Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales | Dexter, Michigan
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Excellent based on 24 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

3115 Broad St. Suite A
Dexter, Michigan United States 48130 [ print map ]
734 426 4962

jollypumpkin.com

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Beer Available At Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (arranged by most recent)
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire 93, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere 97, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja 99, Jolly Pumpkin Saison Y 92, Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire) 98, Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palena íOle 99
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24 reviews for Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  89%
 Selection  70%
 Food  60%
 Value  82%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  90%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw  (11) Chicago, Illinois | October 24, 2008
A small, seemingly low budget operation. Youíll drive by it the first time. If youíre a fan of this great brewery, itís a treat to visit, Fridays only, as youíre likely the be greeted by one of the family. Youíll meet nice people who will talk to you at length, have access to one or two beers which may not be available outside of Michigan, possibly a taste of a keg beer or two, and be able to score a cool pumpkin hat. Close to Ann Arbor.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor  (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 6, 2005| Updated July 20, 2005
Loved it. Very quaint place and somewhat obscure. Ron stayed open for me and my family to arrive since we were running way late, and then he gave us a tour of the place. Wonderful facility - really cool to see all of the oak barrels there, and you can tell how much care and attention goes into creating these farmhouse ales. Bottles were $2 cheaper here than they are in the stores, and I was able to grab a cool Jolly Pumpkin shirt. I will routinely make visits at every opportunity I can.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
TAR  (27) Lafayette, Colorado | February 22, 2005
Ron Jeffries, former brewer at Grizzly Peak, has dabbled with virtually every style of beer, which is how he has gained such a vast understanding of beer, which has also helped him establish his own uniquely artistic identity in the beer world. Upon visiting the brewery, youíre greeted by various-sized oaken barrels, some of which are simply toasted, and others once contained bourbon. He also has an open fermenter. I should mention that Ron is a very hospitable person and especially appreciative of those who support his craft. JP will continue to impress with each passing day IMO, particularly since Ron has noted that lactobacillus and brettanomyces have assumed residence in various barrels at the brewery. Land of sour beer, here we come!! No tasting room...yet, but Ronís aiming at obtaining an on-premise tasting license. Bring lots of cash (checks will work, too, and maybe CCís in the future) and a large car to stock the cases of 750ís youíll be bringing back. Also be on the lookout for the cafe in the coming months.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9  (24) Kettering, Ohio | January 11, 2007
This place is tough to find. We pretty much drove through dexter and decided to just stop and start asking people. We ended up just being on the wrong side of the building at one point. When you walk in you can immediately smell the wood and fermenting beer. We saw a couple people hard at work working the bottling machine. Very small production but i found out they still have time and room to do a few contract brews. Rons wife poured us samples of 3 or 4 beers and all excellent as expected. Cool place and got some fuego, persequidor, nad luciernaga gr.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy  (86) Columbus, Ohio | December 20, 2006
Visited on 12/13/06: Stopped in even though I donít think they were officially open. Ron seemed quite busy with the bottling they were doing. But his wife took some time to chat with us, and pour us a few samples. Not to mention they still had a few bottles of Luciernaga Grand Reserve sitting there to be bought up. Really enjoyed the stop, it was the first time I had seen a smaller brewery like that. Pretty cool stuff.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale  (129) Astoria, New York | March 29, 2005
If you are ever in the area of Dexter, you have to stop by Jolly Pumpkin. I stopped by on a day they were closed and managed to still pick up some beers. This place is just a brewery, so not food is available. The place is spotless. The Maracaibo Especial is only available at the brewery for now and the Luciernaga is long sold out. Remember to pick up some GABF Gold meadl winning Oro de Calabaza. Ron is a great guy and a pleasure to talk to.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
jeffmw  (14) | July 17, 2009
Ron Jeffries was nice enough to give us a private tour of the brewery. He showed us around -- the place is mostly full of barrels since they barrel-age everything. At the end, we got a taste of the Bam Weiss. They had all the basic JP stuff to purchase at great prices, but we also were able to score several bottles of the Biere de Mars Grand Reserve, both aged 16 mo. and 27 mo. Great stop on the trip. Too bad we were there only a few months before his pub is opening.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
KPD  (171) Michigan | July 3, 2012| Updated June 29, 2013
Ron Jeffries is the funk master, he was doing sour beers before it was cool. Heís one of the best brewers in the US IMO. Having had his beers before he went to the funk (Grizzley peak,Bonfire) it is clear this guy can brew any beer he wants. Iíve toured the facility a half dozen times. Starting from the early days. If you are coming through stop in if not go to the pub in Ann Arbor , In my mind Ron is a brewing God.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus  (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 5, 2006
I visited the brewery 7/1. Ron and his wife were on hand doing some things around the brewery. Very small place but look at all those oak barrels-nice sight for shure! Had the stout which is only available at the brewery along with a new batch of the laRoja grand reserve. Ron and his wife were very friendly and helped me plan the rest of my trip through MI. Thanks for the hospitality!
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG  (36) Salt Lake City, Utah | December 20, 2005
Very small, very quaint, very hard to find. Had to make several calls to actually find the place. Walk in the door, and youíre basically in the middle of the brewery. Both the head and assistant brewers were there, basically hanging out. Both extremely nice and extremely knowledgable. Showed us around what little there was to see (itís a small place!). As has been said, very clean. I was amazed as their distribution, given their small size. I was able to get their autumn seasonal in bottles, otherwise the stores around michigan probably are better places to buy their stuff.

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