Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 62
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Shumista:
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had been meaning to stop in here for a while and finally got around to going for dinner last night. Managed to make it in just early enough that we didn't have to wait for a table. Very cozy, dark atmosphere inside. Large framed bottle art from the JP beers on the walls.
The selection of beers was a little less than I expected. Four JP beers on a tap, some North Peak, and a chocolate stout from Tortuga Ale Company. Another couple bottles of JP and some others that I don't remember. That being said all the beers my table ordered were very good from the chocolate stout to the sour brown. Reading through the reviews before our trip I noticed one reviewer complained that they were charged for samples of beer. This was not my experience. Our waiter was happy to give my girlfriend a few samples of beer at no extra charge. So, I'm not sure what the standard is here, but my experience was that they do not charge for samples. It's possible they got enough complaints about how cheap they were being that they stopped charging for them.
The food was all very good. My table ordered two pizzas and the grilled cheese. The pizza was very good and the grilled cheese was excellent. The food was a bit pricey, but the drinks were pretty reasonable so it all evened out in the end for a reasonable bill.
Overall a great experience and someplace I will return when I feel like a change of pace from my usual routine.
02-07-2010 03:28:51 | More by Shumista
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I have been to Jolly Pumpkin several times over the years. It is my second stop after Ashley's. It has a very unassuming facade. I have actually walked by it and missed it. (The beers at Ashley's may have played a role.) You walk in to a hostess stand with merchandise along the wall. There is a bar to the left which is where I always set unless it is packed. Then I go to an almost identical bar upstairs.
The food has been great on every visit. I have had several of the sandwiches with the lamb and pork shoulder ones being my favorites. My friend has gotten a pizza and I tried a slice. It was good, too. The truffle fries are a must try. The service is generally good. Of course, I usually go after witnessing the Wolverines destroy an opponent in football, basketball, hockey, or baseball, so it is packed.
The beer is fantastic with Noel de Calabaza and Marcaibo Especial being two of my favorites. They also have North Peak beers on tap if saisons and sours are not to your liking. It is a great place, and I recommend it to everyone who will listen.
04-06-2014 13:49:32 | More by buschbeer
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.