Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann ArborJolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
BA SCORE
56.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.81 w/ 64 ratings
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann ArborJolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
PLACE INFO

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

311 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States

(734) 913-2730 | map
jollypumpkin.com

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Added by Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
4
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
64
Liked:
36
Average:
3.81/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
86.7%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
120
Liked:
104
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have visited the Traverse City location of Jolly Pumpkin numerous times and was excited to finally go to the pub in Ann Arbor after hearing so much about it. Came last Sunday for the La Roja Grand Reserve release.

Located in downtown Ann Arbor, this is a awesome looking building and completely how I expected it to look. Inside is somewhat dim, lots of dark wood, awesome blown up pictures of the beer labels on the wall. Upstairs there is an additional bar and “family” portraits of Ron and other random stuff. Love the layout and décor.

The vibe was amazing – they let us come in and eat/drink before getting the bottles and it was bustling and filled with both BA nerds and other normal patrons. The service was excellent and everyone working accommodated our large group with honestly better service than others there. I did not have food, however, everyone around me did and they all gushed about how good it was. I opted for a Bam Biere on tap and enjoyed it thoroughly. The selection was fantastic in the sense they had MANY of their JP beers on tap (the TC location only has a couple normally). I was a bit disappointed they did not have any La Roja GR on tap for the release, however.

Price wise, it was not crazy expensive and cheaper a pint for their JP beer than anywhere else I’ve been.

All in all, I can’t wait to come back and enjoy some food and more beer. A wonderful experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of heddar33
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of JDoHo
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
4.39/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Big_Neezy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I like the vibe of JP-A2 but damn, this place is just expensive. Happy hour here is just as expensive as ithe regular menu elsewhere so there isn't true value for dollar. Do they make an effort for the money? Yes, but it's still a budget buster come time to pay the bill. $7-10 glasses of beer, and you better enjoy sours because that's what they specialize in. The stout was watery week but the red ale showed real promise. There is a relationship with North Peak, not sure if they own it, but that's primarily what is available, and I'm not a huge fan of North Peak. Maybe they're due a redemption visit but not any time soon. A2 has too much going on.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Daydream816
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jmiah22
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sexton
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great sours. Definitely best in the state of Michigan.

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Photo of 98green
3.76/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of king75
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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).

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of streeter
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI
Brewery rating: 56.3% out of 100 with 64 ratings
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