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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

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Jolly Pumpkin: Old MissionJolly Pumpkin: Old Mission
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
1 Beers
3 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Taps: 4
Bottles: --
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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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of atone315
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EricTKole
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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!

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Photo of goast8127
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JLSIV
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Photo of jt31914
2.41/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

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.

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Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission in Traverse City, MI
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.