There are a few perfect pairs in this world, like a suit and tie, Jack and Diane, and of course, pizza and beer. That’s exactly what Jolly Pumpkin has brought to Detroit! Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery opened its doors on April 11, and Detroiters could not be happier!
The 441 W. Canfield pizzeria and brewery is the company’s fourth location. Each location serves up something unique, but always delivering delicious craft sour beers and artisan spirits and wines. The Detroit location offers 32 craft beers on tap, as well as their craft spirits and wines.
How exactly do these beers stack up against other Detroit brews? These are sour beers. It’s a completely different flavor profile and one that Jolly Pumpkin thinks you’ll like!
Jolly Pumpkin’s sour beer is fermented by natural wild yeast inside of oak barrels for anywhere from three months to upwards of a year, depending on the brew.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales are brewed in their Dexter brewery and shipped across Michigan to their three other locations in Traverse City, Ann Arbor and the newly opened Detroit location.
The pizzeria and brewery is in good company over on W. Canfield, right next door to other craft good makers and suppliers like Shinola, Willy’s Detroit, Traffic Jam and Snug, Motor City Brewing Company, City Bird and Nest. You could certainly make a day out all the shopping and food options!
I decided to stop in last week with one of my friends to try some of this artisan beer I’d been hearing about, plus their amazing pizzas! We definitely left a little jollier and fuller.
We started off our meal with a few samples of their beers until we found the one we liked, the Maracaibo Especial. With so many great options, it’s hard to choose just one, but Jolly Pumpkin understands, so they’ll actually sell you three sample size glasses so you can try a few options!
Next, we moved on to starters. We tried their seasonal hummus, which was a beet hummus with warm pita bread. They brought out the plate with the vibrantly purple hummus and we couldn’t wait to dig in! It was as delicious as it was colorful.
We each ordered a Brussels salad as well. The Brussels is a shaved Brussels sprout salad mixed with dried cranberries, roasted pecans and a light cider vinaigrette, topped with creamy bleu cheese crumbles. It was the perfect start to our lunch.
We filled up so much! I wasn’t sure if I’d have room for the pizza that was coming, but when they brought out the chicken and kale pizza, I knew I had to eat at least a few slices! The chicken and kale pizza doesn’t have the traditional, tomato-based pizza sauce. They’ve swapped that out for a sweet potato cream and topped it with grilled chicken, honeyed bacon, black kale, caramelized onions, parmesan and goat cheese.
We’ll both definitely be going back, and it seems like others will too! When we were leaving the 98-seat restaurant was really filling up; even the outdoor patio in the front was full.
There are a few perfect pairs in this world, and Jolly Pumpkin and Detroit is one of them!
For more information on Jolly Pumpkin and their sour beer, check out their website.
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery
441 W. Canfield
Monday – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.