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Jolly Pumpkin Block Detroit

Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood is fast becoming a hotspot for the beer enthusiast, and the latest to join the parade of purveyors of a pint is Jolly Pumpkin.

Word is that there will be a 5,000 square foot Jolly Pumpkin location on the same block as the Shinola retail store at 441 Canfield.

This puts it in immediate walking distance to Motor City Brew Works across the street, Traffic Jam and Snug (the first microbrew in the state), as well as a short jaunt to the likes of The Bronx Bar, 3rd Street Bar, Honest?Johns, The Old Miami, Cass Café, and the under-construction Hopcat on Woodward Avenue.

“Midtown Detroit, Inc. is thrilled to welcome Jolly Pumpkin into the neighborhood,” says Midtown Inc. Executive Director Sue Mosey. “Their investment and strong brand will draw in more people to Midtown’s burgeoning retail and restaurant district. Their future location, in the historic Willys Complex, compliments other strong businesses such as Shinola, Willys Detroit, RUNdetroit and the Fellow Barber, creating a walkable block of quality commercial storefronts.”

Hopcat Detroit under construction
The new Hopcat is under construction at Woodward and Canfield a few blocks away. Photos by Nick Hagen.

In short, this section of the city will be a dense drinking destination.

Information provided says that Jolly Pumpkin in Midtown will serve all the craft beers, distilled spirits and wines available through the Northern United Brewing Company brand, including North Peak Beer, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Civilized Spirits and Bonafide Wine.

There will also be an “eclectic pub fare menu,” with suppliers including the well-known local standards of Avalon Bread (located around the block), Calder Dairy and McClure’s Pickles. This will be yet another place you can find truffle fries, which seems to have replaced poutine as the fancy fry of the year in the D.

“We are so excited to come to Midtown Detroit,” said Ron Jeffries of Northern United Brewing Company. “We look forward to being part of this vibrant beer neighborhood.’”

The new establishment is slated to open in early 2015.