True story: I love to Google random word combinations that involve beer. And by doing so, I stumble across some pretty awesome (and some not-so-awesome) things. So I have decided that, from now on, I am going to start posting my awesome discoveries on Drink With The Wench in the category I am calling FTW — aka For The Win.
Today’s awesome internet discovery comes to us via Pop Chart Lab. They recently developed what they are calling the most comprehensive map of breweries in the U.S. The print measures in at over seven square feet, boasting over 1,000 breweries from craft to macro and everything in between. Each poster is signed and numbered by the artists, from an edition of 1000.
My only concern is that the Brewer’s Association released data for 2011, which stated that the U.S. has 1,989 operating breweries and another 855+ craft and nano breweries in planning. So although the map is extremely well-made and comprehensive, it is also important to note that it may not include every single brewery in the country — in fact, many of the larger and more well-known craft breweries have been left off.
Pop Chart has recognized that it did have some errors on its chart and is currently crowd-sourcing updates to the map on its Facebook page. So, if your favorite brewery is missing, make sure to give them the heads up!
I hope that they could put something like this into an easy to read, folding map version for the car — because nothing is more fun than taking beer-themed road trips. I wish I had this map the two times I drove across country, would have saved me a lot of time and energy trying to figure out where to go!
Last comment, you can’t really beat $30 — especially for something as detailed and as big as this (even if it isn’t entirely comprehensive and correct). It would make a great gift for anyone who loves craft beer — and would look awesome framed and displayed in bars.