Long time no blog! Yes, I'm still here, despite an extended period of radio silence (though I've been posting the occasional update on the @CellarDotBeer account). I did manage to get some development and cleanup work done recently, however, which I'll detail below.

First up, it's been far too long since I went through and made sure the available beer styles were matched up with what's on BeerAdvocate. As of now, the styles database has been updated to match the offerings seen at the aforelinked page. Most changes were just name updates for existing styles, but a few styles have been removed as more specific categories now exist.

I moved all beers affected by these style removals into their appropriate categories, but it's possible some existing beers may have an incorrect style attached thanks to wording updates in BA's style guide. If you notice that a beer doesn't have a style or is styled incorrectly, you can add one or report the error via the "Beer" info pane in the extended details section for an entry (note: this view is only available on the desktop version of the site). For more details on available community database management and reporting capabilities, check out this blog post on the topic.

And secondly, I've got a minor mobile update in place: when sorting/filtering beer in your cellar, relevant bottle totals are now displayed in the sort header. E.g., if filtering to see only beer from Cigar City Brewing, you'll now see "Cigar City Brewing (XX)" in the header, where "XX" is the number of their bottles you currently have. These totals are also displayed for other filter modes such as Style, Location, and In Fridge.

As always, I have more development planned, but in the meantime, thanks to everyone for their continued contributions to the site. New beer and brewery entries are rolling in every day from users, and as a result our database is healthy and up-to-date. This site wouldn't work with you!

Milestones December 1st, 2017

It's been almost 5 years since I launched The Beer Cellar, and I'm looking forward to many more years of collecting, tasting, and aging (at least as far as the bottles are concerned). We've passed a few major milestones lately, and I wanted to take a moment to share them.

  • We recently surpassed 4,000 users! Each new user brings more beer and brewery entries and helps keep the data ecosystem healthy.
  • On that note, we now have over 4,200 breweries and more than 31,000 beers in the database. Impressive numbers, and completely user driven!
  • Across all users, over 310,000 cellared beers are represented. That's roughly 75 beers per user.
  • Additionally, over 85,000 beers have been consumed since the site's inception.

I'm planning many more feature additions for the cellar, but I'm really happy with the current state of the site and I'm glad so many find it helpful. Thanks for using the site, for the always helpful feedback and feature suggestions, and for keeping this crazy craft hobby alive. Santé!

How Do You Drink Your Cellar? August 22nd, 2017

I thought I'd take a break from development news to talk to my fellow Beer Cellarers (that's totally a word, right?). I recently held a tasting party and went through most of my Firestone Walker Brewing collection (pictures below), and that got me wondering what other folks do when it comes to making progress through their collections.


After closing in on 400 total bottles late last year, I slowed down my intake pace and set out to focus on making a dent in my cellar—all in the name of freeing up space for future bottles, of course. Tasting parties like this one have been a nice way to try a lot of beer, bring friends into that enjoyment, and to ensure I get to bottles that otherwise might age out.

So how do you keep up with your cellar? Does a weekly bottle or three do the trick, or do you need to take more drastic measures (like me)? Feel free to tweet me at @CellarDotBeer, and I'll rewteet any fun stories that come in. And in the meantime, santé!

Ready for consumption on both desktop and mobile clients, a handful of sorting improvements are now available. Details are as follows:

  • A new Filter by Brewery option is now available, which lets you view all the entries from a specific brewery.
  • The Filter by Location option, previously only available on mobile, has been added to the desktop site, allowing you to show only entries from the specified location. (This only affects users with Storage Locations enabled.)
  • On the desktop site, Trade Status filtering has been condensed into a single drop-down list, and you can now filter by entries with no status, along with the usual For Trade and In Search Of options.
In addition to the updates above, I spent a little time on a mild refactor of the sorting code, which should result in slightly quicker sort operations in some circumstances. Enjoy!

Fueled by many a crowler from Fieldwork Brewing here in Berkeley, CA, the mobile redesign is now complete. This revamp brings the mobile experience and aesthetic in line with the styling introduced in the recent desktop update, and includes a number of enhancements meant to increase usability on the go. Some screenshots of the new look are included below.

    

Additionally, because I am a crazy person even when it comes to the aesthetic of cellar URLs, I've also taken this opportunity to update cellar addresses to use Twitter-style routing. What this means is that, while you could previously find your cellar at https://cellar.beer/cellar/[username], your cellar is now located at https://cellar.beer/[username]. For example, you can find my cellar at https://cellar.beer/josh

All existing cellar links with the old /cellar syntax will redirect to the new location, so there's no need to update any links to your cellar out in the wild if you don't want to. And while I've tested this feature extensively, I'd appreciate it if you let me know of any strange behaviors that I might not have accounted for.

Lastly, this release includes a smattering of other updates and bug fixes:

  • Brewery and Beer add forms are now properly cleared when adding multiple breweries or beers in succession.
  • The mobile site no longer defaults to "app" mode when adding the link to your home screen. If you notice the site is in a non-standard full screen mode, try deleting your home screen link and re-adding the site from your browser.
  • On the desktop site, when viewing your consumed history in expanded mode, pagination links now retain your view preference.
  • Fixed an issue where some Android clients wouldn't connect to the website due to HTTP/2.

As usual, this release took longer than anticipated, but I'm really happy with the new look and I hope you enjoy it as well. There's definitely enough change here to introduce some new bugs (though I hope not!), so if you notice anything strange please message me, shoot me an email, or mention me on Twitter. Santé!