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Up in your mug — Midtown's Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery is offering a "Mug Club" lifetime membership for $85. Using a points system, the membership allows members to earn one point (or 10 cents) for every dollar spent on food or any of their 30 taps. Included in the "Mug Club" membership is a club T-shirt, a club card, and a swag bag containing key chains, stickers, and glassware.

A discount membership rate of $50 is possible if you belong to another local brewery club and consult a Jolly Pumpkin manager. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery is located in Detroit's "brewpub district," at 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-262-6115;

An Oregon donation — Local drinkers will be able to pick up brews from the Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery starting June 1, thanks to local distributors. That'll make it a breeze to sample such bottles as Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA, the seasonal Twilight Summer Ale, and the craft porter, Black Butte Porter.

Middle East in the market — Did you know that the cultures of the Middle East are embedded in our local culinary history? There's a delicious way to learn more: The Arab American National Museum's "Yalla Eat!" Culinary Walking Tour. Participants will be accompanied by a docent who'll chronicle the rich cultural heritage Arab-Americans have bequeathed to metro Detroit. The Eastern Market setting offers great opportunities to discuss the history of Arab merchants in and around the market, visiting immigrant-founded, family-run Arab and Middle Eastern businesses, conversing, sampling, and shopping along the way. These scenic tours are offered 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays from May 30 until June 13, with the next ones taking place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Tours begin and end at Germack Coffee Roasting Co., established by Syrian-Armenian immigrants in the 1920s. Tickets are $20, $15 for museum members, and include the guided tour, tote bag, culinary map of Dearborn, and food samples; purchase tickets in advance at

Thumb a ride — Did you know the Thumb region of Michigan has its own wine trail? It does now. It's called the Thumbs Up Wine Trail, and it runs approximately 275 miles, with vineyards, wineries, a meadery, and a ciderhouse along the way. And it's having its grand opening this week in Shelby Township. That celebration will include a wine tasting featuring 12 Michigan wineries, cooking demonstrations, Packard cars, live music, and food. The celebration happens from 1 to 5 p.m. May 31, at the Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp.; tickets are $25 at

Eastside dabbling — The Dabble in the Farms is back for its third year, bringing together dozens of local wine, beer, and spirit selections for its attendees to sample, along with several Detroit-based food trucks. If food and drink weren't enough, the event will also feature local artists and live music. The Portland-based folk-rock band Fruition, which is set to take the stage at Bonnaroo in June, will play alongside local rocker Dan Tillery. A portion of the proceeds for this tasty event will go to Camp Casey, a Royal Oak nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families. Dabble in the Farms will happen 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Hill, 41 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; tickets provide entry and 15 beverage samples, and can be bought in advance for $40 at, or for $45 at the door.

Get the juice — Julién's Tonic and Juice, a budding holistic juice venture founded by Detroit native Julién Godman in 2012, will continue its string of pop-up events with "May Flowers." The pop-up is inspired by the children's book, Miss Rumphius, which is the story of a woman who sought to make the world more beautiful by planting lupine seeds everywhere she went. Accordingly, Julién's Tonic and Juice will give a packet of lupine seeds to attendees who purchase certain menu items, as well as a free glass of tisane (herbal tea) for any customers who bring a bouquet of flowers picked from Detroit's fields. The event's menu includes waffles and a savory option, along with a secret menu item released the day of the event, as well as all varieties of teas the juice vendor has to offer. The pop-up will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Coffee and (____), 14409 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit.

TV party — You may have noticed that Esquire TV's Best Bars in America has been dabbling in Detroit lately. A recent show featured Berkley's Vinsetta Garage, for instance. That wasn't the only place hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton have visited in town. This week's episode focuses on PJ's Lager House in Corktown, and PJ and the crew are throwing a viewing party to celebrate. PJ tells us, "The kitchen will be open, the episode will play, and we'll party with sets from the Royal Blackbirds and Doop & the Inside Outlaws after the show." Pre-show drinks at 8 p.m., episode airs at 9 p.m., and live music begins at 10 p.m., on Wednesday, May 27, at 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; free.

Moving target — Have you heard about metro Detroit's new mobile coffee shop? It's called Drifter Coffee, and it'll be out and about this weekend, on May 30 at Ferndale Pride, and on May 31 at the Trenton Vintage Market. For more information, see or follow them on Twitter @driftercoffee.

Popping again — Yemans Street, Hamtramck's second fixed pop-up space, opened in late September of last year, and was up and running, hosting pop-up dinners from some well-known chefs, under the guidance of honchos Matt and Corrie Tinker. Then the Tinkers had to go on hiatus for a pretty darn good reason: They had a daughter, and took a few months off to get their little family up to speed. Well, the Tinkers are all caught up now, and they've let us know that they'll be having their first pop-up meal May 28, featuring Salt & Acid. What's more, they'll also be starting up their a la carte brunch program on May 24, with chef Jeremy Kalmus. It's walk-in, no reservations needed, and features creative food that has people dropping in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Other pop-ups coming down the pike reportedly include Jordan Ceresnie, pastry chef from the Root (June 17), John Breeland, chef-owner J.B Chowhounds (June 19), Jared Bobkin, the sous chef at 220 restaurant (June 25), and Eric Voigt, pastry chef @ Big Rock Chophouse (June 27). Also in the works is a visit from Ed Sura from Perennial Virant, Chicago. Order your tickets at, or just drop in for brunch on Sunday with cash in hand. The space is at 2995 Yemans St., Hamtramck;

Grow and learn — The good people at Keep Growing Detroit are offering classes for city residents. They include "Watering Wisely," covering garden irrigation, on May 28, "Taste of Summer," concerning barbecuing vegetables, on June 1, and "Strawberries," with cultivation tips and free plants for members of the Garden Resource Program, on June 2. For more information, see

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