Jolly Pumpkin partners with Bastone for a new brewery in downtown Royal Oak

An exciting collaboration of the foamy variety is taking place in downtown Royal Oak this August. Two Michigan breweries, Bastone Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin, are teaming up to share the former's building at the northeast corner of W. Fifth and Main streets. 
To mark the partnership, the brewmasters of those two breweries have created Co-Operation Ale, a fusion of Bastone's Nectar des Deux and Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja beers.

Bastone is leaving its Main Street space, which it has occupied since 2004, for the old Monk Beer Abbey space in the same building, but on the W. Fifth Street side. Jolly Pumpkin will then take over the old Bastone and Vinotecca Wine Bar storefronts.

This is the fifth location for Jolly Pumpkin, which also has a Dexter tap room and brewing facility, an Ann Arbor cafe and brewery, a Traverse City brewery, and a Detroit pizzeria and brewery. A Chicago location is planned for later this year.

For its new location, Bastone will refocus its food menu. Belgian specialties, including mussels, pomme frites, and a Belgian blue burger are among its planned offerings. The brewery also plans on bottling and distributing its beers.

The Jolly Pumpkin menu will incorporate popular items from its other locations, including artisan pizzas and truffle fries. It will also serve a hamburger that the brewery is touting as President Barack Obama's favorite. The 44th president visited and dined at Jolly Pumpkin's Detroit location on a trip to Detroit on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

Tony Grant, CEO of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, says that fans of the old Bastone and Vinotecca spaces will be able to buy Bastone beers and find a great selection of wines at the new Jolly Pumpkin. The bar will feature Jolly Pumpkin, Bastone, and North Peak beers on tap--all Michigan brewed beers--as well as Nomad ciders. Belgian bottled beers, wines, and domestic and imported spirits are also featured.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.
Enjoy this story? Sign up for free solutions-based reporting in your inbox each week.

Read more articles by MJ Galbraith.

MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.