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As many of you know, it’s that time of year again, the big show is on! We’re talking, of course, about the Great American Beer Festival. We’re not there this year, mainly because the timing just didn’t work out for us, and we’re busy at work on new features for Beer Citizen. That said, we were just in Denver and had a fantastic time drinking in the local beer culture, where GABF fever was already in the air. Here are a few pics from the adventure:
Falling Rock Tap House was an obvious stop to take in the local wares, and sample as many brews as possible that we can’t get back in our native lands. It’s also the home of the aforementioned GABF countdown. We could have spent days here, but our livers would never forgive us.
Prost Brewing (Beer Citizen profile here) was the last brewery stop on what proved to be an all-too-short trip. We were there just in time to enjoy some tasty pretzels, homemade BBQ, and help ring in their first anniversary! Ein prosit, indeed.
Denver’s an awesome city, with a rich beer history, inviting culture, and beautiful surroundings. We look forward to going back soon, hopefully for GABF next time around. If you’re lucky enough to be there now, cheers to you!
Beer Citizen app for Android!
It’s here and it’s free! We’re excited to announce that the Beer Citizen app for Android phones and tablets is now available, for free, on Google Play. Now Android users can take Beer Citizen with them to the pub to review, research, and share beers on the go. You can also add beer, brewery and profile photos to share with other Citizens. The app is compatible with all Android devices running version 2.2 or higher, including a wide variety of phones and tablets. As always, if you don’t have an Android or iOS device, you can still use the desktop and mobile web versions of Beer Citizen.
Beer Citizen for iOS is now available!
It’s finally here! Starting today, you can download the Beer Citizen app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Did we mention it’s free?Download it today!
The app shares a similar user interface with our recently announced mobile web version. You can read more about how the interface works in that announcement. The best new feature the app brings is that you can now upload photos!
Don’t have an iOS device? The Android app is coming soon, and in the meantime you can access beercitizen.com with your mobile device’s browser to use the mobile web app. As always, we look forward to hearing your questions and feedback!
The mobile web version of Beer Citizen is here! You can now take Beer Citizen with you to the pub! You can review, research, and share beers from the comfort of your barstool. All the essential features of the desktop site have been refined into a smartphone-friendly web app. It’s brand new, so we look forward to hearing your questions and feedback!
The home screen lets you search and browse for beers, access and edit your profile, or quickly access recent activity.
When browsing beers, you can view beers that have recently been reviewed, find a beer by style or country of origin, search for beers and breweries, or view the entire beer database. If you don’t find the beer you’re looking for, you can start the process of adding one from this screen.
When you get to a beer’s profile, you can quickly see the community’s rating and aggregated trait data. You can also view the beer’s description and vital statistics, reviews, activity and followers. Most importantly, this is where you can add (or update) your review.
When reviewing a beer, you can jump between the four trait categories, enter any number of traits and use the sliders to adjust the intensity of each. Add your overall rating, any tasting notes you’d like, check in at a location if you’re so inclined, and you’re done! Mobile photo uploads will be available soon in the native apps for iOS and Android (coming soon!).
By all means, let us know if you spot any issues, or think of any ways we can make the process of reviewing, finding, or adding beers any easier. Our goal is to make this as simple as we can, while still providing you with a powerful tool to review, discover, and share great beers.
Head on over to beercitizen.com on your smartphone now to get started! Cheers!
How Beer Citizen Uses Data
It’s a question we’re asked often, and one we started with ourselves: what makes Beer Citizen different from other beer review apps? The short answer, as you may have surmised, is data. We created Beer Citizen as a new way to review beer by entering experiential data, and a new way to discover beers by leveraging that data.
Other review sites (even outside of the beer world) typically rely on written reviews or simple 5-star ratings. Written reviews are inherently subjective. By the time a beer has dozens, perhaps hundreds or even thousands of reviews, how many do you have to read to get an understanding of what the beer is actually like? Other sites tend to use an overall rating as the main point of interest. While it tells you how much a community likes a beer, it doesn’t show you - at a glance - what you’ll experience in a beer.
Beer Citizen solves this problem by focusing on the data of the experience. By simply identifying perceived traits of a beer, and then quantifying the intensity of each, a review becomes much more useful, and more suited to explaining what a beer is like. As more people enter data for a given beer, each review factors into a beer’s overall profile. In one glance, you can see what the community as a whole thinks a beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels like. You can, of course, still enter written tasting notes (and more) with your review, but it’s the data that we believe will make Beer Citizen your go-to beer reference.
Beer Citizen is currently in beta while we collect data (from people like you) and refine the system. As we get closer to a critical mass of review data, we’ll be introducing a ton of fun and useful tools. Ideas on the horizon include:
These are just a few things we have on the roadmap, but we can’t do it without data. So grab a beer, enter a review, and help beer enthusiasts everywhere find a better beer. Let’s drink!