The curse of the designer: You sit at the bar quaffing your favorite brew after a long day at the studio, then the light hits the stein just right... and you start wondering what the C, M, Y and K numbers are of this particular beer. Well, wonder no more—the Beertone color reference guide aims to do for beer what Pantone has done for everything else in the world: Assign it a specific color value.
For now the Swiss-based venture has only quantified Swiss-made brews, but they've got plans to expand beyond their borders and are taking suggestions. There's no word on when the 200-plus swatch booklet will begin shipping, but they're taking pre-orders right here.
Portland, OR, you must check out Hippo Hardware, a sprawling store filled with new and old (and very old) bits and pieces of, well, hardware. Drawer pulls, toilets, windows, lamps, anything for a house. It's like a cool Restoration Hardware.