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Editor's Picks: From Cradle To Stave

From books on Brussels beer and brewing with hemp to a handmade bottle-pouring cradle, here are a few recent editors’ picks that could also work as gift ideas.

Jamie Bogner Nov 27, 2022 - 3 min read

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Handmade Lambic Cradle by Eric Smith


Lambic baskets communicate a certain ritual pride in beer service, a contagious aspect of the Belgian experience. Yet these wooden cradles from St. Louis woodworker Eric Smith capture the form and drama of the traditional basket, updating the aesthetic with contemporary geometry. Still, the connections are deep—Smith builds some cradles with cut-off oak pieces sourced from Foeder Crafters. Construction is gorgeous, with contrasting dovetails and dowels securing the sides and handle. The overall design manages to be contemporary without being too precious.

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Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].