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October Citizen of the Month

Raise your pints to Bjorn Taroc! His spreading the Beer Citizen word (online and offline), plus beer data contributions, have earned him the title of October Citizen of the Month - plus the shirt that comes along with it!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be next? Enter those beers and corrections. Review the beers you drink with good, meaningful data. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. It could be you!

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Citizen of the Month Interview: Nicholai L’Esperance

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It’s almost time to announce the October Citizen of the Month. On this, the last day of September, we wanted to reflect on September, and share some additional info about Nicholai L’Esperance, our September Citizen of the Month.

How long have you been into craft beer, and what got you interested?

I’ve been pretty big into craft beer for about five years now. It was in college I discovered Magic Hat, the local brewery, would sell you fresh beer in a growler. Jumping forward, the straw that broke the camels back was the Vermont Beer Passport program. If you visit enough of the breweries in VT, they send you free stuff. As a result, I stumbled across things like Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead Abner. At this point, I was hooked.

What’s your favorite local brewery/pub that we should visit when we come to your town and sleep on your couch?

Probably the best beer selection in town is the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington. The beer selection there is off the charts, and often have special releases or tap takeovers for hard to get beers (KBS, HF, etc). A second, smaller bar to check out is Mule Bar in Winooski, right on the traffic circle.

Are you a homebrewer?

I am! I started out, honestly, making wine. Which is much easier. My first batch was a dandelion wine, where you have to pick an ungodly amount of only the yellows of dandelions to make. Later on, I expanded to fruit wines like strawberries, blueberries, etc, and eventually got my first extract kit. Fast forward, and I now do exclusively all-grain batches, with equipment for 10 gallons at a time. I still have a huge amount to learn, but it is a fun as hell hobby. 

What beer, beer experience/festival is on your bucket list?

I would love to make it out to Dark Lord day, and try my hand at scoring a bourbon barrel aged vanilla bean dark lord (BBVDL). Hunahpu’s Day might be fun to try, I’ve yet to have Huna! All this said, my favorite yearly festival is the Vermont Brewer’s Fest, where you can get a ton of the great locals doing collaborations and special beers (HF, Alchemist, Lawsons- I’m looking at you), and even some great Canadian beers (shout out to Dieu Du Ciel).

What’s your favorite style of beer, and why?

I love IPAs. I know its probably the most common favorite, but there really is nothing like a great IPA. And I’m talking Vermont IPAs- huge aromatics up front with major grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral notes. They smell like a hoppy fruit basket. Followed by the awesome complexity of the taste, containing the flavors you expected from the nose. A taste as powerful as you expected from the smell, and high IBUs to balance it. 

This said, I’m getting into stouts these days. Thick, heavy, creamy stouts. I fell in love with Goose Island’s Bourbon County Series, and I could drink those all day.

Whatcha got in your fridge/cellar that you’re looking forward to?

One of my favorites of all time Cherry Rye BCBS, is sitting there waiting for me to open it. But it needs to be saved for a special occasion. I have a few 50-50 Eclipse beers to open which I’m excited for, a Parabola, Sucuba, and a Firestone 17- all calling to me! Soon….

Thanks again, Nicholai, for all your reviews, corrections, and —of course— valuable beer profile data! Hope you enjoy the free Beer Citizen shirt, and rock it at some bars/festivals soon. Cheers!

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App update!

New toys! The Beer Citizen apps for both Android and iOS have just been updated to version 1.5. New features include:

  • Leaderboards. You asked for it! The leaderboards show which Citizens have been hard at work entering data, which beers and breweries are doing well over various timeframes, and more. Pro-tip: If you’re aiming for Citizen of the Month and a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, being listed on the leaderboards is a good start!

  • Review sorting. Now you can sort reviews to see what beers you or any other Citizen liked most/least or sort by other metrics. 

    Step 1: tap the review count on any user or beer profile:
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    Step 2: select how you want to sort the reviews from the pull-down menu:
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    Step 3: profit.

  • Photo deletion. If you ever upload the wrong photo, or one you just don’t like, you can now delete it by simply clicking the link below the full-size photo.
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  • Performance improvements. Lots of things under the hood have been addressed to make things smoother and snappier all over the place.

  • SSL support. We worry about site and data security so that you can focus on the beers and reviews! So, relax and have another cold one!

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Congrats to our new Citizen of the Month for April, G! Be sure to give him a follow. While we usually give the CotM a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, he already bought his in the Beer Citizen Shop. Therefore, we’re sending him an upgrade - a handmade bottle tote! Keep all those great reviews coming in, and you could be the next citizen of the month. Or, you could support Beer Citizen and look good doin’ it, by getting your t-shirt right here. 

Congrats to our new Citizen of the Month for April, G! Be sure to give him a follow. While we usually give the CotM a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, he already bought his in the Beer Citizen Shop. Therefore, we’re sending him an upgrade - a handmade bottle tote! Keep all those great reviews coming in, and you could be the next citizen of the month. Or, you could support Beer Citizen and look good doin’ it, by getting your t-shirt right here

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It’s a new month, and with that comes a new Citizen of the Month! This March, we say thanks to Sombrero11, who’s earned the title with his exemplary review data, photographs, and additions to our beer database. Follow his example, and you too might have what it takes} to become a CotM. For all his efforts, he’s earned a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, just like the one you can buy for yourself right here.

It’s a new month, and with that comes a new Citizen of the Month! This March, we say thanks to Sombrero11, who’s earned the title with his exemplary review data, photographs, and additions to our beer database. Follow his example, and you too might have what it takes} to become a CotM. For all his efforts, he’s earned a free Beer Citizen t-shirt, just like the one you can buy for yourself right here.

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Top rated beers, and new ways to browse!
Citizens have been asking for this feature, and now it’s here. You can now check out the list of the top 20 rated beers on Beer Citizen. Ratings are calculated using the average (mean) of each citizen’s most recent overall rating value. Each beer must have at least three unique ratings to be eligible. Don’t see your favorite in the list? Don’t agree with one you do see? Well, make sure to review the beer, as every vote counts.

To take further advantage of this new feature, we’ve revised the browse beers page on the site and the mobile apps to include a quick view of the top beers. On the site, this includes a new interface to more easily browse and discover great beers. As always, you can still access the full list of all the beers.

We hope you enjoy the new features… as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. We’ve got more great things on the way, so stay tuned!

Top rated beers, and new ways to browse!

Citizens have been asking for this feature, and now it’s here. You can now check out the list of the top 20 rated beers on Beer Citizen. Ratings are calculated using the average (mean) of each citizen’s most recent overall rating value. Each beer must have at least three unique ratings to be eligible. Don’t see your favorite in the list? Don’t agree with one you do see? Well, make sure to review the beer, as every vote counts.

To take further advantage of this new feature, we’ve revised the browse beers page on the site and the mobile apps to include a quick view of the top beers. On the site, this includes a new interface to more easily browse and discover great beers. As always, you can still access the full list of all the beers.

We hope you enjoy the new features… as always, we’d love to hear your feedback. We’ve got more great things on the way, so stay tuned!

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Beer Citizen 1.1 Now Available for iOS and Android!

We’re happy to announce the latest updates to the Beer Citizen mobile apps! Aside from this being the first release of the Android app (announced here), there are some other great updates we want to let you know about:

New action button:
New action button
When you see this button on many pages throughout the app, give it a tap. On each page you’ll find a variety of relevant functions, including following and sharing beers and breweries, adding beers to your wishlist and cooler, or (ahem!) editing your profile… which brings us to…

Profile photos:
You can now add a custom profile photo right from the mobile app! Just visit your profile page (available from the home screen or drop-down menu in the header) then click the action button in the top right corner, and select “Edit your profile.” Tap the default “drinker image” or one that you’ve already uploaded and you’re prompted to take or choose a new photo. Easy!
 
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iOS updates:
We’ve updated the iOS app for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatibility. No more letterboxing on that shiny new iPhone 5!

Bug fixes:
We’ve fixed a number of small bugs in this release, including an issue where the location opt-out setting was not sticking.

We’re continuing to improve the apps, and will be rolling out some more enhancements soon. In the meantime, keep those reviews coming, citizens!

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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!

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!

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Beer Citizen now serving the mobile web

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!

Home screen

The home screen lets you search and browse for beers, access and edit your profile, or quickly access recent activity.

Find a beer

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.

Beer profile

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.

Review data entry

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!

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