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 mrbeermug:
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Having lived around and frequented the brewpub since it opened, I've seen all sides the place offers.
BEER - There are always rotating seasonal taps, experimental taps that don't get bottled, standards, and new releases from Ron Jeffries' other joint business venture North Peak Brewing Co., which has some solid IPAs. Also got to buy and taste some 6-7 yr old beers from Jolly Pumpkin's first batches thanks to Ron holding a charity rare beer auction from his personal cellar. My favorites have been:
- Spring Sour (1 time only blend of several different beers)
- Raspinnicle - The 2nd in the "Green Leaf" experimental series of non-sour beers, brewed with spinach. Solid, unfiltered, biscuity pale ale. The other two beers in the series were good as well - a kale beer, and a nettle imperial ipa.
- Oro de Calabaza - world-class, lightly sour belgian golden ale with wonderful belgian yeast and punchiness. The best of their regular brews.
- Madrugada Obscura - Wow. Sour imperial stout - talk about breaking new ground in a beer category and doing it well! Phenomenal depth, complexity, and balance and I've still never had any other beer quite like it. Generally only brewed in Feb-Mar, it's still avail in bottles this summer.
- Biere de Mars - big, funky, biere de garde similarly complex to a Oud Gueze and just packed with flavor without being overly heavy. Wonderful beer.
Lots of other beers I like there too...
FOOD - I had lunch with the head chef and talked with her about her philosophy when it opened. She sources as much local/organic/seasonal food as she can and then does things like maker her own kimchi in-house. Very solid food for the price, but definitely a little more pricey than normal brewpub fare.
AMBIANCE - Gorgeous artwork from the bottle label designs, crafty chandeliers and sconces, dark woods, and friendly people abound. Big, spacious outdoor deck for the summer. Well-designed.
08-07-2011 16:33:22 | More by mrbeermug
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.