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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
311 S. Main Street
phone: (734) 913-2730
(Place added by: Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by adamette:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just found my notes recorded the day of my visit:
Read about this place on BA and on the Jolly Pumpkin web site. They celebrated their one month "anniversary" last night according to the greeter. Great location in a thriving business area of walk up coffee shops, artist's studios, U of M souvenir shops, next door to an Indian cuisine restaurant.
Atmoshphere: Just very comfortable. Hard wood surfaces, large leather covered bench seats against the wall with standard wooden chair opposite the bench. Very clean, modern but also has a 40's speakeasy style of low hanging, dim lights. Love the JP signage in its black and white simplicity. Really nice framed images of several of their beer's label graphics. Could they be originals?
Service: Excellent. John M. was our server. Friendly, attentive, conversational on a reasonably slow Thursday afternoon. He helped with identifying the beers as he brought them to me and was available for some light discussion about it. He also accepted praise (for the beer) graciously.
Value: Good. Sandwich with fries, wife's chicken Asian salad, several beers from draft came to $36 before tax. It is just reasonable. 750 ml bottles were $13 from what I recall.
What follows are memories that I recalled the other day: Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.
Atmosphere A very modern setting in an extremely new location, probably a few weeks old, they told me that they are planning on brewing on location soon but for now they are apparently delivering beer from the brewery location elsewhere. Anyway, very nice dark wood features, brushed metal fixtures and displays of kitchen like utensils arranged in decorative patterns on the wall but also forming impromptu light fixtures which were really cool. Large coolers near the entrance display the JP beer bottles and there is a long bar to the left as you enter with all of the on tap beers but also bottles for sale. Large framed images of the beer label art are interesting for anyone familiar with the label art. 4.0
Quality Very good. Not only the quality of the available beers but the quality of the atmosphere, service were high. 4.5
Service Very good as mentioned above. Our waiter was patient and accommodating and everyone else that we interacted with were very good with service. I even mentioned that I was something of a beer fanatic and that was met with enthusiasm. 4.0
Selection Well having several JP beers on tap as well as several guest beers on tap makes the selection very good indeed. The place offered mixed drinks as well but I was there for the beer. 4.0
Food There was a chef on staff at the time of my visit and the salad that my wife and I ate was very good indeed. I could tell that the quality of the food is very high indeed. 4.5
Value Just fine. I do not recall our bill but I think that it was reasonable.
11-24-2009 05:26:54 |
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More by BillRoth
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Jolly Pumpkin is along the stretch downtown at Main and Liberty. Walking through the door, you end up right in front of a reservation desk with a full view of the downstairs bar and seating. Individualized mugs for J.P.'s mug club hang over the bar. There's plenty of seating, with three different seating areas; a bar and tables both downstairs and upstairs, and a rooftop patio, which is the best place to be when the weather's nice. We sat outside. One thing we noticed was that, along with tables and chairs, there was an area off to the side with wicker lounging furniture where people could sit and relax if they're just drinking.
The food was impressive, and everything we ate was good. The sample platter offers a whole bevy of local foods from breads to cheeses to meats and olives. Burgers are very good, as are the pizzas.
The beers are as good as they are in the bottle, but at the brewery I got to try a few I'll never see outside of Ann Arbor.
Overall, Jolly Pumpkin is an excellent experience that I'll be enjoying as many times as I visit the town. Service was prompt and helpful, as well as being knowledgeable about the beers and able to make helpful recommendations. Samples are offered as well.
09-22-2013 19:10:50 |
More by Brenden
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great location in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking is a little frustrating, and a few passes around the block(s) will likely be in order.
Small restaurant style atmosphere with a 12 seat bar, plenty of seating inside, and a few tables outside. Wood flooring, with earth tones as an overall scheme, and a painted tile ceiling. Large "classic" wooden bar, with a large mirror backsplash with unique antiques on top. Neat chandeliers with kitchen utensils hanging from the side, otherwise a mixture of glass lighting all around (drop down small rusted metal lights over the bar). 7 large prints of JP labels hang from the walls as well.
Great draft beer list with 15 on tonight (would have been 16 but they were out of La Roja). Bottle sales as well, with a few rarities based on being "out of season". I've loved Jolly Pumpkin for close to 7 years now, so this is a joy to be "here" (even though this isn't the actual brew site for many of their delicious brews). Small merch area next to the hostess stand as well.
While there isn't anything that is really unique about the atmosphere of this place, based on beer alone I would recommend everyone visit. I'm not often in Ann Arbor, and won't likely be for a while, but I will certainly come back when I get the chance!
08-20-2013 23:37:43 |
More by qcbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Some excellent beers... some not very good ones but at least they have 5 or 9 flights to try out the vast selection.
The truffle fries are out of this world. The butchers board excellent - actually anything we've had to eat there has been very good.
The servers are generally students and only ok for the most part.
It's a must visit.
05-12-2013 23:16:35 |
More by hotsudge
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Food: Excellent, I'm not a big pizza fan normally but I decided to give it a try. Well worth it. Above average food for a brew pub.
Value: Pretty average for your local craft brewery. The bottles get a little more pricey, but drafts are not bad.
Service: It seems like everytime I eat at a pub I get awful service. It was a little better this time around, still waited a bit to long for him to check back and get more drinks. Other than that it was about average.
Atmosphere: Dark, but cool. Two stories with an upstairs patio and second bar. It definitely needed to be dusted though. The 'Chandler' (made from kitchen utensils) had about an inch of dust hanging over my head... Nice.
Overall: If your into craft beer its worth checking out. Very unique taste in their brews, and they make their own whiskey and vodka (didn't try them, but heard they are good).
Keep in mind, they don't serve any alcohol they don't make. So no Jack and Coke, or fizzy light lager..
08-25-2012 21:47:55 |
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