Well, I finally got around to implementing a redesign that has been sitting on my computer for a few months. Hopefully it gives me the renewed energies to once again tackle the data entry for the rest of the world. If any one happens to see anything odd about the design, please, feel free to let me know.
BrewerySearch Browser Plugin
It’s been pretty quiet on the BrewerySearch front lately, but I have been working on a few items including a rebranding/redesign, the widget and a few other items. The first smaller item I am releasing is a newly developed plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer 7+ that allows you to search BrewerySearch right from your browser’s toolbar.
Just click the button above and select “ok” when prompted. Now, in your browser’s search bar you’ll see BrewerySearch name and icon. Select that and start searching away.
Should you want to remove the BrewerySearch plugin from your browser, it’s also relatively painless — that is, until I find out you removed it and hunt you down like the dog you are. Ahem. Sorry. Won’t happen again. Like I was saying, uninstalling is easy.
Internet Explorer: Click on the arrow in the search bar and then “Change search defaults”.
Firefox Click on the arrow in the search bar and then “manage search engines”. Next, select the “Brewery Search” and press the “remove”.
So there you have it. Hopefully I will be able to roll out the rebranding and new web site as quickly as I did this.
State of the Search
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve made any updates to the database for the search or left an update on the blog. I’ve been crazy busy with other work, but have no fear, regular data entry will continue shortly. Also in the works is a bit of a design tweak for the site. Cheers.
Well, we’ve finally made our way through the 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. It’s a relief to get through the first run of brewery data for the U.S., but now my plan for global domination starts… tomorrow. My fingers need a break.
Until next time.
The Home Stretch
Well the New Year launch deadline has come and gone. Obviously the site has been live for a couple of months now, but I really wanted all of my data for the U.S. to be completed before the new year. Alas, the holidays and beer kept me away from the computer for far too long.
The good news is that there are only four more states to go before I can move onto the Canadian brewers. Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming combined have over 160 breweries so it’ll take a bit of time to get it wrapped up.
In other BrewerySearch news, I’ve added a rating system to each of the brewery pages on the site. You can now rate the beer/establishment as you see fit. It’s a simple 5-star system and I think will prove valuable once I get the commenting system for the site up and running.
The widget will also be ready for deployment in the next week or so for those of you interested in adding it to your own sites. It’s currently being run through the paces on our parent site The Barley Blog. So far so good.
Until next time
Deep In The Heart of Texas
After taking a much needed break from the data entry side of things over the holiday, I’ve powered through Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. We’re not entering the wide open spaces of Texas. I’m not sure that I’ll get everything in by the end of the year as planned, but we’ll give it a shot.
If I don’t post before the 1st have a safe and happy New Year.
I *Heart* NY
I just wrapped up the data entry for New York, the home of fine brewers like Saranac brand beers, Brooklyn Brewery and Brewery Ommegang — all of which also happen to carry some of my favorite brews. Next up, I’m heading south to North Carolina.
The web based search widget is still in development and testing stages. There are a few things that need to be ironed out and further experimented with before I can successfully release it for use on your own site.
Brewery Search Status
For those few of you that have been trickling in via your favorite search engine, welcome to Brewery Search. The site is fully function, but with limited data at this time. The site is constantly being updated and will “officially” launch (I hope) by the end of the year with all data I have for the U.S. completed.
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Brewery Search Mobile
If you visit the site on any mobile device you’ll be redirected to http://mobile.brewerysearch.com/, a scaled down version of the site. The mobile version of the site is optimized for you lucky fools with an iPhone, but is perfectly usable on any other mobile/smart phone.
There are a few limitations with the mobile site. Features such as the Google map and interior links within the individual brewery pages have been removed, as have the print and sharing features. If I do end up adding commenting to each individual page that too will be removed for the mobile version. I wanted to keep the site simple and easy to use — just the essential information that you need to find beer near you.
Here are a couple of screenshots of the mobile site (they’ve been sized down a bit so they aren’t actual size):
Well, I’ve gotten about half way through Michigan as of this evening. I plan on knocking it out tomorrow and moving on with the data entry for the rest of the U.S. I’m hoping that I will be able to officially launch with all the states completed. The initial goal was to launch with the U.S., Canada and Belgium, but there’s just no way that’s going to happen.