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Beer Tue May 29 2012
Pop Chart Labs, Brooklyn-based makers of awesome maps, diagrams and other cool things to hang on your wall, just released their latest: Breweries of the United States.
The map marks the locations of more than 1,000 breweries big and small, including Chicago's own Argus, Finch's, Goose Island, Half Acre and Metropolitan. There are more in Chicago, of course -- I'd have included 5 Rabbit and Revolution, at least, and perhaps northwest suburban Wild Onion -- but that's relatively good coverage. Not comprehensive, but good.
However, there are two prominent nearby breweries that somehow got left out. Three Floyd's and Founders are missing, despite taking first and second place, respectively, on RateBeer.com's 2012 Best Brewers list. Their beers are coveted by beer geeks across the land, and it's impossible for a conversation about craft beer to not reference one or both of these great breweries. It makes you wonder what other important breweries were missed. UPDATE: I can't believe I didn't notice earlier: Two Brothers is also missing, and Flossmoor Station arguably belongs on the map as well.
Fortunately, we're not the only ones who noticed, and Pop Chart Lab tweeted today, "We know charts & infographics; you guys *clearly* know your breweries. Rest assured we're making corrections before prints are shipped." There's a Reddit thread collecting suggestions for additions and fixes. It looks like Pop Chart Lab got most of the recommendations onto the new map:
The poster, with amendments, will begin shipping June 4. It's available for pre-sale now for just $24, and will be making appearances on the walls of your favorite bar soon.