Nice multi story bar on the trendy main street. Service was decent and they knew about beer. Selection was a ton of JP as well as their other regular brews. Food was fantastic and very nice high end bar food. Prices were good and they had tasting flights. An overall solid place to go that I would be happy to visit time and time again.
Nice spot in downtown Ann Arbor located a block from a parking garage. They had about a dozen things on tap including 6-7 sour beers which is the hallmark of Jolly Pumpkin. The bartender knew a lot about the beer and had a couple of good recommendations and helped with the order. the food was very solid, especially the pizza. They also have another bar area on the second floor as well as a rather expansive patio also on the second floor.
Insanely packed on a Saturday night. Even more so than the other downtown places. Did not try the food. Bartenders did as well as you can expect considering the business. Lots of great beer on tap including some rarities. Not cheap, but good prices for the quality. Would love to go again at a slower time, but, a worthy stop.
Large and nice place right downtown. Patios upstairs in back, as well as in front. Good sized bar. Bartender was neither too knowledgeable nor friendly with my group, an knowledgeable bunch of regulars. Lots of experimentals on, though mixed opinion about them. Nothing mind boggling on, but still worth a trip to this place and this great little beer city. You can buy all their regular beers here as well. Friendly college town crowd.
As we didn’t have time to go out to the newer brewery/taproom in Dexter...and never having been to this original location...we stopped here after a visit to Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. This is an especially cool old bar with a lot of character. I love the custom customer mugs hanging from the ceiling. The were a number of standards as well as specials when we visited this past Friday. The Bam Noire is probably the finest of their standards in my opinion...and the Diabolical is close behind. The scene stealer though was the limited addition La Vida. This is a must stop for sour fans...they also have some really nice crossover and introductory sours. I look forward to getting to the brewery on my next visit to the area.
Easy to find location during 4 brew operations within 4 blocks visit. Nice clean location with two levels. I went upstairs and sat at he bar. Same good selection with tap only brews from JP. Did not have a chance to eat. I will try again when in area for summer fest.
In town for a brew pub crawl and JP was on the list...Pretty non-descript front, easy to walk past. A huge bottom floor that looks mostly restuarant style seating with a pretty nice bar. A big case of JP beers when you walk in, just regular stuff though. We went upstairs to the bar part and sat at the bar. Nothing super special up staits, a big barrel that is sorta cool...The selection of beers was pretty disappointing frankly. They had 8 taps and 8 bottles, 80% percent where JP beers. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you are going to have your beers at least have some stuff that is not readily available. Basically everything that they had I could get in Chicago. The Bar Tenders were nothing special, not super friendly or knowledgable.
Hit up JP Ann Arbor on a Wednesday that happened to include some sort of large scale street festival or art show or something. Which meant parking on Main Street was not possible due to the street being closed to traffic. Managed a spot nearby, fed the meter, and headed over to JP. Walked in to a slightly dim but beautiful establishment, soft colors and dark rose hued wood. Pulled up to the bar and though they didn’t have samplers, I was still able to work through a couple of beers, and they did pour me a ’sample’ pour of things for a buck or two. Started with one of the gluten free ones, which was a lot better than expected (Belipago), before moving on to the Tortuga chocolate stout, which was quite nice. The gluten free sour however, not too good. What was good though was the apple fritters with coconut milk ice cream. Service was good, but we were certainly not there on a packed day, and it was close to staff outnumbering patrons that afternoon. I was personally hoping for a few more ’rare’ beers on, but in a college town, just having funky beers on tap is already progress, so I can’t complain much. I was just hoping for a few more JP treats that I can’t pick up at home in bottles (but really, any place that has Bam, etc on tap, is OK in my book). Didn’t have stomach space for anything other than the dessert, but if the rest of their food comes close to that dish, I’d love to stop back for a meal. Also loved the huge prints of their label art that decorate the walls.
2011-11-12. Cozy feel as soon as you walk in the door, tons of Jolly Pumpkin art on the walls. Very cool old building reno. Busy downstairs so we opted to sit upstairs at a high top. Server was very informative and knew a lot about the beers. He seemed to vary between very friendly to a bit distant which was odd, but I will chalk it up to it being busy. Food was fantastic. We had a porchetta sandwich - full of tender thin sliced pork on a fresh bun - and a Hawaiian pizza that takes the concept to a new level. Much better than pub grub, a pleasant surprise. Beer selection had fewer of the JP sours on than I would have liked, but had a good number of them some nice stuff and a decent selection of styles from North Peak as well. We picked up a few bottles to go and the prices were reasonable but mostly available cheaper if you plan to do bottle shopping, but I wanted to make sure I got them. Definite must stop in Ann Arbor for the food alone, and my first choice of the three beer bars I have been to in Ann Arbor.