January 28th, 2011
Without Taplister, your iPhone is only a glorified beer coaster
So it’s no secret that people in Portland are quite fond of beer. Quite fond. Especially on Friday. And while some folks might categorize that fondness as “snobbery,” we like to think of it as more of an “educated palate.” So much so, in fact, that we talk about beer, tweet about beer, and carry Portland-built iPhone apps like Taplister on our phones. Just to help us better understand what beer is available where.
Well, get ready to be happy. Because your educated palate is about to get a whole lot more intelligent. All thanks to Taplister’s latest upgrade and RateBeer.
“Bar staff and patrons can now add beers to a tap list to a bar’s tap list with text completion using beer names from RateBeer,” said Ken Baer, Taplister CTO and resident iPhone developer. “As the user types the name, it shows a search list that gets further refined as the user types. Then the user can simply select the name of the beer they want to add, and it will automatically link to the RateBeer data and load it from RateBeer.com. Our tap information is generated by the craft beer community, so we want to make it easy and fun for our users to share tap lists with the rest of the community.”
Not enough info for you? Whoa whoa whoa. Hold your horses, beer meister. For a couple bucks, Taplister will allow you to purchase even more content about your favorite brews. Like what? Like RateBeer ratings and commercial descriptions. And ABV. That’s alcohol by volume to you and me.
“Being able to see ratings, style, and ABV at a glance really helps choosing a beer from a large tap list,” said Ken. “This will greatly increase the chances your next beer will be one you love.”
I don’t know about you, Ken, but my next beer is usually the beer I love, anyway. But I could still use the app to find it.