Any alternatives to Seekabrew?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by kanderna, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa


    Given that it's beginning to get terribly out of date and doesn't seem to be actively updated, does anyone have any alternatives to seekabrew? There was a really good one called, but folded earlier this year. Thanks!
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  2. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,243) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Good question. I love Seekabrew, too, but it is out of date.
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  3. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    My in-laws recently moved to NJ, so I need to give them a list of beer to mule here for Christmas. I don't want to miss anything!
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  4. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,563) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Ask them nicely if they will make a run up to Massachusetts, pick up some Trillium and Tree House stuff, and drop it off in Waterloo on their way out.
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  5. surfcaster

    surfcaster Champion (803) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    With so many local options for most, the improving quality of those options and a business model predicated on a practice that is illegal in many areas, I would be very reluctant about sending my money to anyone providing this service.
  6. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (141) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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  7. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Aspirant (209) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    From their "About" page:

    The US beer distribution data is a community effort to maintain. It's only as accurate as the updates that get sent in, so if you see a brewery on the shelves that's not on the map, email John and he will add it.
  8. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,563) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    The only border guards I've ever dealt with inside the US were in California, and the only thing they confiscated was a bag of apples. Besides, it's his family, for crying out loud!!
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  9. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (141) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I'm guessing surfcaster didn't even bother to see what seekabrew actually is. That, or he was being facetious and it went over my head.
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  10. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    Yeah, but I've sent them multiple updates and they've never been updated, so I assumed that they weren't actively updating any longer. There are beers that have been in Iowa for years that are not yet reflected on the site.
  11. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,563) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    To the original question: Kane and Carton get pretty high marks around here. I've had some beers from Flying Fish that were very good. Check out the regional forum, where you might find some other recommendations.

    Can you get Grimm and OH in NJ? Just wondering.
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  12. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    Yeah, I'll definitely work the regional forums for NJ recommendations. That use was really just an aside to the original question... if there is an alternative to seekabrew. I love the site for what it is (I'm certain a lot of people do), and use it quite often when I travel myself... it just doesn't seem like it's being updated any more. Maybe it's prime for someone to take it over if the original owners don't have the time.
  13. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,230) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    You might want to take a look at the primary "craft" state-wide distributor's portfolio at:

    And, in central Jersey, the large MC and AB distributors' "craft" portfolios can be found at:

    Many of the same brands are also distributed by the MC or AB houses in the northern & southern sections of the state, as well, of course.

    Lots of the small NJ brewers self-distribute or sell only at the brewery, so check out their individual websites at
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  14. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (205) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    I sent them multiple updates a couple of years ago and they never responded and never made the updates.
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  15. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Aspirant (209) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Oh, well that's just obnoxious.
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  16. surfcaster

    surfcaster Champion (803) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    I blew this one. I had used someone that had a name very similar to order something one day and it wasn't this.

    DUH on me. Neat concept but with so many folks coming on line, this would be a full time job to maintain.

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  17. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (141) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    All good man.
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  18. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,835) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I sent updates that were never posted, but when I commented on it in these forums the owner responded. I sent updates and they were made.
  19. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (739) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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  20. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,510) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Seekbrew is outdated, I'm shocked to know that Upper Ny State gets Buriel beers to any degree. It's not on their listing the last I saw. Only Bestway as I know it sells them here, so there few and far between even in state. So I'd expect there's a lot that falls thru the holes.
  21. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    I like Untappd, but unless I'm missing something it doesn't:
    • Allow me to select a brewery (ex. Ballast Point) and see which states it distributes to
    • Allow me to select a state and see which breweries distribute to it
    • Allow me to select two states and compare the breweries that distribute to them
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  22. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (739) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    OHHHH. I thought you meant Tap Hunter for some reason.
  23. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,332) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    What seekabrew really needs is some volunteer labor to assist the volunteer who created that site in the first place and who is spending time maintaining the site. Sometimes when something is run by only one or two volunteers the real world of work, etc. take priority over the volunteer work.

    Quite honestly I'm surprised it has survived as long as it has.
    #23 drtth, Dec 7, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
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  24. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    Exactly. He/she likely doesn't have the time to stay up to date. Hell, they even state on the website that it will take a community effort to stay updated, but I imagine that even getting emails with updates is overwhelming. They should designate a representative from each state (I'll take Iowa) to keep that state current and give them access to make changes. Email updates could put the state name in the subject line and they could be auto-forwarded to the appropriate rep.
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  25. jojo2112

    jojo2112 Initiate (141) Sep 24, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Or just make it so that anyone can update it (with some sort of review process), like Wikipedia.
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  26. ypsifly

    ypsifly Meyvn (1,024) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    I'm willing to cover MI. I use Seekabrew a lot to help customers understand distribution and where they can find something they are looking for that isn't available here.
  27. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (483) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    FWIW, if you're interested in imported beers [I know that's probably a big if], I have noticed many NJ beer stores carry a variety of imports from countries that I never see on shelves around me in PA. NJ is more of melting pot than many areas of the country, and the beer available reflects that some degree.

    Local hazy IPAs and the like are available too of course, but I'm not very up on them to make recommendations. Flying Fish's Exit # series beers are usually pretty solid though.
  28. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,243) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    That's understandable, given how fast brewery growth and change is in the U.S. right now. I just wasn't sure if he was still active or not.
  29. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,860) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Where in NJ are the in laws.
    In addition to beer they should be mulling you Taylor Ham and tasty-kakes
  30. given2flybrewing

    given2flybrewing Initiate (86) Dec 19, 2008 Missouri
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    Sorry, I was the one who developed It folded simply because I wasn't seeing a whole of lot of traffic to the site and it was costly to maintain. I have however kept the database updated since its closing, so I may ultimately recreate another website, but I need to figure out a way to account for the costs and improve traffic to the site.
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  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,131) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Man, I used to love Seekabrew but honestly, I haven't been on for at least 2 years. Usually if I'm out of state, I know there are only a few shelf beers to be on the lookout for. Mostly locals these days are what I'm muling home and not regional/national distribution beers that just miss my state. Deschutes is the main brewery that still isn't in MD, so I generally grab their stuff when I see it when out of state.
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  32. kfordham281

    kfordham281 Initiate (184) Oct 29, 2005 Georgia
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    Anyone know the developer(s)? I'd volunteer for GA.

    Looks like he/she just needs to give access to write to the Google Sheet that the data is pulled from. You could likely create a Google Form to capture updated data to work from instead of emails or however they are getting updates.
  33. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,250) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Totally forgot about this site. Before local craft beer scene exploded here in New York, used to use this to figure out what extras to send.
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  34. Junior

    Junior Disciple (338) May 23, 2015 Michigan
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    I thought was great. Thank you for your efforts.
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  35. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    Thanks for checking in Jamie. Enjoyed your site while it lasted, and be sure to let us know if you kick it off again!
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  36. kanderna

    kanderna Initiate (169) Sep 8, 2009 Iowa

    I sent a note to webmaster and another contact listed on the site. Explained to them the discussion going on here and sent them a link. Invited them to join the discussion and assured them we want to help. Crickets.
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  37. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (7,028) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    I open my Untappd app. Click on venues. Click on the map. Move it over the city I'm headed to and start clicking on venues.
  38. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Disciple (342) Aug 24, 2015 Texas
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    Nothing similar to that is more updated. Trust me, Ive looked.

    Scour the local forums on here based on the place youre going. And...I always start a forum asking the locals for recommendations about a week before I go.

    Also - to anyone who gets bent when some posts a forum like "Best Bottle Shops in X City" - to you I say: get over your damnself. Who cares if this has been discussed before?! Someone wants to talk about it now.

    And yes - everyone knows there is a search option on here.
  39. McFinniganOfTheFinnigans

    McFinniganOfTheFinnigans Initiate (192) Apr 20, 2017 Florida

    Tap Hunter is neat, but I've checked the tap lists in person compared to their online coverage. Rather off.
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  40. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,230) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The owner of the site used to post here on BA as "FalconA". He's still active on another, similar Beer website* under the same screen name.

    * Sorry, unable to post the name here on BA.