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.
The first stop on our Midwest brewery tour. Stopped in on a Tuesday afternoon so it was nice and quiet. We were able to grab a table and relax. Nice tap selection of JP products and some North Peak beers. Also available were some bottles of JP and North Peak beers. Food was really good and very well made. Fast service and a nice atmosphere. A little pricey but definitely worth every penny. Without question itís worth a stop.
Stopped in here for lunch while driving through MI. The food was great - local ingredients & quality preparation. The truffle salt fries kicked ass. Beer was also great - I guess I had hoped there would be something odd from JP on tap but I was totally happy with what they had. Lots of non-JP local brews available too. Its a cool little place - Iíll certainly stop by again if Iím in Ann Arbor
Went here on the art festival day (en route to RBSGí10) and met up with a friend from UMich. Friendly service... waitress knew the beer lineup but probably not an expert. Food was great and, of course the beer was mostly excellent. JP is probably one of my new favorite breweries. Iím glad they opened this new brewpub location. Bottles in NY, even for the common stuff, tend to be pricey. Here, it was great. Tasty beer, friendly atmosphere. I wonder how many people show up here expecting normal beer and get their tastebuds confused by funk and sour?
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 didnít have samplers, I was still able to work through a couple of beers, and they did pour me a ísampleí 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 írareí beers on, but in a college town, just having funky beers on tap is already progress, so I canít complain much. I was just hoping for a few more JP treats that I canít pick up at home in bottles (but really, any place that has Bam, etc on tap, is OK in my book). Didnít have stomach space for anything other than the dessert, but if the rest of their food comes close to that dish, Iíd love to stop back for a meal. Also loved the huge prints of their label art that decorate the walls.
Nice place! Good jaunt away from the dumbass college kids that overflow the relatively crappy bars in AA. Decent prices for what seems to consider itself a more "upscale" bar, with an appetizer, pizza, and pitcher of beer with my boyfriend topping out under $25. Oh, and the food? Amazing. Limited menu of beer and food, but boy do they do it right. Staff is very knowledgeable, welcoming, and patient. Setting is nice, spaced out and not too loud, with intimate lighting. Only problem is that the place can easily fill on busy nights. Otherwise, definitely worth multiple visits.
Stopped in the afternoon after the MiBGF before heading over the meet the group at Bells. Since I was among the first in the door, the service was timely and the beer a tad too cold. A good selection of JP / Tortuga beers and a few guest taps but only had two before hitting the road. I had planned to eat lunch there but was not hungry yet. I would give them another go.
kbutler1 (105) North Carolina | August 2, 2010| Updated September 12, 2012
Another road trip stop in down in Ann Arbor. Grabbed a sampler and was again surprised that not all of their regluar beer offerings were on tap. No La Roja?! Really? They also had an assortment of North Peak on tap as well. When I asked the bartender about North Peak and why they had it on tap he really didnít seem to interested in telling me about their association. Got some nachos while I was there and they were AWESOME! The nachos were the best thing I had here, beer included. Cool place but need their regualr lineup on tap and a more lively bartender.
A cool spot right in the middle of town. They have their own line of products on tap (Tortuga) as well as a nice selection of regular JP stuff. The food here was quite tasty - I had a great smoked chicken pizza, a few others had some tasty looking burgers. The space itself it quite attractive - the walls are covered in artwork that is really blown-up versions of the JP labels without any of the writing. There is a lot of wrought iron chandeliers with some fairly medieval looking trim. There is a largish upstairs area as well as a small but bright patio out back (both of those were closed when we were in). Our server was friendly, our service was prompt and she checked back regularly to see if we needed anything. Had an interesting basil-infused frozen lemonade as well. Thereís a lot to like about this place.
An interesting and intimate setting, two floors in a limited space with a patio. knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. The food is excellent and at a great value, just like the beer, which you can get by the pitcher. Truffle-Rosemary fries and a truffle oil with mushroom variety pizza? DELICIOUS!