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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

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

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
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 MarcatGSB
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%

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
Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TheRealPour, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Lynn
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Lynn, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%

I went here with my father and brother-in-law while on vacation in Michigan. I had heard about this small satellite brewery from the main brewery of Jolly Pumpkin which is located in Dexter, Michigan.

This is located behind the "Old Mission" and currently is not fully operational. The bartender (who was very polite) told us how they were still in the process of getting the brewery on site up and running. No matter, the three of us ordered a pint of Bam Bière and instead of staying in the actual bar (which was spacious and decorated nicely) we instead choose to take the pint outside to the deck in front of "Old Mission" and enjoy the beautiful landscape. It was truly relaxing and quite an experience enjoying this fine brew with family looking over a glistening lake Michigan, shaded by the tall pine trees, and feeling the wind come off of the lake.

If anyone is ever around Traverse City, this is a nice little side trip to make. Also, they had numerous Jolly Pumpkin bombers for sale at the bar.

SpdKilz, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -2%

david131, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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 rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

rjcoy06, Yesterday at 08:21 PM
Photo of atone315
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Fargrow, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

snansel, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of HereforBeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

HereforBeer, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Mxsluis
4/5  rDev -2%

Mxsluis, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JohnnieNepal, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tucked away behind the Bowers Harbor Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula north of downtown Traverse City, this was the second stop on a 4-brewery crawl in the area.

The interior is remarkably serene and comfortable with a lodge-like atmosphere and white table cloths. I felt under dressed in t-shirt and shorts. It was an odd dynamic of uber-chic and sports bar as there was white table cloths and cloth napkins mixed with TV's, jeans and t-shirt wearing employees and a Golden Tee machine. Not a problem just out of the ordinary.

The service was very friendly, albeit a little lacking on knowledge of the beer. I requested a bottle that had yet to be chilled as I intended to cellar it for some time. The server did bring an un-chilled bottle but had explained the temperature changes from cold to warm had no effect on the unpasteurized beer. 8 brews were on tap with Oro de Calabaza and La Roja available for purchase in bottle at $13 each. The flight ($10) consisted of a cherry wheat, North Peak Siren, North peak Diabolical IPA, Bam Biere, Bam Noire, a low-cal beer called 29er, North Peak Vicious which was a wheat IPA, and an unfiltered wheat. All were very good. Most of the North Peak beers were eerily similar in taste and color however with most indistinguishable in color from the one next to it.

Appetizers were ordered and both were good and moderately priced. The so-called Truffled French French fries are indistinguishable from their less expensive cousins lacking the trendy ingredient. The hummus was a little bland needing salt and lemon.

Overall it was worth the trek up the Peninsula with beautiful views and a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere with good beer to back it up. I look forward to trying their other location down in Weasel-town.

BehindtheFinBrew, Jun 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

HardyA, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

amishbooze, Apr 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

vande, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of jt31914
2.41/5  rDev -40.9%

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 HarmonMW
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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 beerguru15
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

This brewery was the last on our trip that we made and was well worth it. The Jolly Pumpkin is located on the Old Mission Penisula which was sort of a odd location and away from practically all the other businesses in Traverse City. The atsmosphere was well, as the place was very relaxing and enjoyable.

Ended up getting some food and also a 5 Beer Sample. The samples I got included: an IPA, a Cherry Wheat, a special Cider, Bam Noire and Siren Amber Ale...all which were wonderful tasting and quite enjoyable. They had a few others available which I shall try the next time being up there.

The service was also quite good, we had a girl that was in training but all of the waitstaff was very nice and helpful, especially in discussing a little about the brewery and what to expect in the future.

I think the best part about getting the sampler was the price itself...$6! The price of the food was moderate also, but great at the same time.

All and all I enjoyed going to the Jolly Pumpkin, will return, look for more beers and highly recommend.

beerguru15, May 14, 2010
Photo of BreakfastStout
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

BreakfastStout, Oct 16, 2013
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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission in Traverse City, MI
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