Brewery - Dexter

Phone: (734) 426-4962

Brewpub - Ann Arbor

Phone: (734) 913-2730

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is a brewer in Dexter, run by Ron Jeffries, Laurie Jeffries, and Sean Brennan.


Like a quaint old English pub gone shabby chic, the inside of the café is a mixture of old, new and regrettable. Dark-stained wooden wainscot lines the lower walls, while a variegated amber-yellow paint scheme coats the upper walls, where beer barrels and photos of Jeffries with his pals hang above the tables. Vintage lamps drop from the beams. Cloth napkins lay on the tables. And amid all this stylish elegance are three odd chandelier-like fixtures whereupon mixed kitchen apparatus dangle up high. A smaller, more intimate upstairs area seems well-suited for casual drinking with friends. Local university students look comfortable but bearded philosophers would not appear out of place. The soundtrack is mellow rock.

The Jolly Pumpkin Cafe will open within the next two months at 311 S. Main in the location of the former Pepperz, brewer and owner Ron Jeffries said.

Since he broke ground for his Dexter brewery — an inconspicuous building just off of the town’s quaint Main Street — Jolly Pumpkin has established a brewing repertoire of four regular and 12 seasonal small-craft ales. It’s won multiple best-in-show awards, including a Grand Champion title at the Beer Tasting Championships and medals at the Great American Beer Festival (or what Ron Jeffries refers to as “the Olympics of beer”). Today, Jolly Pumpkin is sold all over Michigan and in more than twenty other states.