happened to be in the area. bought some of their product at Ann Arborís 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, canít wait to go back soon and buy more.
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.
hopscotch (285) Vero Beach, Florida | December 23, 2006| Updated May 23, 2007
Extremely quaint! Think Alesmith, then multiply by 70% or Floydís and multiply by 40%. Iíve never experienced a brewery like this one. Hard to find, but so worth it. Walked in and BAM!, the first thing to hit me was the absence of all the usual steel and copper. Havenít seen this much wood since accidentally renting gay porn in 1996. Very impressive and unique. Ronís wife could not have been more accommodating to MI2CA and me. We sampled everything, including a taste of their "One Hopped Up Bug." Thoroughly enjoyed myself and picked up a couple bottles of Firefly Grande Reserve and Perseguidor.
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.
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!
Not exactly the easiest place to find probably because of itís nondescript signage. Itís around 25 minutes from Ann Arbor city centre and worth the trip to pick up some of their special releases. I bought some Madrugada Obsucra and a t-shirt. They also had their five regulars available for a couple of bucks cheaper than retail. Ron was around so we chatted for a little bit. If Iím ever in the area again Iíll likely stop by just to see whatís up!
Iíve visited the brewery a few times and am not sure itís fair to rate it, as there is as of yet no brewpub, no food, and a generally small selection of beers, considering the breweryís young age. That said, Iíve always been met with extremely friendly, helpful service. Ron and Co. are always willing to hand-label newly bottled beers that arenít yet ready for distribution. Hard-to-find but fitting location in the quaint but appealing small town of Dexter, Michigan, soon to be swallowed as a suburb of Ann Arbor, unfortunately. I canít wait to visit once the brewpub is open. Good people and good beer makes a trip worthwile.
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.
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.
Small brewery. No tasting on premises. The owner is cordial and friendly. Only had 4 beers available out of his stable of 6 brews. I guess the other 2 are seasonals. Buying the beers at the brewery will save you $1-2 over liquor stores and if you are in Ann Arbor, it is a short and pretty drive. Brewery is immaculately clean.
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.