BeerAdvocate app: What features would you like see?

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    WOB is going to be releasing an app that will allow Loyalty club members to access there list from their mobile device. to save on paper from printing them out. I doubt very much if they will open there system to another company as they almost didnt allow the WOB app due to "privacy" concerns
  2. drabmuh

    drabmuh Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2004 Maryland

    1. Barcode scanner - I understand the potential problems with this but there are workarounds
    2. Beer near me - be able to access barfly based on geographic distance from current location, filter by brewpub, restaurant, brewery, bar
    3. Top beer lists
    4. Access to WANTS (gots probably not as necessary on a mobile app)
    5. Check ins - HADS access - if you are a brew pub their beers available quickly

    Really REALLY looking forward to this....seriously.
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  3. beergrrl

    beergrrl Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2003 New Hampshire

    A location map, so we can see what BA's are drinking at the next table over? Similar to FB checkins nearby friends?

    Tweet your rating for the beer you're drinking and have just rated?
  4. mookihouse

    mookihouse Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    (I) Database for beers I have in my cellar and when consumed marked as consumed. Search function to see list of beer I consumed in a user selected period of time, e.g. show what I consumed Nov 2011 to April 2012 and the total price.

    (II) Database of my tasting notes. The database should be both searchable and sortable:
    - Sort by date rated, sort by ratings, sort by price, sort by brewery, sort by style, etc.
    - Search by ratings, e.g. show me all beer I rated between 4.0 to 5.0 points.
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  5. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (375) Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    Android! And suitable for Ice Cream Sandwich.
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  6. mattlqx

    mattlqx Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2010 Arizona

    I'm looking for an app that I can rate/take notes on the beer I'm drinking and most importantly, has a Facebook Open Graph integration so I can get some aggregations on my Timeline. Most apps out there ignore the social part of beer drinking.
  7. Henamonster

    Henamonster Initiate (60) Feb 2, 2007 California

    Big ups on the app push! Cannot wait! I wish I would've discovered this thread a month ago (reviews of beers and places would have been at the top of the list with the location-based addition of "other BA's in your area." If they (other BA's) are in the bar you could click a "Send them a beer" pop-up.

    Anyway, looking forward to it!
  8. AltonGriese

    AltonGriese Initiate (160) Aug 14, 2010 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Android. And Google+ integration. +1
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  9. ricksrealm

    ricksrealm Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2011 Florida

    For the forum to work. The app force closes everytime i try to load the forum.
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  10. Dcuhel

    Dcuhel Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Wisconsin

    I would like to be able to have a list of beers I've tryed, with my review.
    Event map and calendar.
    Easy beer look up. keystroke, bar code, of label scan.
    Beer deals, and specials near by.
    iPhone user.
  11. brureview

    brureview Meyvn (1,370) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Beer availability in pubs/bars by location- i.e. what is the pub actually serving on tap, and in the bottle. New releases.
    This will shortcut having to visit specific web sites. Also, location and hour info.

    You could charge a monthly fee for pubs/bars to be listed on your app. Good for beer drinkers, drinking establishments, and you:slight_smile:

    In the UK this is already being done:

    I am not sure if this app lists pub info.

    Good example: if I want to find where Heady Topper is being served in Boston, I could use your app.
    Also, a lot of pubs/bars have poor web sites, or their web sites are difficult to navigate. Your app
    could centralize info about local beer drinking.
  12. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (331) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Im past due....iPad app with ability to upload photos, a beer checklist to track what youve tasted and all the other great stuff already suggested. Thanks :slight_smile:
  13. timsamoff

    timsamoff Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 California

    Please make it open source. It would be great to be able to offer/commit changes/fixes as well as make it available on a wide array of operating systems (other than just iOS and Android). For instance, I know a lot of people who could make this happen on the Nokia N9, etc.

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  14. eaweiss

    eaweiss Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2011 Ohio

    I know a good amount of us already use Untappd, so it would be nice if there could somehow be an integration with that app.
  15. AdamPri

    AdamPri Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012

    A simple way of starring or marking beers that you have already tasted so you can access a list of your own personal ratings. Similarly, it'd be nice to mark beers that you want to try in the future with the ability of establishing priority
    ( a numbered queue). Of course, Top 100 and a central, clear way of seeing BA/Bros scores is a must.
    Thanks for everything guys. We've been waiting on an app for a while!
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  16. eaweiss

    eaweiss Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2011 Ohio

    In fact, it would be ideal if you guys could just buy, or buy into, Untappd and combine powers to make the most unstoppable beer app of all time.
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  17. Spider889

    Spider889 Savant (976) Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
    Industry Beer Trader

    I highly doubt that the Bros would consider working a competitor's website into their own app, and considering their appeals concerning cost atm, I don't see a buyout either.

    But it's not a bad idea were the chance for it to happen to arise. I imagine that next to BA and RB, Untapped is the next largest beer rating/social website out there.
  18. shutyourface

    shutyourface Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 New York

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  19. tj12sh

    tj12sh Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2010 Texas

    A way to track beers that I have had and easy, QUICK way to review.
  20. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    A price check feature. You would enter the price you see in a store, and it would show where that price falls in the range from stores of a given area.
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  21. hazmat

    hazmat Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2005 New York

    Another vote for Untappd integration. They have what looks like a pretty comprehensive API.
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  22. mungus

    mungus Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 Australia

    +1 for basic cellar/inventory support. Would dearly love to barcode scan a bottle, and then 'Add To Cellar...'

    Then when I drink it, I can go to my cellar list and hit 'Review!', whereupon the app will take me to a pre-filled review form. Luxury!
  23. AaronBurr

    AaronBurr Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2011 Illinois

    Information to help understand the bottled on dates. Ie how to interpret the code, if it is bottled on or best before, and if best before what the adder is.
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  24. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I'm sure others have mentioned, but a "nearby places" feature and barcode scanner search option are necessities.
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  25. MrHassellYaHurd

    MrHassellYaHurd Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2008 Louisiana

    I'm not sure if it's feasible, but some type of predictive ranking system that takes your previous reviews, rDev%, and your rating trends for particular styles, breweries, etc. into consideration in order to give you a numerical score that it estimates you may give that particular brew had you tried it.
  26. hazmat

    hazmat Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2005 New York

    To further requests for finding beers on tap, the only site I've found that has tap lists that are updated daily is BeerMenus. They have no native app, though their web app works well enough on the iPhone. To be able to integrate that into your own app would be awesome. This is assuming it will be written in Objective C.
  27. kingcrowing

    kingcrowing Meyvn (1,476) Mar 24, 2009 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    The main thing that I would like is an email notification of the beginning of the Kickstarter project, and I'll be willing to donate generously.

    I've had thousands of posts on BA, over a thousand beer reviews, many place reviews/additions, and sadly since the redesign I've started to become less active. Since I mainly used BA on my smartphone I'd love just a mobile friendly view (I've had both iOS and Android phones and tablets). An app would be fantastic but obviously that would be A) More work and B) only cater to one group of users per app.

    EDIT: Dream feature for me would be use your current location mapped onto say Google Maps, then drop pinpoints for all locations listed on BA. I travel for work/fun quite a bit and when you're not familiar with an area and you're just looking at a list of place it's hard to tell if it's a half mile away or 15 miles away in big cities like Orlando or Seattle. That way you could see what places are within walking distance.
  28. kiya

    kiya Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2004 California

    This sounds like an amazing project.
    Any way you can have an email list dedicated to this so we can be notified of the Kickstarter going up?
  29. cdithaca

    cdithaca Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2009 New York

    I would dearly love to see the BeerFly Directory on Android so that when I'm traveling I can find the best places to enjoy craft beer near my location.
  30. HoptimusMax1mus

    HoptimusMax1mus Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Would be great to have the beer reviews and index and the forums available on all mobile platforms. Easy way to update your lists too.
  31. DeLemming

    DeLemming Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2011 Belgium

    • An easy way to enter new beers which are not yet present in the database (name, brewery, style, a photo,...).
    • Quick access to wants/gots lists, easy to add beers to them and to give ratings (I don't think I will be writing full reviews on my phone).
    • View ratings and reviews for a beer.
    I'm an iPhone user.
  32. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (68) May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    What this guy said.

    You should check out the Vivino app for iOS and Andriod. You take a picture of the wine label it opens the wine's page with quick ratings, pairing tips and etc. That, autofill when you are search for a beer/brewery/store/bar (when not taking pictures) and finding bars/store/breweries close to either your gps location or your input would make the BA app really fantastic.
  33. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (6,824) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    You should check out Beer Menus website, they do this very thing for major cities in the US.
  34. artdob

    artdob Aspirant (284) Dec 23, 2010 California

    A bit out of the box here, but would like to see a similar community expanded for whisky reviews. I'm imagining beer and whisky reviews in one app (website). Malt madness.
  35. robinhoover

    robinhoover Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2011 Vermont

    For your long-term sanity, stay away from native apps!

    Since you're going for a complete site redesign you have a unique opportunity to go responsive. Benefits: code once and be immediately cross-platform: phones of all colors, tablets of all kinds, desktops of any varietal, all with the same basic functionality, expanded or collapsed according to the device of course (i.e. same content different user experience).

    While you will, for the time being, disappoint BAers who want access to their phone's hardware api's (camera primarily, geolocation's easy) your content, the heart and soul of BA, will be instantly available and rendered best according to the screen.

    Aren't you guys in Boston if I'm remembering right? Research the work the Globe has done with their site, it's about as modern as a huge site can be, yet eminently doable for a small business too!

    oh, and an API please please :slight_smile:.
  36. dauss

    dauss Zealot (558) Aug 9, 2003 Colorado
    Industry Beer Trader

    Since no one has mentioned it yet, I hope it's free.
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  37. beerthulhu

    beerthulhu Poo-Bah (3,681) Jan 14, 2008 New Jersey

    not at launch but sometime down the road when the technology catches up for those who dont have it ..

    NFC feature...for tapit smart stickers, intergated with the magazine, or for purchasing festival tickets, sharing info with fellow BAs at gatherings etc.

    link for podcasts to main site, maybe covering interviews or beer festivals happenings, brewer interviews

    location service, a seperate feature where you can log in and see where other BAs are drinking and meet up with, would of course be optional and you dont have to broadcast your whereabouts if dont sign in

    and of course the usual, easy access to your hads, would love to see a bar code scanner feature where you could scan the bar code of a bottle and tell you if you had it before..once you start getting into the thousands and labels start to change it makes it harder to remember every beer you had, would be a quicker feature then search.

    easy forum set up clean, Ba mail forward.

    some are a bit far fetched and maybe not feasible on a mobile app but nice to dream.
  38. HattedClassic

    HattedClassic Poo-Bah (2,335) Nov 23, 2009 Virginia
    Premium Member

    I would like this app to allow my phone to pour free beer. If not, I'd a like a beer finder that lists the nearest store to my location that carries a specific beer that I'm looking for or a list of stores that carry that exact beer.
  39. KJabo

    KJabo Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2012 Illinois

    How about a way to share you gots and had lists with other users
  40. Sunhunters

    Sunhunters Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2008 California

    Didn't read this whole post, but personally I'd like to be able to take a picture mid-post and embed it right then and there.
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