a beer. “That beer, Gigantic’s side of the collaboration, is still resting on oak”, but Ron flew back to Michigan to “brew the same recipe with the Jolly Pumpkin funk.”
Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos is a “hoppy, lime saison” that rocks a foundation built upon “aromas of lime, unripe pear, and the classic pineapple tinted notes of Jolly Pumpkin funk.” Dosed with “Cascade, Chinook, and Jarrylo hops, as well as Lime Peel,” Phuket then takes on “flavors of citrus, pine, and white grape that linger quietly before finishing slightly bitter with mild tartness.” To mix things up a bit, jasmine rice and palm sugar was incorporated into the mash to keep the mouthfeel “light, lively, and quite dry.” Finally, Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos received its finishing touches as it was left to rest on oak for 8 months.
Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos is making its way into the Jolly Pumpkin network now, and will be around while supplies last. This limited release offering will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Gigantic Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Collaboration, launching late-July/early-August 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Malts/Grains – Pilsner Malt, Aromatic Malt, & Jasmine Rice
Hops – Michigan Chinook, Michigan Cascade, & Dry Hopped with Jarrylo
Added Ingredients – Lime Peel & Palm Sugar
Treatment – Aged in oak for 8 months
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft