KPD (254) Michigan | July 31, 2014| Updated October 24, 2014
Get this on your to do list. They moved the brewery to a new facility where they had no retail space, just a production facility. In the fall of 2014 they opened a tap room under a new name- nl (null) taphouse, it’s in the industrial park ala Three Floyd’s. They have the Funkmaster’s beers, also North Peak as well as Michigan based wine and spiirits. Major drinking destination. I highly recommend it.
Ron Jeffries was doing sour beers before it was cool. He’s 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.
Visited last spring (’09) with some other beer loving friends.
We quickly found out that this is not a place to go for a visit they just expect you to love them, buy their ales and leave. Sales counter dude did not seem anything about the beers.
We were there during the posted visiting hours and hoping the brewer would be wiling to chat a bit about his ales and the brewing process. Brewer talked a bit about his casks, but seemed very cold.
Still trying to like sour ales, but this visit did not do anything to help warm me to them.
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.
Took a mini road trip from Novi to Dexter(about a half hour hike) to check out where the majesty that is Jolly Pumpkin is made. I went with my friend Meredith(MereLikesBeer) The fact is this place is a little hard to find, and we were fortunate to arrive during some pretty major construction going on, which made it extra tough. But we made it, and Ron, and the Sales guy(I forget his name) were very nice, and were very eager to inform us of the process, ingredients, etc that goes into making their magical beer. The place smelled awesome, and also looked pretty cool, with stacks of big oak barrels taking up most of the real estate. I will definitely be back for more great beer. Cheers!
A small, seemingly low budget operation. You’ll drive by it the first time. If you’re a fan of this great brewery, it’s a treat to visit, Fridays only, as you’re likely the be greeted by one of the family. You’ll 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.
Dropped by here for the 8/1/08 Perseguidor release. The brewery’s across the street from a shady tree, white picket fence lined neigborhood that looks like a Rockwell painting. Pretty typical small town brewery with one very notable exception wooden barrels everywhere. The owners are very cool people, and Ron is the most unassuming brewer that i’ve met. Awesome brewers, awesome people.
Jolly Pumpkin Rules. I wished I had gotten to the brewery, but it was just nice to see the hallowed grounds. It was cool to see pallets of beer labeled for delivery to places across the world (Denmark, Portland, etc.). Nice to have fresh Bam Biere on tap at the brewery. Decent, but not particularly accessible.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | November 4, 2007| Updated March 9, 2010
Really what you have is a counter with a register and a refrigerator with JP beer at the front of the brewery. The brewery seemed spotless and organized. The brewers were happy to talk shop and welcoming. Not sure if they have more to offer since I was there.
happened to be in the area. bought some of their product at Ann Arbor’s bello vino, great grocery/beer/wine store. found out they were in dexter. went with my local (dexter, mi) tour guides to find the brewery and still ended up driving around the block several times. definately small, but big time customer attention. the two of us walked in and were able to talk beer for a good while. top notch customer service. greatly enjoyed the bottles we picked up, can’t wait to go back soon and buy more.