Jolly Pumpkin: Old Mission

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(231) 223-4333 | map

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Added by SpdKilz on 08-18-2009

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JLSIV
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

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Photo of EricTKole
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of MarcatGSB
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of atone315
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.

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Photo of jt31914
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.

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Photo of henrichsj
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!

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Photo of HarmonMW
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.

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Photo of hophunter
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.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
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.

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Photo of pioneer13
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.

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