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Beer Tue May 29 2012

This Brewery Map is not Normal

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'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.

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Zach Thomas / May 29, 2012 2:09 PM

It's also missing the great breweries here in NW Nevada. What gives, yo?

R. L. B. / May 30, 2012 12:36 PM

It is also missing Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland. It looks like they put Thirsty Dog on there twice instead. This map could certainly use some improvement.

Charles / May 31, 2012 3:29 PM

I'm thinking N. Carolina has Western a lot more that what's on there too...

Charles / May 31, 2012 3:30 PM

Western N. Carolina (Asheville area)

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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