Beerio is my longtime dream to make a personal, private craft beer note-taking app. I’ll be releasing my personal prototype to backers, and building a fully functional web app for anyone to use. Help me put it in your hands!
I love craft beer. I think the world of the brewers who make it, the bars who serve it, and the fantastic people who enjoy it.
There’s a ton out there to discover. There are thousands of breweries in the United States, even more around the world, and vast numbers of beers to try. If you’re a huge fan, you already know about great social networks like Beer Advocate or Untappd. But for most people, they could use some help.
If you’re just exploring, I think the best thing you can do is just remember what you’ve had. Keeping a log is the best way to start a conversation with servers and bartenders about what you’ve had and what you like, so they can help you find another great beer.
But it’s tough to find something that works. Most places want you to be social, which is fine if you enjoy it, but doesn’t quite do the same thing. Other places want you to grade, star, or rate your beer. That’s a lot of work, and you might ignore it.
I’ve tried and use lots of great general note-taking apps—Day One, Vesper, iA Writer and Scratch are all on my home screen—but none of them feel right for this task.
I’ve been thinking about this for years. I’ve filled notebooks with sketches, ideas ranging from the truly intricate to the most basic, everything from a social network to an extensive database.
More than anything, though, I’ve learned by doing. I use a prototype that I’ve made. It does the basics well, but it needs work so that you can use it.
What I’m Making
I want an app that reflects a tight focus. No ratings or grading, it’s not a social networks, no hashtags (unless you really want #dankandhoppy in your notes), just the beer and your thoughts.
It’s quick and easy so you can get back to what matters—the beer, and the people you’re enjoying it with.
It’ll be a web app everyone can use to privately journal their beers. (If it’s crazy successful, we can talk about native apps.)
I need your support so it gets off the ground:
- Finish the prototype. Every backer will get access to the prototype so I can get your feedback and make the final product even better.
- Redesign the app to make it even better. I want to work with a fantastic designer to bring it to the next level, with a new logo, look and feel. (That takes time and money.)
- Throw an awesome party. I have friends at a phenomenal craft-beer bar in Brooklyn that are totally down with this. Let’s nerd out a little bit, and enjoy some of the finest craft beer available.
What You’ve Already Done
Here’s the logo I had made because of so many awesome people who pitched in early! I’m thrilled this exists.
What You Get
I’ve backed a lot of projects, so I have some pretty strong feelings about rewards. Since a software project isn’t exactly the most interesting reward, I’ve come up with some products that I think are fun and fit the spirit:
- Pint Glasses: The pint glass is emblematic of the Beerio experience: a great (temporary) home for your beverage. It’ll sport that new logo.
- A custom beer-brewing kit! For the homebrewer, I want to give you the experience of making the “official” first beer of Beerio. With a couple of my homebrewer friends, I’m going to develop a tasty recipe, and you’ll get a kit with the ingredients you’ll need to make it.
- Party! If you can make it to Brooklyn, I want you to celebrate with me. A phenomenal beer bar in the neighborhood has thrown their support behind the idea of supporting a local, beer-focused project, so we’ll get to taste some interesting beers and have a ton of fun.
I also plan to host small, informal Beerio meetups, exclusively for backers. Come out and have a beer on me!
Help Me Make This Come True
I’ve never been more excited to put this idea into the world. I plan to offer weekly status updates about anything that’s going on—design, development, rewards, anything at all that affects the project.
With your help, it’ll be in your hands. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
I’ve backed a lot of Kickstarter projects, and I’m well aware that things can hit rough patches. This is my first project, so I’ve never fulfilled rewards before, but am confident that I’ll be able to fulfill the rewards in a timely manner.
As part of my Entrepreneurial Design course and the SVA Interaction Design program, I have a great network of people who have attempted projects like this, and they can help me avoid some of the pitfalls.
The other big question mark of course, is shipping software. Many software projects have a funny way of slipping away from their original timeframes. By starting off small, I think I can reduce that likelihood. I’ve already created a prototype that I use daily, and have worked professionally shipping web products, so I’m aware of what it takes to build, and avoid losing too much time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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