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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

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BEER AVG
3.64/5
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann ArborJolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(734) 913-2730 | map
www.jollypumpkin.com

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Added by Hokenfloken on 10-21-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
4
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
64
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
115
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
5.8%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 115
Reviews by rixport:
Photo of rixport
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place rocks. I'm so happy that Ron has been so successful as to be able to put together such a beautiful place to showcase his outstanding beers. Our bartender was awsome.. I think his name was Josh (forgive me, my memory gets funny when plied with alcohol). I can't wait for next year to visit again. We were there about 12:00 and it got busy real fast. We had 10 in our party and everyone was very impressed with the products as well as service. I will post a more detailed review of the beers we sampled on a later post. Awesome place...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Big_Neezy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Daydream816
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jmiah22
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Barracudas
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of indianabeerman
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sexton
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
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 -9.2%
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 +11.8%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of streeter
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of MisterMagoo
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Jas45678
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of aboyd87
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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