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Last Friday, I finally made it to the bar at the new Breslin at NYC's Ace Hotel (you know, the newest place from the Spotted Pig cohorts Ken Friedman and F&W Best New Chef 2007 April Bloomfield) I was really lucky to get there on the early side because by 6 p.m., the place was packed with fashionable folk clamoring for Pimms Collinses and scrumpets and expertly fried, thrice-cooked chips. The pubby feel of the Breslin practically demands that you have a beer, so I chose a cask pour of the Breslin's very own Aberdeen Scotch ale, made exclusively for the restaurant by Brooklyn's superstar brewery Sixpoint Craft Ales. Cask-conditioned ales are served a little warmer than the average draft pour and have nice soft bubbles so that you're able to fully take in all of the flavors and aromas of the beer. The Aberdeen is incredibly round with some caramel notes and perfectly balanced malts and hops.
© Container Store
What does this have to do with 12 Days of Wine Bags, you ask? Well, while sitting in the Breslin waiting for my friend, I was able to really investigate all of the little details of the place—including the excellent little red tartan plaid lampshades, which reminded me of these terrific plaid wine totes from the Container Store. Plaid seems to be a pretty big fashion fad these days, and these let you take your wine in style, too. I'm mostly opposed to paper and plastic bags but these are sturdy enough to be gifted and regifted over and over again. And for a mere $4 a pop, you can outfit all of your colleagues in the office with them.