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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 buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,063 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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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.