After moving to the “country” last March, I began paying closer attention to the birds that were flying around the yard visiting the feeders and eating off the trees and other plants. I was googling birds (looking for not only photos, but also sounds).
Not being able to identify many birds beyond the robin, cardinal (male and female) and bluejay, I quickly invested in “Birds of Michigan” field guide by Stan Tekiela, and began marking pages with post-it notes as I observed and identified different species. Among my most treasured “viewings” was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers who came by for several visits over the course of the year. Sadly, there are only about a dozen other birds marked off in my book so far, so I have a lot of work cut out for me as the warm-weather season progresses.
When Ron Jeffries, president, co-founder and master brewer, started Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in 2004, he solidified his space in the craft beer industry as the first brewer to create a full line of sour ales aged in oak barrels and has since earned international attention. He and Jolly Pumpkin are about to grab our attention once more.
Six years after Jeffries’ coveted beers inspired both Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery in Ann Arbor and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales brewery in Traverse City, Detroit will welcome a new concept centered around the widely-known brand.