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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann ArborJolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
BEER AVG
3.58/5
Based on:
4 Beers
29 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 45
Visits: 108
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
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: 45 | Visits: 108
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,505 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sexton
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great sours. Definitely best in the state of Michigan. (54 characters)

Photo of 98green
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Went at 7 on a Saturday. Place was packed, but was able to get 3 seats at the upstairs bar. ~12 of their beers on tap. I'm not a sour fan myself (my companions were), but they do have North Peak (same owners) beers on tap for more traditional styles. The menu is slightly upscale bar fare. I had one the pizzas. The crust was awesome, but the sauce was a bit bland. (365 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Cool upscale artisan vibe in a dark wood, vintage bar setting. Top-notch local farm-to-table food that generally pairs well with many Jolly Pumpkin beers. North Peak beers and civilized spirits available as well. Great vegan desserts, cool merchandise options and beers to go. (279 characters)

Photo of king75
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Glad I finally stopped in here! The quality of the beer is spot on, if you like sours or are thinking about trying sours this is the place to go. The only knock is that the service is not great. I did not have food while I was there but it looked good and smelled good. (269 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On a Tuesday afternoon, during spring break, this place was quiet and chill. There were a handful of other craft brew enthusiasts, and a cool alt rock / indie rock playlist. The bartender was cool, and friendly, and cute (in that hipster-punk kinda way), but she seemed either overwhelmed or distracted - to be fair there was some kinda plumbing issue going on behind the counter. There was a solid selection of a dozen or so beers on tap, mostly Jolly Pumpkin, but also a handful of other brewers in the Northern United Liquid Libations group. The food was tasty, although the prices were on par with city levels. Overall a place I'd like to visit again; however, I could also see this place being crazy packed on any given weekend (it is in the heart of U of M's campus afterall). (782 characters)

Photo of aussiebeer
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of streeter
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pretty cool place. My girlfriend and I stopped in for lunch and a beer. Food was really good (had the nachos and a cheese plate) and some delicious seasonal beers. They have a pretty good selection of their own beer and North Peak's. The burgers/sandwiches also looked awesome. Only complaint would be that if you didn't want a sour beer (their specialty) then your options would be much more limited. But really if you go there just know what you're going for (great food + sour beer) and you won't be disappointed. I will be returning, perhaps for one of those burgers. (571 characters)

Photo of MisterMagoo
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Jas45678
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of aboyd87
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5

I have mixed feelings about JP. A few years back, the brews were unbelievably good. But more recently in the past 2-3 years, the beers taste rushed and not aged long enough. There also has been times where I'd travel to this brewery, and they would have 1 or 2 JP beers on tap, while they have 10+ north peak beers.

Also, the food is INCREDIBLE. This alone keeps me coming back over and over again. (400 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of advent
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of diamond_mind
3/5  rDev -27%

Of course the beer is great, the service and atmosphere was just ok. (68 characters)

Photo of loganburgh
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DavidRandall
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of JasonR1975
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Great food, nice mix of Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak brews, always some pub only stuff pouring as well. (103 characters)

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