Rare beer auction raises thousands for charity
David Bardallis | Contributor
Jeffries, the owner-brewer of Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery, 311 S. Main, kicked off last night's rare beer auction for charity with reminiscences about the start of his brewing business 6 years ago. From a small space in Dexter, his business has now grown to include the Dexter brewery as well as a pub on Main St. in Ann Arbor and another on the Old Mission Peninsula in northern Michigan.
His beers have been nationally ranked by the likes of Men's Journal, Wine Enthusiast, and Paste magazine. So, naturally, the chance to grab some of Ron Jeffries's rare brews that have been cellared, stored, or otherwise forgotten the past 3 to 6 years appealed to a number of people.
Auctioneer Wayne Reif donated his time to help the cause.
"I'm a former auctioneer now because of this thing called eBay," he told the crowd. "Now I do free and charity auctions like this."
All told, Reif, Jeffries, and the rest of the Jolly Pumpkin crew raised $2020 for the local charity Peace Neighborhood Center, with various bottles of aged beer going for anywhere from $30 to $45 apiece and more.
You may be wondering what a rare beer auction looks like. Luckily, your correspondent shot some video:
Ron Jeffries introduced this event as the "first annual," so if you missed out, one can only assume that there's always next year!
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