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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

Not Rated.
Jolly Pumpkin: Old MissionJolly Pumpkin: Old Mission
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 1
Beer Avg: 3.5
Taps: 4
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

13512 Peninsula Dr
Traverse City, Michigan, 49686-9717
United States
phone: (231) 223-4333

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(Place added by: SpdKilz on 08-18-2009)
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Reviews by hophunter:
Photo of hophunter
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Stopped here for our first year anniversary. We did a beer and wine tour of Mission point and stopping here was a must. The atmosphere was amazing, tucked away facing the coast of one of Michigan's Great Lakes and surrounded by tall woods.

Inside was just rich with the Old World flair. Hearth stove, thick wooden beams and wrought iron. Gorgeous.

Quality of food was spectacular. There is definitely a push for local ingredients which is something I can always appreciate. We tried 2 pizzas: a wild mushroom and a spinach. For the price it was both delicious and filling, we were able to save the rest for later through our tours.

I also noticed it was very clean and I love it when you can actually view the open kitchen. Something like that just says "we've got nothing to hide".

The beer selection could be a little more, but pleased to see they had beers from both breweries available (Jolly and North Peak)

The service and staff was friendly and helpful.

hophunter, Sep 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Indianpaleale
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

The food is good. Great selections of beers. Nice atmosphere too.

Indianpaleale, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

rjcoy06, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of chewymangos
4/5  rDev -2.4%

chewymangos, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of skyline522
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

skyline522, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Mxsluis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Mxsluis, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kraticus41, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of vande
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

vande, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev -2.4%

snansel, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of troygreer
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%

A great view can be had from the deck outside, nestled on a hill on the Old Mission Peninsula. But those seeking a true Jolly Pumpkin Tap room and experience, be warned. This venue plays more as a restaurant that just so happens to have Jolly Pumpkin on tap and a large selection of Jolly Pumpkin Bombers.

When you arrive you have to make a choice of having food out on the deck or sitting inside for a beer. We chose to sit outside thinking that we were still going to get the JP experience and considering the waitstaff was wearing JP shirts, we thought we made the right decision. Well come to find out, the outdoor area only had 2 (common) JP beers on tap but had a few bottles to offer as well. They didn't have sampler offerings, nor unique beers. Not really the experience i was hoping for... Needless to say we finished up our lunch (which was enjoyable) and headed inside.

The Jolly Pumpkin bar (not really a tap room) had sampler tray's of 5, but they only have 4 Jolly Pumpkin Beers on tap, so we went with a North Peak one as our 5th. It really doesn't feel like anything more than a bar that serves their beer. Kinda sad with the great atmosphere that they have.

The only real "plus" would be the large selection of rare JP bottles. I was able to get a few that i hadn't seen before

If you have some time for a nice drive on the Peninsula and want a decent meal, it is a good stop. If you are looking for a genuine JP experience, this is not the place.

troygreer, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

jmich24, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of HardyA
4/5  rDev -2.4%

HardyA, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.18/5  rDev +2%

A little off the beaten path, but beautiful! Went with wife and loved it. Atmosphere was great, and bar and beer and food was awesome.

I want to bring others to this gem. Cottage like and set amongst a farm like area. Ride in and out is one of Western MI greatest fall areas.

We were there off-season, but still enjoyed it very much. Want to bring my extended family.

More pub like than craft brew, but a good mix for all types…serious beer drinkers will probably know of better beer purist type places, but definitely worth the trip

JLSIV, May 18, 2014
Photo of EricTKole
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%

This place...

Again same group of 8 touring TC breweries on a Sat(5/3)

Atmosphere-
Seems pretty cool/rustic in there but confusing in that all I saw upon entering was North Peak swag everywhere. Am I at Jolly Pumpkin or North Peak?

Quality-
No real complaints here. Kinda middle of the road, clean place cold drinks and food served promptly.

Service-
This was the stinker of the joint. We walked in by accident to the restaurant instead of the tasting room which was our desired destination. Staff was rude but directed us there. Tasting room was large but well understaffed for a Saturday afternoon in my opinion. Maybe 20-30 guests with 2 workers. After getting no attention for nearly 10 minutes one of the gals from our group went to the bar and asked how the tastings would work. The bar attendant handed her three menus(or so) explained how many we could taste and then told her(which I over heard) that she didn't know when she would be able to help us. After waiting another 5-10 minutes with no service we decided to go get a pint at the bar. We walked back in the bar and walked past the greeter's stand as there was no "wait to be seated" sign to be found. Which was a problem as the greeters then yelled(yes) at us to wait while they found a table. At this point my wife wanted to walk out and I told her "they sure are making it hard to spend money here", but when your leading a group of friends sometimes you gotta go with the flow. Once we got seated we finally met someone nice, our server who was very pleasant and helpful from that point forward.

Selection-
Small number of in house beers but was overall pretty good.

Food-
We just got aps but the Truffle Fries that I got were excellent

Value-
Flight of the Day and fries and out the door for around $15 very good!

EricTKole, May 07, 2014
Photo of Fargrow
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Fargrow, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Lynn
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Lynn, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

amishbooze, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MattBreight, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

david131, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of MarcatGSB
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Well worth the drive from Traverse City. It's a beautiful drive up the Old Mission Peninsula, and a beautiful location just across from the bay. On site vineyard, that they use the grapes in their own wine for. This location also makes the Civilized Spirits which is under the Northern United umbrella.

The food is fantastic. Really a nice brewpub experience. A good amount of taps, mixed with Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers. Quite a few brewpub exclusives, but nothing brewed in the style of JP, all traditionally fermented products.

They have a great bottle selection there, just about anything (other than the GR releases) is available at this location year round.

MarcatGSB, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sternamagrapha7x, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

TheRealPour, Nov 01, 2013
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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission in Traverse City, MI
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.