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.
KPD (244) 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.
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.
TAR (34) Blue Ridge Mountains , North Carolina | 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, you’re 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 Ron’s aiming at obtaining an on-premise tasting license. Bring lots of cash (checks will work, too, and maybe CC’s in the future) and a large car to stock the cases of 750’s you’ll be bringing back. Also be on the lookout for the cafe in the coming months.
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.
Visited on 12/13/06: Stopped in even though I don’t 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.
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.
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.
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!
Very small, very quaint, very hard to find. Had to make several calls to actually find the place. Walk in the door, and you’re 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 (it’s 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.