Brewery Websites

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  1. Caitlin3894

    Caitlin3894 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2017 Wisconsin

    When looking at a brewery's website what are you usually searching for? Tap lists, beer information, brewery hours, etc.
  2. Wasatch

    Wasatch Grand Pooh-Bah (5,344) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Tap lists.

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  3. Dutchcraftbeergeek

    Dutchcraftbeergeek Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2015 Netherlands

    Tap lists, beer information, that's about it.
  4. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,609) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Everything above and merchandise.

    I've ordered some beer glasses from a couple breweries online. I've thought about ordering some posters, but until I have a dedicated beer drinking cave, that probably won't happen.
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  5. Selby56

    Selby56 Aspirant (291) Nov 12, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Local breweries or breweries I plan to visit: tap lists, food menu, merchandise. Maybe tour hours.

    Out of state breweries that I like: distribution/new beer release info, merchandise.
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  6. jhavs

    jhavs Grand Pooh-Bah (3,481) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    I usually look at the website to check the hours and to see what is currently available on tap and/or to take home.

    Also, events calendars for special releases/events and sometime check for food availability/options.
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  7. FonyBones

    FonyBones Devotee (334) Dec 19, 2015 New York

    Always a plus when the site displays nicely on a smart phone.
  8. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Does anyone remember the name of the brewery that had the website that would take you to this if you answered "no" on the "are you 21?" question?

  9. BeerPugz

    BeerPugz Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2016 Wisconsin

    Beer schedule
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  10. Lucular

    Lucular Grand Pooh-Bah (3,706) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    Tap lists, hours, and whether flights and/or samples are offered.
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  11. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I don't use websites often, but when I do it's looking for business hours, and usually because the hours were not found on Facebook.
  12. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Coupons. Sadly, it seems more miss than hit.
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  13. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,378) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    haha - made me think of the snarky answer: To get pissed off at a computer carding me.

    But really, I usually go for taproom hours. But, a close second is to find information about a beer for adding, updating, or reviewing a beer. It's nice to have a reference for the BA team if I do supply a change.
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  14. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,627) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I like finding out the history of the breweries and some biographical info on the principals involved. Getting info about their beer is easily available from multiple sources.
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  15. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Most of the time it's beer information and/or information about the brewery. I seldom need to use a website to find out brewery hours and/or tap lists for places local to me.
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  16. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,455) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    If I am visiting the brewery, the tap list and hours of operation.

    If I am not visiting the brewery, I am looking for limited glassware or tin signs.
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  17. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Grand Pooh-Bah (4,206) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    1) Taplist
    2) Menu (if there's food)
    3) Portfolio
  18. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    List of beers, information on them ala abv, style, etc so I can send in an update if the information I see is incorrect.
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  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,750) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Here and the other beer centric sites I'm involved with.
  20. SMH_NWI

    SMH_NWI Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2015 Texas

    I look what's on tap some, but mainly I check to see the carry out options. FFF, for example, is local and I only check to see what's available at the kiosk before I go to pick up because it's always changing.
  21. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Pundit (773) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    What is on tap and what is up next.
  22. papposilenus

    papposilenus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,031) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    I'm looking for what's available and hours. I'm continuously amazed by the number of breweries that go to the trouble and expense of building a website but don't bother to update what they have for sale.
  23. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I want to see the complete collection of beers that are year-round, seasonal, and occasional. One brewery website that really frustrates me is Prairie Artisan Ales. It shows only a small fraction of their lineup while their old site showed everything. I can find many of their beers on the shelves that according to their website do not exist. What's up with that?
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  24. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    If I'm planning on visiting a brewery... then hours, food menu, and beer list... but I rarely visit a brewery.

    What I usually want in order of importance:
    - Beers in portfolio with descriptions and ingredients
    - Beer finder
    - Brewery history
    - Merchandise
  25. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    At a minimum your hours, I would also like to see what you have on tap if it is a haul to get there. There is a brewery opening up near me I have been tracking. Go to their website and there is a 1.5 min video announcing their tap room opening, watched it and the credits, nowhere does it say the day or hours. Nowhere on their website, you have to filter thru their twitter and facebook shit and even there it is hard to find. Damned people at a minimum, have ONE page that list your beers and hours, you would delight the shit out of me. Don't make me work to get my business, I AM LAZY
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  26. Dutchcraftbeergeek

    Dutchcraftbeergeek Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2015 Netherlands

    Oh yeah, i forgot about the merch.
  27. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Beer information. If I am looking at the website chances are the beer is in my hands. I would like to know malts, hops abv etc . . .
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  28. Reef

    Reef Pooh-Bah (2,117) Dec 2, 2016 South Carolina
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    Addresses for taproom locations with maps are nice.
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  29. Tmwright7

    Tmwright7 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I'm usually looking for hours, release calendars, and merchandise. Oh and to read their chair line policy.
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  30. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    Updated tap list.
  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,464) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Current taplist and hours of operation. That is pretty much all I need.

    Pet peeve: Breweries that may have a website, but don't maintain it with their taplists, but instead opt to communicate their current taplist offerings on Facebook or Twitter. I don't use social media, but I use the internet. Drives me crazy.
  32. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,464) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Ah yes, chair line policy is definitely the 2017 requirement these days! Glad you mentioned that. Beer mule policy was so 2016.
  33. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Beer info, and release dates
  34. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Beer taplist (updated), not hard
    Beer data (ABV, IBUs, descriptors, again, not hard)
    Beer release schedule, including small batch previews before they are out... (not hard)
    Food options (if any - pretzels to full menu, with prices on-line).
    Beer availability elsewhere (taps, bars, other restaurants, and retail if "big" enough)
    Beer stuff/Merchandise, again, not hard.
    What amazes me is how many breweries fail to do these basic things right. It's 2017.
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  35. Sound_Explorer

    Sound_Explorer Pooh-Bah (2,708) Dec 29, 2013 Washington
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    Address, hours, and events primarily as I am probably going to be visiting the location. Will browse the events pages as well as the beer sometimes too.
  36. pinyin

    pinyin Savant (1,053) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    ideally i'm looking for a digital pour menu as it's the most accurate and up to date system for measuring tapped keg volumes and it integrates seamlessly with Untappd.

    i'm not sure what it costs to run this system, but it makes the consumer side of choosing a venue so much easier than beermenus.
  37. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Yeah I like that system, just have never seen a brewery use it.
  38. pinyin

    pinyin Savant (1,053) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    Which is kind of a shame. I know that the few breweries local to me that use usually only update it on their opening day for the week, say wednesday or thursday. By the time the weekend rolls around you will have no idea whats on draft and most times they are too busy to update their beermenus account.
  39. montman

    montman Maven (1,278) Mar 10, 2009 Virginia

    Tap list, it seems like so many I seem to look at, do not have a current list. Sure, its great that they list seasonals/flagships/specials but those do me no good if they are unavailable.
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  40. Vitacca

    Vitacca Pooh-Bah (2,034) Sep 15, 2010 Montana
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    I like to see pictures of the staff so I can decide if I want to bring my wife/girlfriend along.
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