Brewery plans West Side taproom


Jolly Pumpkin operates several locations in the state, including Traverse City. Photo via

Designs for a Grand Rapids taproom by the nation’s first all-sour barrel-aged brewery have been filed with the city.

A taproom design for Dexter-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales appears on the Jan. 11 agenda of the City of Grand Rapids Engineering Department design team.

The Jolly Pumpkin taproom would be at 449 Bridge St. NW, at the former Red Lion Inn building, near The Knickerbocker by New Holland Brewing Co.

Jolly Pumpkin representatives are “still in the no-comment phase,” and the project is listed as in the “preliminary design” phase.

Construction is expected to start this spring, according to the filing.

Design work was filed by Cornerstone Architects.

Jolly Pumpkin

Founded by Ron Jeffries and Laurie Jeffries in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin’s beers can be found across the globe.

Jolly Pumpkin has four locations: its Detroit Pizzeria & Brewery, Ann Arbor Café & Brewery, Dexter Tasting Room and Traverse City Restaurant, Brewery, Distillery.

The company also has plans for locations in Bay City and Chicago.

Jolly Pumpkin’s parent company, Northern United Brewing Company, also owns and operates Grizzly Peak, North Peak.

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