toss food, toss people - whatever

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Chef Potts In the Kitchen

Michigan native, Mary Potts, brings a wealth of culinary experience to the Alehouse to create a beer-centric menu that has been shaped by years of travel overseas and her first, unique, career choice. Fresh out of high school, Mary became a firefighter. For a brief while, she was the youngest female firefighter in the U.S. After strong prompting from her mom, Mary learned to cook as a way to make it through hard times. She learned two irresistible recipes, spare ribs, and sloppy joes, and learned that food has power. She found that good food could please people and so cooking became Mary’s preferred form of entertainment.

After firefighting, Mary traveled through Europe and spent extensive time in Germany, where she found it difficult not to fall in love with beer. It was also here that the seeds were sown for the future Ypsi Alehouse menu.

Her menu at the Alehouse has the makings of an English gastropub with an Italian Osteria philosophy meaning, good rustic pub comfort food presented on a small menu format that changes with the seasons. In this spirit, she uses only the best and the freshest produce our local purveyors have to offer.  

Chef Potts On the Mat

To keep active in her spare time, Mary likes to throw people around. Literally! You see Mary likes jiu-jitsu and trains at the URSA Academy –Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Ann Arbor. One activity of this group is training for events organized and sponsored by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). Like Jim Harbaugh, Mary is a serious competitor who trains hard and strives to go beyond local challenges to the World Championships. At the recent World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2016 held in Las Vegas Convention Center September 25-27, Mary competed and won gold for her group.


We at the Alehouse are very proud of Mary and the Gold Medal she earned at the World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2016. It required dedication, training and lots of perseverance.