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TapCellar — A Different Kind of Beer App

A couple of weeks ago, Gabe Weatherhead1 and I released a iOS app that we had been working on for the past year and a half called TapCellar.

Gabe wrote up a nice overview of the features in his post announcing the app so you can click on that to get his take on the features.

I wanted to emphasize a few things that differentiate TapCellar from the rest of the beer apps in the App Store. Gabe touched on some of them in his post so there is going to be some overlap but I will put more emphasis on certain things and Gabe on others so hopefully combined the two pieces will give you a nice perspective on the app.

The elevator pitch goes something like this.

We created TapCellar because we felt that the beer apps out there didn’t suit our needs. There are a lot of beer apps out there but they all do their own thing, some better than others. Gabe and I took a hard look at what craft beer drinkers needed in a beer app. We took a deep look at other apps out there and gave some thought to what we didn’t like about them. Then we set our sights on an app that we would use and enjoy because we knew if it made us happy, others would like it too.

One of the main differences between TapCellar and some of the bigger apps out there is that we don’t want to join a social network in order to catalog, rate and enjoy beer. We take your privacy and personal data seriously so you can back up and archive your beer database whenever you want. None of your data is used to track you and let others know where you’ve been, when you were there or what you drank. We have sharing cards, called Mugshots, but they are images that allow you to share with whoever you want, as privately as you want.

We wanted users to be able to access all of the beer without having an active data connection, too. We know what a huge pain it is to be in your cellar, at a pub or attending a beer festival with no cell service and not be able look up information about a beer or brewery. TapCellar has about 34,000+ beers in a local database ready for searching, rating, and exploration — no data connection required. When you have a data connection, we will keep that growing list of beers updated too so you’ll always have the newest beers added to the database.

Another untapped (!) market is for beer apps with a comprehensive cellaring component. We build TapCellar to allow multiple vintages, cellar inventory counts, journaling by vintage and vintage-specific beer grades.

For every beer in the database, TapCellar provides for per-beer journaling, geotagging, photo support and sharing cards.

I know, I know. Lots of people use Untappd to share their beer experiences with friends. While Untappd isn’t our thing, we hated the thought of users having to choose TapCellar over Untappd so we added the ability to send your journal entry straight to Untappd from within TapCellar’s Journal feature.

There are a lot of other things waiting for you to discover in TapCellar which I’ll write about in the coming weeks. I’ll provide some tips on creating some compelling Saved Filters, how to quickly put information about a beer right onto your clipboard, ready to paste anywhere and others.


  1. Gabe of Macdrifter.com 

Nerds on Draft — Episode 080 - Collaboration Tools and Beer

TapCellar has been taking up a lot of my free time for the last twenty months but one thing that involves beer that isn’t TapCellar-related1 is Nerds on Draft. Nerds on Draft is a huge amount of fun and I have a blast sitting down with Gabe every week with a great beer and talking about whatever topic strikes our fancy.

This week we discussed the long chain of collaboration tools we used when creating TapCellar while drinking a Brooklyn Brewery-created Sorachi Ace. It was a lot of fun to record. I hope you all like it.


  1. Ok, maybe tangentially. 

Nerds on Draft - Episode 006

After one of the most hectic weeks I have had in ages, here’s the latest installment of Nerds on Draft. It’s called “Southern Tier Unearthly and the Purists” and Gabe and I talk about what it is like to be purist or what it is like dealing with purists or one stripe or another.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did to record it. The Unearthly was a tasty beer too!

Nerds on Draft Episode 003

Nerds on Draft continues rolling along with each week bringing new opportunities for tasting good beer and saying stupid things in public. Episode 003 is an exploration of Belgian beer and an examination of how you get to a place where you can comfortably say a project is “done”.

“Focus on the details” has become a meme lately and so has “say no in order to say yes to the right things”. Both have their merits but neither address the discomfort of putting something you are excited about into the world. The thing you made is the conglomeration of thousands of choices. Once you ship, each one of those choices is there to be judged and pored over by anyone with a comment box or Twitter account.

The conversation this week is circuitous and rambling but at least we have the Orval and the Rochefort 8 to keep us somewhat on track.