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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

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81 Ratings
Ratings: 81
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.67%
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 63
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

311 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States
phone: (734) 913-2730

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(Place added by: Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009)
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Stop #214 on my brewery tour of the world.

Completed a brewpub tour of Ann Arbor the first week of June 2011 with a couple of my beer-snob-drinking friends. Easily shakes out to…

1. Jolly Pumpkin & Arbor Brewing tied and depending on unique vs. traditional beers
2. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
3. Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (very distant third)

We did Jolly Pumpkin as the first stop with the plan to visit again the next day for lunch.

Of all the brewpubs I've had the good fortune of visiting, the interior of this one is among the finest. Very classy, nice upstairs, and they even have a deck off the upstairs back along with a second bar upstairs.

We went with the nine beer sampler and the olive and meat appetizer.

Es Bam
Raspinicle (with spinich!)
Belipago
Wanderer
Siren
La Roja
Bam
Spring Sour
Chocolate Stout

Came back the next day for the amazing truffle pizza, a pint of Bam, and drop some cash on shirts and fancy growler (for my homebrew transport).

I'm a huge sour/wild fan and think Bam Weizen is one of the best beers in the world. Other JP stuff I'm mixed on. To me, their beers could benefit from a touch more carbonation and I find some of the sours (like the spring sour) to finish a bit muddy and lack clear definition.

I tied this with Arbor brewing and make a note that if you aren't all that exploratory with your beer (i.e. English Ales rule!!), then JP may not be your cup of tee. If you're into the unique with beer (and food), JP will be right up your alley.

Yetiman420, Jun 12, 2011
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During my 3 day trip to Ann Arbor I visited this place three times. That's how special their beers are. And clearly the secret is out because every time I went I had to (gladly) wait in line.

Their pizzas and burgers seem to be the most popular items on the menus and for the most part they were very good if not a little greasy. Just to keep it healthy I also had a salad there which I enjoyed very much.

The restaurant is nicely decorated and kept very clean despite how busy they can get. I ate at the bar and at the tables as well and both experiences were very nice. They also seem to do a lot of take out business.

The servers were always very friendly and talked about their beers fairly well. They also made some pretty good recommendations which my party appreciated. A few of them were unfamiliar with sours. A definite Jolly Pumpkin specialty.

Their pricing was only slightly more expensive them what I found elsewhere in Ann Arbor but absolutely worthwhile.

Given the opportunity I would definitely go back.

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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.

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.