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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
311 S. Main Street
phone: (734) 913-2730
(Place added by: Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009)
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Reviews by mrbeermug:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Having lived around and frequented the brewpub since it opened, I've seen all sides the place offers.
BEER - There are always rotating seasonal taps, experimental taps that don't get bottled, standards, and new releases from Ron Jeffries' other joint business venture North Peak Brewing Co., which has some solid IPAs. Also got to buy and taste some 6-7 yr old beers from Jolly Pumpkin's first batches thanks to Ron holding a charity rare beer auction from his personal cellar. My favorites have been:
- Spring Sour (1 time only blend of several different beers)
- Raspinnicle - The 2nd in the "Green Leaf" experimental series of non-sour beers, brewed with spinach. Solid, unfiltered, biscuity pale ale. The other two beers in the series were good as well - a kale beer, and a nettle imperial ipa.
- Oro de Calabaza - world-class, lightly sour belgian golden ale with wonderful belgian yeast and punchiness. The best of their regular brews.
- Madrugada Obscura - Wow. Sour imperial stout - talk about breaking new ground in a beer category and doing it well! Phenomenal depth, complexity, and balance and I've still never had any other beer quite like it. Generally only brewed in Feb-Mar, it's still avail in bottles this summer.
- Biere de Mars - big, funky, biere de garde similarly complex to a Oud Gueze and just packed with flavor without being overly heavy. Wonderful beer.
Lots of other beers I like there too...
FOOD - I had lunch with the head chef and talked with her about her philosophy when it opened. She sources as much local/organic/seasonal food as she can and then does things like maker her own kimchi in-house. Very solid food for the price, but definitely a little more pricey than normal brewpub fare.
AMBIANCE - Gorgeous artwork from the bottle label designs, crafty chandeliers and sconces, dark woods, and friendly people abound. Big, spacious outdoor deck for the summer. Well-designed.
08-07-2011 16:33:22 |
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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 |
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