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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

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Jolly Pumpkin: Old MissionJolly Pumpkin: Old Mission
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
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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Photo of jt31914
2.41/5  rDev -41.5%

Went to Jolly Pumpkin at Old Mission with high hopes and left horribly disappointed. Our waitress was AWFUL! She had no personality and seemed like it was paining her to wait on us. Furthermore, the brewery charged $.25 for a taste of beer, which in my opinion is quite cheap.

The beer was average at best, which is kind of always how I have felt about the North Peak/Jolly Pumpkin brews (We drank Jolly Pumpkin's Belgian Pale, Bam Noire, and Oro de Calabeza, as well as North Peak's Amber and Wheat).

The selection was decent and the location/building is beautiful and amazing; however, the food was absolutely, outright atrocious! The chicken pasta had a horrible sauce, and rather than using whole chicken breast, the chicken looked like it came out of a can of cat food.

While the selection, beer, and atmosphere were decent, the service and food at Jolly Pumpkin made me embarrassed to bring my family there.

jt31914, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Fargrow
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Fargrow, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of EricTKole
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%

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 troygreer
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

jmich24, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

rjcoy06, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Lynn, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

skyline522, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

BreakfastStout, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%

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 -2.9%

HardyA, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

snansel, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

david131, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mxsluis, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

chewymangos, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sternamagrapha7x, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Recently had the chance to make it to the Old Mission JP location. Atmosphere is unbelievably pretty - right on the West Traverse Bay overlooking Bowers Harbor through the trees. Brewpub is primarily wooden in structure and pretty on the inside as well. Beers are outstanding, as always with JP. My main gripe was the lack of JP offerings on tap - they only had Bam Biere, Bam Noire, and La Roja. There were probably 7 North Peak offerings, and I understand why they're offered, but I'm at JP and want my sours! Food is outstanding - had the sausage and pepper pizza and my fiancee had the goat cheese and arugula pizza which was also great. Reasonable prices. If you're in TC, it's a must visit for the location alone. If they had more JP on tap (like the Ann Arbor location has in my previous visits), it would have been perfect.

HarmonMW, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of pioneer13
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Stopped in here for lunch before continuing on to wine tasting further up the peninsula. Cool old lodge building that feels vintage yet updated all the same. Waiter told us about their Bam Biere farmhouse ale being rated top 25 beers in America by a mens magazine so that was my first beer and I was impressed. Didnt rate it at the time and will not rate it from memory but maybe next time. I also tried the Diabolical IPA. A very good IPA. Above average and I would leave it at that. To eat, I had the warm n cheesy BLT and would definitely order it again. In a nutshell, great beer and really good food.
Bought a cool Diabolical t-shirt and a growler of Bam Biere to go on the way out. The wine tasting was good but next time I may spend more time at the Pumpkin.

pioneer13, May 09, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

2nd stop on our MI beer tour.

Located in a really cool area that reminded me of Deep Creek, Maryland. Pull off of a road and into an unassuming little driveway to a cool looking rustic building.

Inside, sat at the bar. There were probably 6-10 beers on tap, two Jolly Pumpkins and the rest of the North Peak lineup. I had whatever the Autumn from JP is (but loved it), and we split the flight of North Peak beers, which were ok at best.

It was happy hour, and they had a special on the pulled pork (one of my favorites) nachos for $4, so I bit. They were good though not mind blowing.

Though it was a little empty, service was prompt, friendly and helpful - again so were the people we came into contact with while there.

Relateively short stay, though enjoyable. Might stop again if in the area.

Stigs, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of gnemesis
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Ive made the beautiful drive up the Old Mission peninsula hundreds of times for the scenery but now I find myself taking the short journey just for the JP beer. The atmosphere is best described as upscale rustic. Lots of woodwork, big fireplace, mellow music, and of course farmhouse style ales. The quality of the food and drink has always been good. I stay away from the North Peak offerings that are on tap (pretty average and can purchase closer to home) and stick with the amazing Jolly Pumpkin brews. If you like sours or farmhouse Belgians then you will love these. Service is always decent and the servers seem to know the beer and spirits. Last time I stopped in however the girl selling me bottles on my way out knew close to nothing about the beers behind her... she might have just been a hostess but they should still know things. The selection is always decent (again stay away from the North Peak) and seasonals always tasty. The food is also amazing. The Kobe burger, pulled pork, and the BLT are all top-notch and prepared well. Everyone MUST try the flat-bread appetizer! One of the best apps I've ever eaten anywhere. The pricing is reasonable considering the value of what you are getting. Don't forget to purchase a few bottles on your way out- these are not on the menu but worth getting.

gnemesis, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of atone315
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped here on 10-7-13 during a week long Northern Michigan trip. Beautiful building in an excellent area, this place is not your average "beer stop". Definitely a place you could go for a "fancy dinner" dressed up, I wouldn't feel uncomfortable in jeans and a hoodie either.

Everyone that worked here seemed extremely friendly and very welcoming. We started our lunch with the Crab Tater Tots, loved them! We also ordered some pints, they had 2 JP Drafts, 4 North Peak offerings and 2 brews from Old Mission Brew Co. (IIRC). They also had 2 bottled offerings from JP, pretty much standard fare. The beers were good, I had a few from North Peak (Diabolical and Vicious) and I finally found a sour the wife likes, Bam Biere.

After our appetizer, we ordered 2 pizzas with the intention of having leftovers for snacks that evening....we were not let down at all!!! I ordered the Carnivore, my wife the Wild Mushroom. Some of the best pizza I have had in a while!

Overall, not a beer destination. However, after spending a day exploring the Old Mission Peninsula, definitely worth a stop for excellent food with good beer on hand to wash it down.

atone315, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of henrichsj
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

I loved the Jolly Pumpkin. The Old Mission location is buried a bit off the the beaten path but once you find it, you are in for a treat. Very rustic, vintage, cool vibe going on. The two girls working the front were great! Admitted they were not very knowledgeable but very helpful. I purchased warm half-growlers of some amber beer and Bam, a farmhouse ale. Both were delicious however one was $14.99 which I thought was ridiculous. Bought it anyway! Next time I'm in Traverse, I will definitely visit Jolly Pumpkin in Old Mission. Lots of beer to choose from. All, high quality. Great place!

henrichsj, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of JLSIV
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

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 goast8127
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed 10/21

One of my favorite stops of the entire weekend. Jolly Pumpkin is located along the west side of Old Mission Peninsula. Set amongst many large residences, the restaurant would be easy to miss if not for the appropriate signage.

We sat at the bar and had a few samplers. Our server, Ron, was very helpful and knowledgable about the growing business. The place gave a very lodge-like vibe, with a lot of nice woodwork and a fireplace. The tall windows allowed a lot of natural light to illuminate the inside.

My favorite beer of the visit was the Pumpkin Wheat, a very sweet seasonal with slight, but not overpowering pumkin notes.

goast8127, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped here while vacationing on Lake Leelanau, about a 45 minute drive from Cedar. Great old building, all rough cut timber inside, not at all what you'd expect from the look of the exterior.

We had the Crab Tater Tots as an appetizer, and at $9, were well worth it, 5 in a serving, a couple more would have been appreciated, but the taste and quality were top notch.

Menu hasfood from alot of local suppliers. There's a big push in Michigan right now to buy local, and this place does it. There's something on the menu for everybody, from woodfire pizzas to rich pasta dishes, and everything in between.

Beer selection was decent, 5 Jolly Pumpkin taps and 5 North Peak Taps, nothing rare, but a solid selection.

This was well worth the drive, and the money was well spent.

RocPorterFanatic, Jul 26, 2011
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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission in Traverse City, MI
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