Dexter, Michigan-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales has opened a new cafe and brewery in East Lansing, Michigan, the company’s ninth location. Uinta Brewing’s new pub at Salt Lake City International Airport marks its first offsite expansion since opening in 1993. Brooklyn, New York-headquartered Other Half Brewing opened its third brewery and taproom in Washington, D.C., last week.
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2319 Bishop Circle E
Dexter, Michigan 48130 United States
What’s in a name anyway?
My favorite comment made upon hearing our moniker, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales was:
“You really ought to think about hiring one of those marketing companies. They can come up with names for you and everything. Is it too late to change?”
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Seems people either love it or don’t understand it.
People always ask about the name, asking “where did it come from?” I usually just put a finger to my temple, smile, and sanguinely state “I have a very strange brain.”
And then I tell this story:
The name bubbled forth years ago on a warm spring afternoon. It was one of those rare sunny March Michigan days, the kind that seems much warmer than March really has any right to be. Small piles of snow still dotted the yard as my wife and I sat on the patio in our shirtsleeves. Sipping beers and enjoying the sun on our faces after the long dark, cold Michigan winter. After firming up our business plan for months, the dream had finally evolved enough to need a name. So we sat, pen and paper in hand, brainstorming, smiling and laughing.
Many great names came forth that afternoon, but as the weeks passed, and spring finally sprung, the name that always made us smile was Jolly Pumpkin. It encompassed everything we wanted to express about our brewery. Fun and quirky, all that needed adding were the last two words; “Artisan Ales”, the description of the brewery’s products and mission; The creation of fantastic beers of truly outstanding artisan quality. Maintaining traditional small scale production, keeping beer a beverage of both outstanding complexity and simplicity, this would be our laudable goal. Complexity of flavor, simplicity of ingredient and process. This duality was perfectly balanced in the name. Simple and complex. Complex yet simple.
To our delight with our wonderful new found name we were able to combine some very fun and exciting images:
Everyone’s favorite holiday; Halloween (Who doesn’t enjoy the grinning Jack O’ Lantern?)
Everyone’s favorite Halloween costume; the pirate!
Some of my favorite locations; the tropics!
And my two nicknames: Brewmaster Spooky, and Captain Ron
And hence was born the strange name by the brewer with the dedication to rustic country beers!
With much aloha from my family to yours,
Captain Spooky Ron J
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is excited to announce the release of two collaboration brews with North Peak Brewing Company, Habitante Espíritu and El Monstruo del Norte.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is excited to announce the launch of “All The Trees,” its fourth non-sour collective release.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is known for creating truly unique all-sour, oak-aged beers but last year the brewery did something that really shocked the beer world by releasing two non-sour IPA’s. These beers were kept to a pub-only release.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will release PURE SPECULATION, their first non-sour beer packaged in 16 ounce cans on Saturday, September 29.
Following the signing of a law allowing Illinois breweries to immediately begin selling beer and cider from outside beer companies in their taprooms, several Chicago restaurant and craft beer bar owners expressed concern that new regulations create additional competition for their businesses. However, a couple of Chicago brewery owners told Brewbound that they don’t anticipate major changes in the way they run their taproom businesses.
Here at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, seasons are just a state of mind. The sun has shown itself less than a handful of times this year and so we thought we would release our own ray of sunshine, Clementina.
Nearly 5 years since the last release, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is proud to announce the return of Sobrehumano Palena`ole.
Despite sharing a brew house, building and employees, Porcupine de Amore, is the first “collaboration” brew between Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and North Peak Brewing Company.
In this week’s edition of press clips: Bart Watson blogs about the craft slowdown; Modern Times Beer reveals an Anaheim brewery project and Golden Eagle announces an Illinois acquisition.
Three of the most dynamic names in the beer world now – Ron Jeffries of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Mikkel Bjergs of Mikkeller and Jeppe Bjergs of Evil Twin Brewing – are coming together in a collaboration craft beer fans might never have anticipated. In 2014 Ron Jeffries, owner and master brewer of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, hosted Mikkel and later Jeppe Bjergs to his Dexter, Michigan brewery to create a few new creations.
AlaBev expands the limits of great taste by bringing the number one selling sour beer in the country, Jolly Pumpkin, to retailers, restaurants and bars across the state. The Michigan brewery partners with distributor, AlaBev, to bring Jolly Pumpkin Bam, Bam Noir, Blanca and Oro to shelves on Monday, Nov. 2.
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Year Round Beers
|Bam Noire||Farmhouse Ale|
|La Roja||Amber Ale|
|Oro de Calabaza||Belgian Strong Ale|
|Weizen Bam||Farmhouse Ale|
|Noel de Calabaza||Ale|
|Maracaibo Especial||Brown Ale|
|Luciernaga "The Firefly"||Pale Ale|
|Fuego del Otono||Amber Ale|
|Madrugada Obscura "Dark Dawn"||Imperial Stout|
|Biere de Mas||Barrel Aged|
|E.S. Bam||Ordinary Bitter best Bitter ESB|
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9/29/2018 -- Dexter, MI
Zwanze Day at Jolly Pumpkin 2018
12/17/2016 -- Dexter, MI
Oro de Calabaza Grand Reserve Release
|Beer Release||Dexter, MI|
12/9/2016 -- Dexter, MI
Sobrehumano Palena'ole Grand Reserve Bottle Release
|Beer Release||Dexter, MI|