Pop Chart Lab

If you received any of the Crate & Barrel Holiday catalogs this year, you may have noticed the fantastic beer chart included in the catalog.  I tore it out for Rob who loved it, but couldn't find its source.  Thanks to B, I now know the detailed chart is from Pop Chart Lab, a book editor and a graphic designer team whose goal is to "render all of human experience in chart form."  Whether it is baseball, alcohols, breweries, coffee, or typography, they seem to have accomplished their goal.  You might just find the perfect gift for someone on their site.  All images credit to Pop Chart Lab.

Strange Brewing Co.

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We were introduced to Strange Brewing Co. at Hops & Pie, a funky pizza place in Denver with an unbeatable beer list.  Strange Brewing Co. makes the "Hops & Pie P.A." for the restaurant and this prompted our visit to the tap room for Strange Brewing Co.  It couldn't be located in a more obscure spot in Denver - convenient to downtown and to Invesco, but tucked next to, oddly enough, a power plant.  It isn't glamorous, but the beers are tasty and they serve delicious finger foods from Thursday through Sunday (we indulged in some stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon and french onion soup, both of which were awesome) and for $10 you can sample a flight containing each of their 10 beers.  My favorites were the Cherry Bomb Belgian Stout and the Farmhouse Ale but all the beers were surprisingly good (even the Gluten-Free Lemon Pale Ale, which is the polar opposite of what I like in a beer, was tolerable).  If you live in Denver and enjoy beer, this is definitely a spot to check out -- either visit the tasting room or check out their beers at one of these locations.

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Walnut Studio

I'm not often toting around six bottles of beer or wine, but if I were going to, I'd love to use a leather reusable "Spartan Cartons" from Walnut Studio on Etsy.  If you were going to take a Spartan Carton of beer or wine somewhere, you could easily travel by bike using the 6-Pack Frame Cinch (photo below).  Genius idea and so eco-friendly!  All images courtesy of Walnut Studio.