Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 59
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Jolly Pumpkin is along the stretch downtown at Main and Liberty. Walking through the door, you end up right in front of a reservation desk with a full view of the downstairs bar and seating. Individualized mugs for J.P.'s mug club hang over the bar. There's plenty of seating, with three different seating areas; a bar and tables both downstairs and upstairs, and a rooftop patio, which is the best place to be when the weather's nice. We sat outside. One thing we noticed was that, along with tables and chairs, there was an area off to the side with wicker lounging furniture where people could sit and relax if they're just drinking.
The food was impressive, and everything we ate was good. The sample platter offers a whole bevy of local foods from breads to cheeses to meats and olives. Burgers are very good, as are the pizzas.
The beers are as good as they are in the bottle, but at the brewery I got to try a few I'll never see outside of Ann Arbor.
Overall, Jolly Pumpkin is an excellent experience that I'll be enjoying as many times as I visit the town. Service was prompt and helpful, as well as being knowledgeable about the beers and able to make helpful recommendations. Samples are offered as well.
09-22-2013 19:10:50 | More by Brenden
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great location in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking is a little frustrating, and a few passes around the block(s) will likely be in order.
Small restaurant style atmosphere with a 12 seat bar, plenty of seating inside, and a few tables outside. Wood flooring, with earth tones as an overall scheme, and a painted tile ceiling. Large "classic" wooden bar, with a large mirror backsplash with unique antiques on top. Neat chandeliers with kitchen utensils hanging from the side, otherwise a mixture of glass lighting all around (drop down small rusted metal lights over the bar). 7 large prints of JP labels hang from the walls as well.
Great draft beer list with 15 on tonight (would have been 16 but they were out of La Roja). Bottle sales as well, with a few rarities based on being "out of season". I've loved Jolly Pumpkin for close to 7 years now, so this is a joy to be "here" (even though this isn't the actual brew site for many of their delicious brews). Small merch area next to the hostess stand as well.
While there isn't anything that is really unique about the atmosphere of this place, based on beer alone I would recommend everyone visit. I'm not often in Ann Arbor, and won't likely be for a while, but I will certainly come back when I get the chance!
08-20-2013 23:37:43 | More by qcbrewer
3.91/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Some excellent beers... some not very good ones but at least they have 5 or 9 flights to try out the vast selection.
The truffle fries are out of this world. The butchers board excellent - actually anything we've had to eat there has been very good.
The servers are generally students and only ok for the most part.
It's a must visit.
05-12-2013 23:16:35 | More by hotsudge
3.9/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Food: Excellent, I'm not a big pizza fan normally but I decided to give it a try. Well worth it. Above average food for a brew pub.
Value: Pretty average for your local craft brewery. The bottles get a little more pricey, but drafts are not bad.
Service: It seems like everytime I eat at a pub I get awful service. It was a little better this time around, still waited a bit to long for him to check back and get more drinks. Other than that it was about average.
Atmosphere: Dark, but cool. Two stories with an upstairs patio and second bar. It definitely needed to be dusted though. The 'Chandler' (made from kitchen utensils) had about an inch of dust hanging over my head... Nice.
Overall: If your into craft beer its worth checking out. Very unique taste in their brews, and they make their own whiskey and vodka (didn't try them, but heard they are good).
Keep in mind, they don't serve any alcohol they don't make. So no Jack and Coke, or fizzy light lager..
08-25-2012 21:47:55 | More by theecaleb
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
When I visited: March 2012.
What I had: Bam Bière (draught), La Roja (draught), some of my friend’s Bière de Mars, Sauteed Duck Breast entree.
What I liked: Bustling cosmopolitan vibe, awesome artwork, comfortable seating, quick service (though not the warmest), killer draught list with a solid range of styles, kick ass beers.
What I disliked: My duck breast was overcooked, but the rest of the dish (fingerling potatoes, wilted greens, roasted brussels sprouts) was superb.
Would I go back? Definitely.
Overall Rating: 82
07-22-2012 18:11:09 | More by cratez
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was really looking forward to visiting this place since I've heard so many good things about Jolly Pumpkin's beers. The atmosphere is very nice. It has sort of an old-time feel with wooden bars, tables, chairs, floors, etc. which I really appreciate. Decent selection of food and of course a good selection of beers. The food was very good and surprisingly the beers that I had were only alright. I'm not sure what was going on but they tasted different (and not in a better way) than the bottled varieties of the same beers. It took a lot of swishing around in my mouth to get all the subtle flavors out of some of the beers. Service was only ok but the place was really busy, so it was understandable. For the quality of the food/drinks/atmosphere, prices were definitely reasonable.
I love Ann Arbor and I would definitely come back to this place. I would definitely recommend it if you're in the AA area.
03-19-2012 02:59:16 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.39/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Jolly Pumpkin creates some really unique beers and has the best food of any brewpub in Ann Arbor. If you are here at the right time, you have got to try the Baudeliere IO Saison. Really not like anything I’ve tried elsewhere. The taps rotate nicely, and there are JP staples in large bottles at all times. Brew their own liquor here, so don’t expect to find any standard mixed drinks or liquors. Highly recommended, and a really fun feel upstairs. If you’re on a brewpub crawl in AA, this is the place to start and eat your dinner. Only knock is it’s almost always packed and getting a table is tough unless you’re there early on Thursdays through Saturdays.
03-09-2012 19:33:29 | More by BMMillsy
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have visited the Traverse City location of Jolly Pumpkin numerous times and was excited to finally go to the pub in Ann Arbor after hearing so much about it. Came last Sunday for the La Roja Grand Reserve release.
Located in downtown Ann Arbor, this is a awesome looking building and completely how I expected it to look. Inside is somewhat dim, lots of dark wood, awesome blown up pictures of the beer labels on the wall. Upstairs there is an additional bar and “family” portraits of Ron and other random stuff. Love the layout and décor.
The vibe was amazing – they let us come in and eat/drink before getting the bottles and it was bustling and filled with both BA nerds and other normal patrons. The service was excellent and everyone working accommodated our large group with honestly better service than others there. I did not have food, however, everyone around me did and they all gushed about how good it was. I opted for a Bam Biere on tap and enjoyed it thoroughly. The selection was fantastic in the sense they had MANY of their JP beers on tap (the TC location only has a couple normally). I was a bit disappointed they did not have any La Roja GR on tap for the release, however.
Price wise, it was not crazy expensive and cheaper a pint for their JP beer than anywhere else I’ve been.
All in all, I can’t wait to come back and enjoy some food and more beer. A wonderful experience.
12-19-2011 01:27:10 | More by SpdKilz
3.59/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Large and nice place right downtown. Patios upstairs in back, as well as in front. Good sized bar. Bartender was neither too knowledgeable nor friendly with my group, an knowledgeable bunch of regulars. Lots of experimentals on, though mixed opinion about them. Nothing mind boggling on, but still worth a trip to this place and this great little beer city. You can buy all their regular beers here as well. Friendly college town crowd. I do not know how the other JP locations stack up, but nice for me to try other experimental JP beers.
09-05-2011 13:36:34 | More by Sammy
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
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