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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
311 S. Main Street
phone: (734) 913-2730
(Place added by: Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place rocks. I'm so happy that Ron has been so successful as to be able to put together such a beautiful place to showcase his outstanding beers. Our bartender was awsome.. I think his name was Josh (forgive me, my memory gets funny when plied with alcohol). I can't wait for next year to visit again. We were there about 12:00 and it got busy real fast. We had 10 in our party and everyone was very impressed with the products as well as service. I will post a more detailed review of the beers we sampled on a later post. Awesome place...
12-31-2009 14:07:42 |
More by rixport
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
This place is on the main drag in Ann Arbor. It is dimly lit but cozy. The waitress was attractive and friendly and knowledgeable about the beer and food. The food came pretty fast.
The beer on tap tasted amazing and was only 4.00 for a tulip. The food was a bit pricey though but it tasted amazing. The food paired perfectly with the beer. There isn't a huge selection of food but it is good enough.
They also sell all the JP beers and some gifts. Overall this is a very awesome place to go and get some beer and gourmet cuisine.
01-01-2010 04:35:45 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop #214 on my brewery tour of the world.
Completed a brewpub tour of Ann Arbor the first week of June 2011 with a couple of my beer-snob-drinking friends. Easily shakes out to…
1. Jolly Pumpkin & Arbor Brewing tied and depending on unique vs. traditional beers
2. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
3. Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (very distant third)
We did Jolly Pumpkin as the first stop with the plan to visit again the next day for lunch.
Of all the brewpubs I've had the good fortune of visiting, the interior of this one is among the finest. Very classy, nice upstairs, and they even have a deck off the upstairs back along with a second bar upstairs.
We went with the nine beer sampler and the olive and meat appetizer.
Raspinicle (with spinich!)
Came back the next day for the amazing truffle pizza, a pint of Bam, and drop some cash on shirts and fancy growler (for my homebrew transport).
I'm a huge sour/wild fan and think Bam Weizen is one of the best beers in the world. Other JP stuff I'm mixed on. To me, their beers could benefit from a touch more carbonation and I find some of the sours (like the spring sour) to finish a bit muddy and lack clear definition.
I tied this with Arbor brewing and make a note that if you aren't all that exploratory with your beer (i.e. English Ales rule!!), then JP may not be your cup of tee. If you're into the unique with beer (and food), JP will be right up your alley.
06-12-2011 01:40:11 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited a few Sunday's ago for the La Roja GR release.
Building is located in beautiful downtown Ann Arbor (hipster capital of MI, duh). The building is a very nice older style building with dark wood trim and brick. Very inviting, but doesn't stand out. You have to be on the look.
The inside is the same way. Beautiful long wood bar in a very thin pub room that stretches way back with booths lining opposite the bar. Awesome beer label paintings and pictures hung on the wall. A small brew kettle lays to one side of the bar, real cool like.
The service was absolutely fantastic. This place was packed with beer geeks (many of us enjoying the worst hang over of our lives from Dark Horse the night before) and the staff handled us flawlessly. They were ready, thank you JP! Myself and a few others grabbed a table, settled in with a nice Noel de Calabaza on tap (which was fantastic!). Each one of us were supremely impressed with our meals. Everything was delicious. Get the olive sampler, how unique and tasty. Prices were reasonable, what you would expect for DT Ann Arbor.
I can't wait to go back and check this place out on an even keel. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I was feeling a little rough.
12-22-2011 15:30:38 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Made the trip down to "weasel-town" aka Ann Arbor to watch the US/Ghana match at the brewpub.
The front of the place is pretty hard to notice as I walked right past it. Once entering there's a hostess stand with a small "gift-shop" and a beautiful carved wood bar lining the back wall. We opted to sit at the bar for the event as there was only one TV in the joint. Surprising given the laid back atmosphere as compared to their more upscale Old Mission location that housed a Golden Tee Machine and 3-4 times as many TV's.
While waiting for friends, I sampled the brews on tap I had yet to have. There were 7-8 brews on tap at the time with many Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak brews available in bottle. The sampler I went with was a Gluten Free Sour Mash on cask, Luciernaga, Calabaza Blanca, Manitee Belipago Gluten free Belgian IPA, and their Tortuga Ale Co. Chocolate Stout. All of which were quite good with the favorite being the Calabaza Blanca and the least being the Chocolate Stout. This was my first experience with a true sour mashed beer and it did not disappoint. A pint of North Peak Diabolical IPA and Siren Amber Ale were also sampled.
The lunch menu is the exact same as the dinner menu only prices jump $3-4 at dinner time so get there for the lunch hour. I had their JP Burger and my fiancee had the chickpea panini. Both were quite tasty but a little pricey for this unemployed post-graduate coming in around $10-13 for lunch. I did appreciate the ability to sub a salad for french fries.
The service was outstanding. They swapped a shirt I bought at the Traverse City location for a more appropriately sized one at their store. That was much appreciated. Also, the bartender was uber-friendly and knowledgeable of the company and their brews. She unhesitatingly answered my relentless inquiries about their company structure in my attempt to understand the Jolly Pumpkin/North Peak/Grizzly Peak dynamic. I'm still not 100% on it but glad she obliged.
Overall, the trip was much enjoyed, albeit a little saddening due to the US loss, and I would visit again quite willingly.
06-27-2010 16:24:12 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here for dinner last week during a visit to Ann Arbor, happy to finally partake in Jolly Pumpkin beer after hearing so much about it. The place is fairly big, with two levels and was very busy the night I went.
The menu wasn't huge, but they seemed to go for more fancy fare over usual bar food. I got a carnivore pizza, which was excellent. The service was amazing with the waiter very engaging and helping me decide which of their 10ish beers on tap to try. He was extremely knowledgable about all the beers and was more than happy to offer samples when I had a tough time deciding. By the end of the night I would estimate I probably ended up talking with him for at least a half an hour about the beer.
And the beer was certainly worth talking about. They don't have a typical brewpub offering where they have a stout, a porter, an IPA, etc. Instead they're very experimental with their beers and are tough to put into simple categories. While they were all very high quality I was especially impressed with their Bam Biere and La Parcela.
This place was excellent and one of the highlights of my trip to Ann Arbor. It was so good I had to bring a group of my friends, also from out of town, back two nights later.
09-21-2010 23:55:03 |
More by Rocks
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I reall enjoy coming here when I'm hungry for really good food to go along with good beer. This is downtown Ann Arbor and usually busy. The menu is not your typical brewery menu, it is AA you know. The food is of very high quality,not out of a box or a can. The service has always been very good and waitstaff are normally talkative and helpful with any beer questions. If they don't know the answer they find someone to ask who does. They have quite extensive seating here for downtown Ann Arbor. Not the local pub atmosphere but upscale without being snobby.
05-13-2011 12:53:31 |
More by jale
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My fiance and I hit up JP Cafe last weekend for the first time. I have only been a JP fan for the past few months mainly due to my pallet changing towards sour ales. When this opened I was pretty excited as I have some family in the Ann Arbor area and always like a trip to downtown AA.
The atmosphere in the cafe is PERFECT. From the outside the cafe fits in perfect to the Main Street vibe, then when you walk in you know it is Jolly Pumpkin. The chandeliers are wicked cool looking, the art on the walls and overall vibe on the inside is perfect.
The JP brews always have quality associated with them. I may not like all of them, but they are always spot on. I had two glasses of the special brown ale and loved it. My fiance had a glass of the hard cider then Bam Biere and liked both.
Service was outstanding. This isn't just another brew pub, they are going for class with this. Our server was very helpful and made sure we were happy all the time.
Selection was pretty disappointing. They had a total of four JP brews on tap, and two of those were variations of the Bam series. I was expecting at least 6 of their brews for some reason. They did have a few others from other breweries (North Peak and others).
Holy crap the food was wicked good! I had the JP burger and highly recommend it. One of the best I have ever had. My fiance got the grilled cheese and truffled fries, which were both damn tasty as well.
Overall this place is great. Everything is pretty pricey, but you know it when you walk in. I definitely recommend it for anyone within an hour of it.
01-29-2010 16:18:03 |
More by steebo777
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This brewpub it located in a trendy part of Ann Arbor (the likes of which you can find in most college towns and cities).
The inside is pretty dark. Can best be described as a shabby/sheik coffee shop meets classic irish pub.
The beer selection is what you can expect...pretty much everything they brew was available. The nice thing is that they have both drafts and bottles to go.
The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly...willing to discuss the beers and offered multiple samples.
Great place that houses great beer. Worth the trip for sure. The only bummer is parking...but you will have that in a lot of "main street" areas...
05-18-2010 20:00:35 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Jolly Pumpkin creates some really unique beers and has the best food of any brewpub in Ann Arbor. If you are here at the right time, you have got to try the Baudeliere IO Saison. Really not like anything I’ve tried elsewhere. The taps rotate nicely, and there are JP staples in large bottles at all times. Brew their own liquor here, so don’t expect to find any standard mixed drinks or liquors. Highly recommended, and a really fun feel upstairs. If you’re on a brewpub crawl in AA, this is the place to start and eat your dinner. Only knock is it’s almost always packed and getting a table is tough unless you’re there early on Thursdays through Saturdays.
03-09-2012 19:33:29 |
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