Site BeerAdvocate app: Sneak Peek & FAQ

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,552) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    If you follow @BeerAdvocate on Twitter, you may have read that we're currently working on a BeerAdvocate app. It's true. In fact, here's a sneak peek of the app from today's staff meeting.

    (left: quickly "Had, Want or Got" a beer; right: Extreme Beer Fest app)

    We've been getting hit with questions from today's tweets, so here's a quick FAQ.

    Q: Who's developing it?

    It's being developed in-house.

    Q: Will it be released for Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows 8, etc?

    Yes. We're developing Web apps, allowing us to create a single application that'll work across all major mobile platforms.

    Q: Do you plan on releasing native apps?

    Not at this time.

    Q: Are you creating just an Extreme Beer Fest app?

    No. We're creating the foundation for all future apps. The first release will be an app for Extreme Beer Fest, which will help us test some core functionality that'll be used in all future app releases.

    Q: Will the app be free?


    Q: What will the app do?

    Initially, our goal is to provide users an easy way to find, rate/review, track and share the beers and places they experience (all of which already exists on the full website) on their mobile devices. We plan on offering much more as the app develops.

    Q: When will it be released?

    The fest portion of the app will be released before Extreme Beer Fest (Feb 8 & 9, 2013). We'll keep everyone posted on future releases/updates.

    Q: Can I beta test for you?

    We're currently not accepting beta testers.

    Q: What happened to Kickstarter?

    We've opted to show people that we're serious about releasing BA apps before we ask for their monetary support. We'll consider revisiting Kickstarter in Q1 2013.

    Q: Do you have an API?

    We're creating an API for the site redesign (used for the app too), but currently it's private. We'll be exploring a public API down the road.

    Note: This is all currently in development. Features and presentation subject to change; and things will change.

    We're also painfully aware of the demand for an app, which is why we felt it was high time to let everyone know that we've been listening, we've invested and we're on the path to making it finally happen.

    Much more to follow ...

    Cheers for your continued support and patience!
  2. madtrixter787

    madtrixter787 Aspirant (267) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Can't wait!

    ISO: BA App FT: BT, CBS, BCBS Rare
  3. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    Great work! I look forward to seeing this develop.
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  4. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    This sounds great, can't wait! I know I may be the only one that still uses a Blackberry, so I hope that doesn't get forgotten... :slight_smile:
  5. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (458) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    As a noob to craft beer this should be awesome. When I'm in a store looking for something to buy I always look on here to read reviews. This would make it much easier and more convenient.
    JHendu likes this.
  6. buddha5050

    buddha5050 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Michigan

  7. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Aspirant (239) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Is this real life?
  8. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (447) Apr 17, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    This will be even better then the beer battery meter!
  9. Bond111

    Bond111 Aspirant (228) Feb 14, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    This is great news!! Hope it goes smooth & we can all use it soon.
  10. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (298) Aug 2, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    GREAT! I'll be looking at my phone all the time now. This could be trouble....
    RobertColianni likes this.
  11. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    Already on the forum 12 hours a day on my phone. This is going to make life so much easier!
    blguillen and mcrago like this.
  12. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (856) Nov 17, 2010 New Hampshire
    Staff Subscriber Beer Trader

    The apps will work on Blackberry devices that have OS 6 or later. Cheers!
    mellowmark and Todd like this.
  13. cjacobsen

    cjacobsen Zealot (532) Aug 26, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    *starts slow clap*
    darkcaat, VncentLIFE and mellowmark like this.
  14. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Very cool! (searching phone for OS#...)
  15. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Hah! So waiting in line for hours to sit on Santa Claus's lap at the mall was NOT a waste of time!!
  16. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
    Beer Trader

    Awsome , a buddy at work was just saying he wished there was a BA app so he could check beers fast he didnt know about , would be nice to be able to scan a bar code and get the rating
  17. BK1017

    BK1017 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Texas

    That's a damn good idea.
  18. Retsinis

    Retsinis Champion (857) Sep 25, 2009 California
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Great news! My reviewing has slowed as of late, and transferring from paper to the site, became a bit of a choir, and I just couldn't get into other beer apps, but am pretty active on FB & the Yelp mobile app, so this will be something I would use quite a lot. Thanks bro's.
  19. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012

    Can't wait!!

    Was ISO yesterday and found an "unofficial" version and passed.
  20. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    So long as I can shoot the shit in the forums, a la a mobile experience, you have my download! Not to mention the GREAT help it will be to have your hads/wants/gots list in a mobile layout when frequenting the bottle shop or bar or tasting.
    davey101 likes this.
  21. Paul68

    Paul68 Devotee (436) Dec 13, 2006 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I think you should charge for it. I'm sure it will need updating and someone to maintain it. Why not put that money to good use.

    I would rather pay for it and have the best damn beer app on the market than have one thats not.
  22. tugg407

    tugg407 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2010 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Can't wait!
    The scan barcode for rating is a great idea. You would have to do a collab with a scanner app.
    hoppusmaxximus and digita7693 like this.
  23. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Aspirant (259) Feb 14, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Ever thought about upgrading?
  24. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Being the cheapest man alive, it's a work phone... :stuck_out_tongue: The only phone I have ever bought was a pay-as-you-go. Ha ha! I would love to have a better phone, but better beer is more of a priority...
    beertunes and Bugs318 like this.
  25. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2012 New York

    On a few occasions I've thought about what I would like to see in a BA app, but the ability to scan a beer to locate a review never occurred to me. That would be FANTASTIC. Not knowing a damn thing about how these apps are developed, I have no idea if that's feasible. But damn that would be cool.

    The biggest reason I want a BA app is because it takes too long to search for reviews when I'm standing in the store with some unknown bottle in my hand.
    hoppusmaxximus likes this.
  26. bribo

    bribo Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 New York

    Scanning the barcode would be an invaluable addition to the BA app. Would LOVE that.
  27. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2007 Illinois

    That option is already out there.
    RyanMM likes this.
  28. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Devotee (414) Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    Not sure you can charge for a web app.
  29. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2012 New York

  30. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    very awesome!!! You guys rock! In combination with Happy Hour Finder, brews crushing will be a breeeeeze!
  31. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Hooray beer!.........advocate app
  32. 451beer

    451beer Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2011 Ohio

    Awesome! Love beer advocate !
  33. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,552) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    True, but not for BeerAdvocate. It won't be in the initial release, but scanning is on our list of features.
  34. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,552) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    You can, but we don't want to.
  35. Flounder57

    Flounder57 Poo-Bah (2,285) Feb 22, 2010 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Apps make things convenient and easier. This should help people out quite a bit. Can't wait to see how it holds up on my windows phone.
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  36. Zach136

    Zach136 Meyvn (1,453) Jun 17, 2012 Georgia

    I'm happy this will be coming out. I'm constantly researching/ticking/posting via my phone, while I wouldn't call it difficult, this will make it much easier.

    The scan by bar code thing is cool, but would require the app to be "native" (downloaded from the App Store/Google Play) as opposed to a "web app".

    I think "web app" is a great call.The ONLY advantage to a native app is use of the phone's hardware features, like the camera and GPS. It would be nice to have the camera feature, but really it would only be a marginal improvement for the huge extra cost associated with developing and maintaining, and most people on BB and Windows would probably get left out of the loop for a while on the native app route.

    The GPS locating is also pretty overrated IMO, considering if you go to whatever Map application you have you can search "bear near my location" and it will bring it all up, and more often than not actually show BeerAdvocate reviews or links to the BeerAdvocate place page.
    Keith_R likes this.
  37. Mscarpen

    Mscarpen Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2011 Tennessee
    Beer Trader

    This may very well be the trigger for the next wave in craft beer mainstreaming.
  38. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Can't wait for the many possibilities.
  39. jaz58

    jaz58 Devotee (436) Dec 13, 2005 Ontario (Canada)
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Happy Holidays to all BA fans. Thanks Todd for the good news. I look forward to the February 8-9.

  40. robinhoover

    robinhoover Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2011 Vermont

    Congratulations on, IMHO, a very smart decision:

    For a community as large and active as this, this really was the only way to go!

    (Actually it's not, but I'm not going to bust your chops over this hybrid approach (the vs. discussion) as it does provide you with some flexibility for mobile-specific features!)

    Looking forward to your progress, but especially any discussion on a public-facing API. A no-brainer for extending your brand and auto-magically creating some great network effects with minimal effort (don't tell your coding team I said that :slight_smile: ).

    Happy Holidays!
    Zach136 likes this.
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