Craft Breweries with the most outdated-looking websites.

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  1. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I was doing a little research on the hop profile of Stoudt's Double IPA and went to the Stoudt's Brewery website and had to navigate through this.

    I can understand some of the smaller brewpubs like Cascade not having an qualified web designer working behind them, but established breweries?

    It got me searching for other examples of sites that need revamped.

    It almost figures that Weyerbacher's could use some work.

    Any other big-time offenders?
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    With Facebook and Twitter being the most effective way of reaching their customers most of the breweries with ugly sites probably think why bother. I'd rather them just focus on making good beer anyway, ever dollar paid to web design is taken away from other aspects of the brewery.
  3. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    There's been a few threads about this and they are always enjoyable. There are some bad websites out there!
  4. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Who needs a website? I do my research straight from the bottle.
  5. czfreeman

    czfreeman Initiate (0) May 22, 2007 California

    Two Brother's is pretty bad. I was talking to one of the brewers there and he even mentioned it how bad it was
  6. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I can agree with you there, and I hope that's the case anyway.

    Still, in some cases, it's nothing that two and a half hours and a free blogspot account couldn't improve.
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  7. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (204) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    IMSPEAKNOENGLISH Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Illinois

    Second that for Two Brothers.
  9. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Until several months ago Hair of the Dog's website easily took the cake as most outdated site. They've since revamped it and it looks great, but hopefully someone has some old screen grabs laying around to show off the old school glory.
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  10. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Did Russian River recently revamp theirs, too? The 'bottle logs' section used to look atrocious, and they were almost never updated.
  11. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Cascade is bad all around marketing wise. Such classy beer and the presentation makes it look anything but.
  12. Daktah

    Daktah Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Illinois

    Duck-Rabbit. Looks like the first week's assignment of a web design class circa 1999. Some of the "News" is also a bit dated - look for the upcoming release of Wee Heavy Scotch Ale in April 2006.

    Great beer though, which may be a result of attention paid to the brewing and not the website.
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  13. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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    This and this. I mostly complain about the lack of the English version.

    Also, this. This guys are getting bigger than their website would suggest.
  14. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Disciple (303) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia
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    Three Floyds website doesn't do it for me.
  15. Davihaw

    Davihaw Aspirant (288) Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
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    2 Brothers, 3 Floyds and Alesmith(looks like it hasn't been updated since 2010).

    Most Improved: Lagunitas

    All of the named breweries do an excellent job on social media though, and are responsive when you ask questions and do a great job informing their fans.
  16. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

  17. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

  18. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

  19. divineaudio

    divineaudio Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2009 Michigan

    Kuhnhenn's website is pretty bad.
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  20. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (1,506) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    I love their beer, but Dark Horse may as well mail out a yearly newsletter instead of having a website. I spoke to one of the guys at the brewery this summer about the website, and it is a bit of a sore subject. They have updated the website recently. But as recently as this summer, it was late 20th century quality.
  21. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    New England Brewing Company looks like they haven't updated their site in 2 or 3 years. Pretty lame.
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  22. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (840) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Lost Abbey's is pretty bad
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  23. Jadjunk

    Jadjunk Meyvn (1,441) Dec 6, 2009 Georgia

    The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery is quite far behind. Their website is very simple in comparison to most brewery's spiffy websites. Last time I checked, they were mentioning some "new" high gravity releases in anticipation of April 2006!
  24. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois


    Get some high school kids over there pronto! (to fix the site...not drink the beer)
  25. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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  26. harperman69

    harperman69 Aspirant (234) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
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    I went to Three Floyd's website and my computer burned down.
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  27. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

  28. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Not a brewery but mine is pretty lame :slight_frown:
    Lookin' forward to updating it soon
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  29. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    I HATE the whole Facebook trend for breweries ,bars,and people in general.
    I am anti F/B all the way ... And what is up with posting the minutia of there lives there ?
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  30. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,304) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    When I go to a brewery's website, I want information, not entertainment - flashing lights, moving/clinking bottles, annoying music and explosions. I don't want to have to "re-learn" the site every time I visit, wasting my time or have difficulty finding information I'd read before but is now under a new heading or separate webpage (or seemingly has disappeared).

    I don't care if the website looked the same in 1995 or 2010 - I'd prefer it. To me, that'd be like being annoyed at an old brewing book I pull off the shelf because it had a hard cover and sewn binding rather than the more "modern" glued or stapled binding and paperback cover.
  31. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Eh, I used to be anti-Facebook, mainly because I didn't want to be swamped by people's updates telling me about what they had for breakfast or how glad they are it's Friday or whatever, but I signed up specifically for beer (brewery releases, tappings, when stores get new beer in, organizing tastings etc) and thus far it has worked out great.

    You don't have to dump all of your personal info onto the site, it's just a lot of people choose to, but you can have a plain jane page if you want to which a lot of people have if you are afraid of your info being sold.
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  32. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I have noticed you can divide most brewery sites into two categories: they ask you your DOB or they ask if you're over 21. I don't know why anyone still does the former. It's not like you're actually going to stop anyone who feels like lying, you're just adding extra hassle to people who aren't.
    Not that I understand what's wrong with a 16 year old viewing a brewery website anyway... but I imagine that's pretty unlikely to change.
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  33. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

  34. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,304) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The annoying "Age Check" feature*, contrary to popular belief is not a law but is part of the Brewers Association's Marketing and Advertising Code:
    • Brewers should require disclosure of a viewer’s date of birth at the entry to their websites
      indicating that a brewers’ products are intended only for those of legal drinking age.
    Probably also in the code from the Beer Institute but I see they changed their website recently and I'm not about to re-learn that site now, just to link to it. :grimacing:

    Tip 'o the ol' beer glass to Anchor and Dogfish Head, among others, who defy the associations' recommendations...

    * I was born on 11/11/1911 by the way​
    - over a hundred years old -​
    yet no breweries ever send me a birthday wish!​
  35. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    Surly's website is pretty bad. But I agree with Daktah. Duck-Rabbit's looks like it was designed in 1993.
  36. Gassygunslinger

    Gassygunslinger Initiate (23) Dec 20, 2012 Maine

    Having all your info on facebook is bad if you need to access the info at work (and your employer blocks it). Also poor tradesites are a buzzkill. Gritty's has a poor graphics library and not much info on their new releases, making it a pain in the butt to try to advertise their products and sell their beer. Hell, half of them are from before their bottle redesigns. Baxter has some excellently designed graphics, but their graphics library is lacking in a lot of areas. Especially if you need picks of Baxter on draft. You'd think they'd have some images, considering their really neat can-shaped pint glasses. I usually have to resort to using grainy photos taken by amateurs and posted online.

    So yeah. To some, having a well-updated website is super important!
  37. Mamerong

    Mamerong Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)

    brewbrothers brewery in Calgary has a pretty weak site.
  38. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Interesting, I had noticed brewpubs didn't do it, so I wasn't sure what all the requirements were. Still dumb.

    And DFH noticeably does ask for DOB, but they must remember it in your cookies or something (which is still deserving of kudos). They didn't ask when I visited in my main window, but did when I was incognito.
  39. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Came here to post this.
  40. airforbes1

    airforbes1 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2010 California

    I've never understood this phenomenon. If someone under the age of 21 wants to access the site, all he or she has to do is enter a phony birthdate. As for actually preventing underaged drinking (not harmlessly looking at brewery websites), that's up to the parents, merchants, school officials, and law enforcement.
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