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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.

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