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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
Based on:
4 Beers
58 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
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 by adamette:
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just found my notes recorded the day of my visit:

Read about this place on BA and on the Jolly Pumpkin web site. They celebrated their one month "anniversary" last night according to the greeter. Great location in a thriving business area of walk up coffee shops, artist's studios, U of M souvenir shops, next door to an Indian cuisine restaurant.

Atmoshphere: Just very comfortable. Hard wood surfaces, large leather covered bench seats against the wall with standard wooden chair opposite the bench. Very clean, modern but also has a 40's speakeasy style of low hanging, dim lights. Love the JP signage in its black and white simplicity. Really nice framed images of several of their beer's label graphics. Could they be originals?

Service: Excellent. John M. was our server. Friendly, attentive, conversational on a reasonably slow Thursday afternoon. He helped with identifying the beers as he brought them to me and was available for some light discussion about it. He also accepted praise (for the beer) graciously.

Value: Good. Sandwich with fries, wife's chicken Asian salad, several beers from draft came to $36 before tax. It is just reasonable. 750 ml bottles were $13 from what I recall.

What follows are memories that I recalled the other day: Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.

Atmosphere A very modern setting in an extremely new location, probably a few weeks old, they told me that they are planning on brewing on location soon but for now they are apparently delivering beer from the brewery location elsewhere. Anyway, very nice dark wood features, brushed metal fixtures and displays of kitchen like utensils arranged in decorative patterns on the wall but also forming impromptu light fixtures which were really cool. Large coolers near the entrance display the JP beer bottles and there is a long bar to the left as you enter with all of the on tap beers but also bottles for sale. Large framed images of the beer label art are interesting for anyone familiar with the label art. 4.0

Quality Very good. Not only the quality of the available beers but the quality of the atmosphere, service were high. 4.5

Service Very good as mentioned above. Our waiter was patient and accommodating and everyone else that we interacted with were very good with service. I even mentioned that I was something of a beer fanatic and that was met with enthusiasm. 4.0

Selection Well having several JP beers on tap as well as several guest beers on tap makes the selection very good indeed. The place offered mixed drinks as well but I was there for the beer. 4.0

Food There was a chef on staff at the time of my visit and the salad that my wife and I ate was very good indeed. I could tell that the quality of the food is very high indeed. 4.5

Value Just fine. I do not recall our bill but I think that it was reasonable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aboyd87
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of diamond_mind
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Of course the beer is great, the service and atmosphere was just ok.

Photo of loganburgh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DavidRandall
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of JasonR1975
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of irish6174
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rjcoy06
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DrBobPierce
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of swtchuck
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KornWallace
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.