Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

Jolly Pumpkin: Old MissionJolly Pumpkin: Old Mission
Jolly Pumpkin: Old MissionJolly Pumpkin: Old Mission
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

13512 Peninsula Dr
Traverse City, Michigan, 49686-9717
United States

(231) 223-4333 | map

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Lovely spot just north of Traverse City. We visited late afternoon, and we were lucky, because the wait was 2 hours when we left. Great food, excellent beers, and friendly attentive service make this a superb place to visit.

Jul 04, 2017
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Nice vibe/atmosphere, beautiful location (although you don't get the best view from inside). Service was solid. The JP beer was of course interesting and had a few really nice beers on tap but their "guest" beers (i.e. North Peak) were pretty unexciting. Nice bottle selection with a few bottles I believe are brewery only. Food was excellent. A great place to stop while you're checking out the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula.

May 31, 2016
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simplejj81 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Great sours, and about 8 other beers on tap. $1 for a 5 oz taster of any beer on tap. They only had 4 jolly pumpkin sours on tap, but I liked all of them. esp otono

A bit out of the way, but it would be a beautiful spot during the daylight hours!

Good knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Nov 23, 2014
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troygreer from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A great view can be had from the deck outside, nestled on a hill on the Old Mission Peninsula. But those seeking a true Jolly Pumpkin Tap room and experience, be warned. This venue plays more as a restaurant that just so happens to have Jolly Pumpkin on tap and a large selection of Jolly Pumpkin Bombers.

When you arrive you have to make a choice of having food out on the deck or sitting inside for a beer. We chose to sit outside thinking that we were still going to get the JP experience and considering the waitstaff was wearing JP shirts, we thought we made the right decision. Well come to find out, the outdoor area only had 2 (common) JP beers on tap but had a few bottles to offer as well. They didn't have sampler offerings, nor unique beers. Not really the experience i was hoping for... Needless to say we finished up our lunch (which was enjoyable) and headed inside.

The Jolly Pumpkin bar (not really a tap room) had sampler tray's of 5, but they only have 4 Jolly Pumpkin Beers on tap, so we went with a North Peak one as our 5th. It really doesn't feel like anything more than a bar that serves their beer. Kinda sad with the great atmosphere that they have.

The only real "plus" would be the large selection of rare JP bottles. I was able to get a few that i hadn't seen before

If you have some time for a nice drive on the Peninsula and want a decent meal, it is a good stop. If you are looking for a genuine JP experience, this is not the place.

Jun 19, 2014
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JLSIV from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

A little off the beaten path, but beautiful! Went with wife and loved it. Atmosphere was great, and bar and beer and food was awesome.

I want to bring others to this gem. Cottage like and set amongst a farm like area. Ride in and out is one of Western MI greatest fall areas.

We were there off-season, but still enjoyed it very much. Want to bring my extended family.

More pub like than craft brew, but a good mix for all types…serious beer drinkers will probably know of better beer purist type places, but definitely worth the trip

May 18, 2014
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EricTKole from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This place...

Again same group of 8 touring TC breweries on a Sat(5/3)

Seems pretty cool/rustic in there but confusing in that all I saw upon entering was North Peak swag everywhere. Am I at Jolly Pumpkin or North Peak?

No real complaints here. Kinda middle of the road, clean place cold drinks and food served promptly.

This was the stinker of the joint. We walked in by accident to the restaurant instead of the tasting room which was our desired destination. Staff was rude but directed us there. Tasting room was large but well understaffed for a Saturday afternoon in my opinion. Maybe 20-30 guests with 2 workers. After getting no attention for nearly 10 minutes one of the gals from our group went to the bar and asked how the tastings would work. The bar attendant handed her three menus(or so) explained how many we could taste and then told her(which I over heard) that she didn't know when she would be able to help us. After waiting another 5-10 minutes with no service we decided to go get a pint at the bar. We walked back in the bar and walked past the greeter's stand as there was no "wait to be seated" sign to be found. Which was a problem as the greeters then yelled(yes) at us to wait while they found a table. At this point my wife wanted to walk out and I told her "they sure are making it hard to spend money here", but when your leading a group of friends sometimes you gotta go with the flow. Once we got seated we finally met someone nice, our server who was very pleasant and helpful from that point forward.

Small number of in house beers but was overall pretty good.

We just got aps but the Truffle Fries that I got were excellent

Flight of the Day and fries and out the door for around $15 very good!

May 07, 2014
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MarcatGSB from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Well worth the drive from Traverse City. It's a beautiful drive up the Old Mission Peninsula, and a beautiful location just across from the bay. On site vineyard, that they use the grapes in their own wine for. This location also makes the Civilized Spirits which is under the Northern United umbrella.

The food is fantastic. Really a nice brewpub experience. A good amount of taps, mixed with Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers. Quite a few brewpub exclusives, but nothing brewed in the style of JP, all traditionally fermented products.

They have a great bottle selection there, just about anything (other than the GR releases) is available at this location year round.

Dec 17, 2013
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on 10-7-13 during a week long Northern Michigan trip. Beautiful building in an excellent area, this place is not your average "beer stop". Definitely a place you could go for a "fancy dinner" dressed up, I wouldn't feel uncomfortable in jeans and a hoodie either.

Everyone that worked here seemed extremely friendly and very welcoming. We started our lunch with the Crab Tater Tots, loved them! We also ordered some pints, they had 2 JP Drafts, 4 North Peak offerings and 2 brews from Old Mission Brew Co. (IIRC). They also had 2 bottled offerings from JP, pretty much standard fare. The beers were good, I had a few from North Peak (Diabolical and Vicious) and I finally found a sour the wife likes, Bam Biere.

After our appetizer, we ordered 2 pizzas with the intention of having leftovers for snacks that evening....we were not let down at all!!! I ordered the Carnivore, my wife the Wild Mushroom. Some of the best pizza I have had in a while!

Overall, not a beer destination. However, after spending a day exploring the Old Mission Peninsula, definitely worth a stop for excellent food with good beer on hand to wash it down.

Oct 09, 2013
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jt31914 from Michigan

2.41/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Went to Jolly Pumpkin at Old Mission with high hopes and left horribly disappointed. Our waitress was AWFUL! She had no personality and seemed like it was paining her to wait on us. Furthermore, the brewery charged $.25 for a taste of beer, which in my opinion is quite cheap.

The beer was average at best, which is kind of always how I have felt about the North Peak/Jolly Pumpkin brews (We drank Jolly Pumpkin's Belgian Pale, Bam Noire, and Oro de Calabeza, as well as North Peak's Amber and Wheat).

The selection was decent and the location/building is beautiful and amazing; however, the food was absolutely, outright atrocious! The chicken pasta had a horrible sauce, and rather than using whole chicken breast, the chicken looked like it came out of a can of cat food.

While the selection, beer, and atmosphere were decent, the service and food at Jolly Pumpkin made me embarrassed to bring my family there.

Aug 07, 2013
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henrichsj from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I loved the Jolly Pumpkin. The Old Mission location is buried a bit off the the beaten path but once you find it, you are in for a treat. Very rustic, vintage, cool vibe going on. The two girls working the front were great! Admitted they were not very knowledgeable but very helpful. I purchased warm half-growlers of some amber beer and Bam, a farmhouse ale. Both were delicious however one was $14.99 which I thought was ridiculous. Bought it anyway! Next time I'm in Traverse, I will definitely visit Jolly Pumpkin in Old Mission. Lots of beer to choose from. All, high quality. Great place!

Aug 04, 2013
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HarmonMW from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Recently had the chance to make it to the Old Mission JP location. Atmosphere is unbelievably pretty - right on the West Traverse Bay overlooking Bowers Harbor through the trees. Brewpub is primarily wooden in structure and pretty on the inside as well. Beers are outstanding, as always with JP. My main gripe was the lack of JP offerings on tap - they only had Bam Biere, Bam Noire, and La Roja. There were probably 7 North Peak offerings, and I understand why they're offered, but I'm at JP and want my sours! Food is outstanding - had the sausage and pepper pizza and my fiancee had the goat cheese and arugula pizza which was also great. Reasonable prices. If you're in TC, it's a must visit for the location alone. If they had more JP on tap (like the Ann Arbor location has in my previous visits), it would have been perfect.

Jun 21, 2013
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hophunter from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped here for our first year anniversary. We did a beer and wine tour of Mission point and stopping here was a must. The atmosphere was amazing, tucked away facing the coast of one of Michigan's Great Lakes and surrounded by tall woods.

Inside was just rich with the Old World flair. Hearth stove, thick wooden beams and wrought iron. Gorgeous.

Quality of food was spectacular. There is definitely a push for local ingredients which is something I can always appreciate. We tried 2 pizzas: a wild mushroom and a spinach. For the price it was both delicious and filling, we were able to save the rest for later through our tours.

I also noticed it was very clean and I love it when you can actually view the open kitchen. Something like that just says "we've got nothing to hide".

The beer selection could be a little more, but pleased to see they had beers from both breweries available (Jolly and North Peak)

The service and staff was friendly and helpful.

Sep 01, 2011
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RocPorterFanatic from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here while vacationing on Lake Leelanau, about a 45 minute drive from Cedar. Great old building, all rough cut timber inside, not at all what you'd expect from the look of the exterior.

We had the Crab Tater Tots as an appetizer, and at $9, were well worth it, 5 in a serving, a couple more would have been appreciated, but the taste and quality were top notch.

Menu hasfood from alot of local suppliers. There's a big push in Michigan right now to buy local, and this place does it. There's something on the menu for everybody, from woodfire pizzas to rich pasta dishes, and everything in between.

Beer selection was decent, 5 Jolly Pumpkin taps and 5 North Peak Taps, nothing rare, but a solid selection.

This was well worth the drive, and the money was well spent.

Jul 26, 2011
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pioneer13 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch before continuing on to wine tasting further up the peninsula. Cool old lodge building that feels vintage yet updated all the same. Waiter told us about their Bam Biere farmhouse ale being rated top 25 beers in America by a mens magazine so that was my first beer and I was impressed. Didnt rate it at the time and will not rate it from memory but maybe next time. I also tried the Diabolical IPA. A very good IPA. Above average and I would leave it at that. To eat, I had the warm n cheesy BLT and would definitely order it again. In a nutshell, great beer and really good food.
Bought a cool Diabolical t-shirt and a growler of Bam Biere to go on the way out. The wine tasting was good but next time I may spend more time at the Pumpkin.

May 09, 2011
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gnemesis from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ive made the beautiful drive up the Old Mission peninsula hundreds of times for the scenery but now I find myself taking the short journey just for the JP beer. The atmosphere is best described as upscale rustic. Lots of woodwork, big fireplace, mellow music, and of course farmhouse style ales. The quality of the food and drink has always been good. I stay away from the North Peak offerings that are on tap (pretty average and can purchase closer to home) and stick with the amazing Jolly Pumpkin brews. If you like sours or farmhouse Belgians then you will love these. Service is always decent and the servers seem to know the beer and spirits. Last time I stopped in however the girl selling me bottles on my way out knew close to nothing about the beers behind her... she might have just been a hostess but they should still know things. The selection is always decent (again stay away from the North Peak) and seasonals always tasty. The food is also amazing. The Kobe burger, pulled pork, and the BLT are all top-notch and prepared well. Everyone MUST try the flat-bread appetizer! One of the best apps I've ever eaten anywhere. The pricing is reasonable considering the value of what you are getting. Don't forget to purchase a few bottles on your way out- these are not on the menu but worth getting.

Mar 08, 2011
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goast8127 from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Reviewed 10/21

One of my favorite stops of the entire weekend. Jolly Pumpkin is located along the west side of Old Mission Peninsula. Set amongst many large residences, the restaurant would be easy to miss if not for the appropriate signage.

We sat at the bar and had a few samplers. Our server, Ron, was very helpful and knowledgable about the growing business. The place gave a very lodge-like vibe, with a lot of nice woodwork and a fireplace. The tall windows allowed a lot of natural light to illuminate the inside.

My favorite beer of the visit was the Pumpkin Wheat, a very sweet seasonal with slight, but not overpowering pumkin notes.

Jan 07, 2011
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

2nd stop on our MI beer tour.

Located in a really cool area that reminded me of Deep Creek, Maryland. Pull off of a road and into an unassuming little driveway to a cool looking rustic building.

Inside, sat at the bar. There were probably 6-10 beers on tap, two Jolly Pumpkins and the rest of the North Peak lineup. I had whatever the Autumn from JP is (but loved it), and we split the flight of North Peak beers, which were ok at best.

It was happy hour, and they had a special on the pulled pork (one of my favorites) nachos for $4, so I bit. They were good though not mind blowing.

Though it was a little empty, service was prompt, friendly and helpful - again so were the people we came into contact with while there.

Relateively short stay, though enjoyable. Might stop again if in the area.

Nov 16, 2010
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BehindtheFinBrew from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Tucked away behind the Bowers Harbor Inn on the Old Mission Peninsula north of downtown Traverse City, this was the second stop on a 4-brewery crawl in the area.

The interior is remarkably serene and comfortable with a lodge-like atmosphere and white table cloths. I felt under dressed in t-shirt and shorts. It was an odd dynamic of uber-chic and sports bar as there was white table cloths and cloth napkins mixed with TV's, jeans and t-shirt wearing employees and a Golden Tee machine. Not a problem just out of the ordinary.

The service was very friendly, albeit a little lacking on knowledge of the beer. I requested a bottle that had yet to be chilled as I intended to cellar it for some time. The server did bring an un-chilled bottle but had explained the temperature changes from cold to warm had no effect on the unpasteurized beer. 8 brews were on tap with Oro de Calabaza and La Roja available for purchase in bottle at $13 each. The flight ($10) consisted of a cherry wheat, North Peak Siren, North peak Diabolical IPA, Bam Biere, Bam Noire, a low-cal beer called 29er, North Peak Vicious which was a wheat IPA, and an unfiltered wheat. All were very good. Most of the North Peak beers were eerily similar in taste and color however with most indistinguishable in color from the one next to it.

Appetizers were ordered and both were good and moderately priced. The so-called Truffled French French fries are indistinguishable from their less expensive cousins lacking the trendy ingredient. The hummus was a little bland needing salt and lemon.

Overall it was worth the trek up the Peninsula with beautiful views and a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere with good beer to back it up. I look forward to trying their other location down in Weasel-town.

Jun 20, 2010
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breweski15 from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This brewery was the last on our trip that we made and was well worth it. The Jolly Pumpkin is located on the Old Mission Penisula which was sort of a odd location and away from practically all the other businesses in Traverse City. The atsmosphere was well, as the place was very relaxing and enjoyable.

Ended up getting some food and also a 5 Beer Sample. The samples I got included: an IPA, a Cherry Wheat, a special Cider, Bam Noire and Siren Amber Ale...all which were wonderful tasting and quite enjoyable. They had a few others available which I shall try the next time being up there.

The service was also quite good, we had a girl that was in training but all of the waitstaff was very nice and helpful, especially in discussing a little about the brewery and what to expect in the future.

I think the best part about getting the sampler was the price itself...$6! The price of the food was moderate also, but great at the same time.

All and all I enjoyed going to the Jolly Pumpkin, will return, look for more beers and highly recommend.

May 14, 2010
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dudemuskie from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin Brewpub, Old Mission, Traverse City, Michigan-12/8/2009- Popped in to the Jolly Pumpkin Brewpub up on Old Mission while working in Traverse City for the week. This place really blew the other brewpubs in town away! Another perk were the big bombers of Jolly Pumpkin brews and 6ers of North Peak brews available for carry out at the bar!

Walked in to a relatively empty restaurant area and snagged a high top near the bar. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable on their beers. I purchased an 8 pack sampler with their Ginger, Siren Amber, Majestic Wheat, American ESB, Diabolical IPA, House Hard Cider, Noel de Calabazza, and one other I can't remember off the top of my head. ALL of the beers were delicious, rich, and not one was even close to disappointing!

I picked out the pulled pork nachos for dinner and they were outrageously good! HUGE portions and even the condiments for the nachos were amazing: locally grown cherry salsa and cilantro lime sour cream. I'm drooling just thinking about them! My buddy got a mushroom pizza and thought it was pretty tasty as well.

Because it was slow, we struck up a conversation with the bartender and after a few nerdy conversations about brewing he offered to show us their brewery! WOW. Sparkling copper kettles, a two story still, and an incredibly friendly brew staff (thanks for putting up with us after working such a long day!!)! Once their still is up and running, they plan on stocking their bar with nothing but their own beers and spirits (vodka, rum, whisky, cream liquor, etc...) and if their spirits are half as good as their brews, I cannot wait to get back up there to give them a try!

Cheers to the outstanding staff at Jolly Pumpkin for a memorable visit and a beautiful brewpub!!

Jan 06, 2010
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GordonQuid from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is set back off Peninsula Drive on the Old Mission Peninsula of Traverse City, MI.
A historic site with 6,000 + square footage sitting on what seems to be a 50 acres of grape vines. Very beautiful and rustic atmosphere. The bar lends to an older era; very Steven King.
I sampled many of the Jolly Pumkin brands off of the tap and all were fresh and enjoyable. The bar staff was very knowledgeable and accomodating.
I was given a personal tour by one of the managers and it was very interresting and educational. I was told that Jolly Pumkin will start maiking it's own line of spirits; Rum, Vodka, Gin and wiskey. These spirits are to be distilled on premesis on Old Mission. Very cool.
I was also told that JP was going to be handling some of the brewing and distribution for the local Traverse City North Peak brewery. Also very cool and interresting.
I cannot say enough about the hospitality of the staff of Jolly Pumkin the experince was exceptional.
Many thanks to them. If visiting the TC area the JP on Old Mission is a must.

Sep 04, 2009
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hosehead83 from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Set in a lovely pastoral setting among some rather older pretty expensive-looking homes. The place itself looks a bit mansion-like, and we actually almost went right by it. At the entrance is an upscale bar area, with a rustic dining area off on the side. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable and happily offered sample tastes of their current brews on tap. After some small talk about the establishment, a manager came over, and to my utter, happy astonishment, offered a tour of the actual brewhouse and brewing equipment! He could not have been more polite or accomodating and related many interesting facts of their brewing process and also answered just about anything you wanted to know about Jolly Pumpkin. Needless to say I came away very impressed with both the opportunity and the hospitality I was given.
If you are ever in the Traverse City area, the Jolly Pumpkin in the Old Mission Peninsula is a must!
Many thanks to Gary and Jim behind the bar, and to Jim Demarsh for the tour and great hospitality!

Aug 31, 2009
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I went here with my father and brother-in-law while on vacation in Michigan. I had heard about this small satellite brewery from the main brewery of Jolly Pumpkin which is located in Dexter, Michigan.

This is located behind the "Old Mission" and currently is not fully operational. The bartender (who was very polite) told us how they were still in the process of getting the brewery on site up and running. No matter, the three of us ordered a pint of Bam Bière and instead of staying in the actual bar (which was spacious and decorated nicely) we instead choose to take the pint outside to the deck in front of "Old Mission" and enjoy the beautiful landscape. It was truly relaxing and quite an experience enjoying this fine brew with family looking over a glistening lake Michigan, shaded by the tall pine trees, and feeling the wind come off of the lake.

If anyone is ever around Traverse City, this is a nice little side trip to make. Also, they had numerous Jolly Pumpkin bombers for sale at the bar.

Aug 22, 2009
Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission in Traverse City, MI
Brewery rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 6 ratings