Beers by BeerAdvocate, a New App for Reviewing Beers

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by BeerAdvocate, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,679) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Boston, Mass. (March 21, 2019) BeerAdvocate, the world’s oldest and most diverse online beer community, will launch a powerful new app for reviewing ales and lagers in April soon. Available as a free download via the iTunes App Store and Google Play and featuring a beautiful design from Heavy Craft, Beers by BeerAdvocate is the result of more than a year of research and development. Once live, it will put a database of over 8 million reviews of some 400,000 different beers from 18,000 breweries at your fingertips.

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    "We're excited to finally launch the app that our users have been waiting for. Beers will focus exclusively on discovering, reviewing, and tracking beers," says Todd Alström, founder of BeerAdvocate. "It also brings something to our community that's been missing: the ability to easily take and share photos of beers as you're drinking them. I haven't decided what it's going to be yet, but I can't wait to share my first review from the app."

    With Beers by BeerAdvocate, users will be able to review beers, add beers, like and unlike beer reviews, quickly access key details like score, style, and alcohol by volume, share pictures of beers, scan barcodes, and view glassware suggestions. The app will also offer unprecedented new ways to search, sort, and filter brewery beer lists as well as personal beer lists (including performing all three functions simultaneously). Plus, an in-app browser will enable users to view and surf brewery websites without ever leaving the app. Similarly, phone calls to any brewery with a listed number will be possible from within Beers by BeerAdvocate.

    Overall, Beers by BeerAdvocate was designed for efficiency and performance. It works with a single bar of signal strength and to a degree will even function offline. Much of the data is stored within the app so in essence, every person who has it installed on their mobile device effectively has a mini version of BeerAdvocate stored locally. And when data is fetched remotely it’s cached locally on a user’s device, which makes loading remote data and images very smooth.

    In addition to efficiency and performance, Beers by BeerAdvocate was built to be easy to use with intuitive features that you would expect in an app. For example, on iOS, touching or clicking the toolbar scrolls to the top of the current page, while on Android the app supports using the hardware back button. Last but not least, Beers by BeerAdvocate offers users the ability to browse content and search the app without logging in. So when you eventually decide to enter content like a beer review, you can log in on the user tab without losing the context of what you were doing. The beer or review page you were already looking at will still be there unchanged.

    For a chance to beta test the app at the end of March, before it becomes available to the public, join the new Respect Beer Society. To learn about all of the perks and to sign up, visit: https://www.beeradvocate.com/society

    BeerAdvocate
    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate is a global, grassroots network, powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer. Started by Jason and Todd Alström, still the sole owners and operators 23 years later, BeerAdvocate welcomes registered members along with millions of new visitors each month, who all contribute in various ways to help make our community the go-to resource for beer. For more information, visit https://www.beeradvocate.com and follow @BeerAdvocate on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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  2. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,315) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    Cannot wait to test this out!!!
     
  3. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,626) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    This is awesome!
     
  4. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Defender (684) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    I trust BA reviews/ratings way more then Untappd, so I like the idea of being able to efficiently pull up beer ratings. I often pull up reviews as I'm shopping for beer.
     
  5. meanmutt

    meanmutt Meyvn (1,110) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
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    I'm excited to try this app!
     
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  6. guzzleacoldone

    guzzleacoldone Disciple (338) Feb 3, 2007 Ohio

    Question
    Will current reviews and ratings under existing BA userids translate from the web to the app and vice versa?
     
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  7. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (2,532) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I’m excited to try it. I zoomed in the photos above to get a sneak peek and noticed the review featured says “I hope I’m reviewing the right beer.” Might wanna pick better promo photos. :wink:
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (673) Nov 17, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Yes.
     
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  9. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Yesssss....
    Super stoked!
     
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  10. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Meyvn (1,100) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    Would love to know this too, but I’m guessing only for society members.
     
  11. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    @Mike already answered with "yes." The app and website use the same data.
     
  12. ndepriest

    ndepriest Aspirant (207) Feb 21, 2012 Georgia
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    So...Untappd?
     
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  13. AyatollahGold

    AyatollahGold Meyvn (1,100) Nov 28, 2016 Indiana
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    Thanks for the quick response. That hadn’t loaded yet. I see it now.
     
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  14. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Nope. It's an extension of what we've been doing since 1996.
     
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  15. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Pffft
    Please, Untappd wishes they had a community (family) like this. :beers:
     
  16. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    Cant wait to try out the new feature of snapping a photo and posting it without all the hassel. Great thinking guys! :beers:

    Now to make adding a photo of a new beer easier... :thinking_face::wink:
     
  17. ndepriest

    ndepriest Aspirant (207) Feb 21, 2012 Georgia
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    I hope that's true. I certainly don't need another app that's just people posting pictures of hazy IPAs.
     
  18. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Champion (811) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    This is true, but everything doesn’t need to be a competition.

    @Todd will the forums be able to be accessed through the app?
     
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  19. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    The forums won't be a part of this app release.
     
  20. Electros

    Electros Meyvn (1,251) Feb 20, 2007 Ontario (Canada)

    Sweet!
     
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  21. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Champion (811) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the future. :wink:
     
  22. guzzleacoldone

    guzzleacoldone Disciple (338) Feb 3, 2007 Ohio

    Awesome.

    Can't wait to see it
     
  23. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    It's definitely on our radar and something we'd love to tackle.
     
  24. sephraes

    sephraes Initiate (31) Nov 4, 2015 Illinois

    Will this have the ability to track which breweries you have been to as well? This is something missing from every app except Brewery Passport, which is only on iPhone after botching it on Android.
     
  25. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Savant (965) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    So is this strictly a rating and reviewing app?
    Along with including a large database of information for the masses about beer, of course.
    Will WBAYDN serve as the purpose for posting a picture in the app?
    :beers:
     
  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    For the most part, yes. The initial focus will be as detailed in the post.
    You will be able to see what people are rating/drinking now with some basic engagement.
     
  27. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Champion (811) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    This is what I was hoping for too. At least share usage so we don’t need a third party image hosting site.
     
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  28. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    @Mike can better speak to this.
     
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  29. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,043) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Bring it!
     
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  30. generallee

    generallee Poo-Bah (2,302) Apr 5, 2008 Virginia
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    Sweet!!! I can't wait to try it out!
     
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  31. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (673) Nov 17, 2010 New Hampshire
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    You will be able to upload your photos directly to BeerAdvocate without the need for a third party image hosting site.
     
  32. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,362) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    If nothing else, I am excited for increased traffic for beer rating/reviewing purposes. BA has always been my primary beer resource, so it's frustrating when you're looking up a beer, and there are no ratings, or the beer is not even on the website.

    Looking forward to testing/downloading as soon as possible.
     
  33. johnInLA

    johnInLA Champion (834) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    I'm convinced. Looking forward to being a beta tester.

    Are there any changes to the rating system planned? Or will we be staying with the current five criteria system?
     
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  34. SnugTeam6

    SnugTeam6 Initiate (84) Apr 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    The old app from way back when was pretty poor, but it seems like all of concerns from that were addressed and then some here.

    Can't wait, looks great! :slight_smile:
     
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  35. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Thanks! No planned changes, but we're always open to feedback.
     
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  36. SnugTeam6

    SnugTeam6 Initiate (84) Apr 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    @Todd does the app natively support the iPhone XS Max screen at launch?
     
  37. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,394) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    It was a tiny thing, but the old app had an autofill/correct feature when searching for a beer. Hope that comes back.
     
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  38. johnInLA

    johnInLA Champion (834) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    I was hoping you would say that. :slight_smile:

    Personally, I like the current rating system.
     
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  39. brewandbbq

    brewandbbq Poo-Bah (2,678) Apr 24, 2003 New Hampshire

    Will they still have to be sized, etc for uploading as they have to be currently ?
     
  40. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,690) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Nice, now makes having beer pictures more important, hate to pull up a beer on my phone with that grey scale image.
     
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