Any time I travel, I look for local brewpubs and breweries. So a few weeks ago I added a section of links over in the right hand column called “Find local beer.” I used to reference the listings on beertown.org but have since fallen in love with the beer mapping project, which takes the static listings on beertown a step further by pinpointing brewery locations on interactive google maps.
Last Saturday we drove from Washington D.C. to Emerald Isle, North Carolina, so I used the beer maps to find a brewpub where we could stop for lunch on the way down. Bingo, we hit Ham’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Greenville, NC where we had a quick sandwich and a sampler of excellent beers.
I just found another cool tool that lets you find locally-owned bookstores, coffee shops, and theaters. It’s called “delocator.” Like the beer maps project, it relies on users to help create the content, tapping the vast “local” knowledge databank of the population at large to develop a very comprehensive and up to date resource.
This means you have no good reason to ever visit a Starbucks or Barnes and Noble ever again.