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Looking for New Beers to Try? Fall In Love with Pintley

Last year’s GABF was a bit of a blur (it might’ve been all the beer), but I do remember Don and I having a late night snack at the Rock Bottom Brewery with our pals from Brewforia and the guys from Pintley.com.  The Pintley crew were bright and motivated beer nerds who were really excited about what they had created.  They got us excited as well, but then I had another raspberry porter and the wrinkles of my mind smoothed out, allowing no more information to sink in that evening.

Anyway, fast-forward six months and I suddenly remembered that Pintley exists and decided to check out how things were looking over there.  Turns out it’s a pretty awesome place for a serious beer geek who’s looking to try something new. 

Here are the top four beers currently on my recommended list (even though I already rated Storm King).

In a nutshell, Pintley is a place you go to rate beers and, based on your preferences, the site then recommends other beers for you to try.  These recommendations are based off of the likes and dislikes of other beer geeks in the large database who share your tastes.  It’s like the Pandora of beers.

But unlike Pandora, which only requires a single song to set a playlist in motion, Pintley takes a little more input on the user’s part before it starts to provide some pretty amazing recommendations.

And I mean just a little input.  I signed up (it’s free), and began to rate beers I like and dislike.  Most everything a hardcore beer geek would love seems to represented at Pintley, the only exception being my inability to find beers from the Voodoo Brewery, but they’re pretty tiny.

Anyway, after rating a couple of dozen beers on a one-to-five pint scale (except those I gave a total “thumbs down” – an option I love), I went to see what the site recommended for me.  It wasn’t great.

There were about 16 beers there, and a lot of them were very common, such as PBR, Corona, and Fat Tire.  Sure I like Victory lager and Prima Pils, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to get excited about Yeungling.  Undeterred, I began rating the list, upvoting the beers I liked and downvoting the stuff I didn’t want to see again.  Then things got interesting.

The next list was MUCH closer to what I like, with a few of my absolute favorites populating the page, along with a couple of clunkers and some stuff I’ve never had before.  Another lightening-round of reviews and a page refresh later, and I was looking at a dozen beers that I love, would like to try, and maybe just a couple that I’d never want.  It was beginning to look like the inside of my beer fridge.  And it only took 10 minutes.

In a nutshell, Pintley harnesses the power database-driven recommendations for the benefit of beer geeks.  This is not some half-assed attempt by a beer-loving cybernerd; this is a serious piece of glittering technology developed by a group of beer-loving cybernerds with a bona-fide business plan.  They even have an iPhone App.

Pintley might not hit on 100% of its recommendations, but they are certainly better than those of any beer geek I’ve chatted up in the beer aisle, looking for something new to try.  That’s because Pintley has no agenda, no taste preferences, and no biases.  All they have is data, and it’s yours for the taking.

If you’re a beer geek, you simply have to give Pintley a try for yourself.

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28 Comments on “Looking for New Beers to Try? Fall In Love with Pintley”

  1. February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Very cool. Might have to check it out to see what I’m missing!

    • February 25, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      It’s really kinda creepy how well it works. It’s not perfect, but you can see and appreciate how smart the site is.

  2. February 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Now if they could find me the perfect job with that technology….

    • February 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      You mean like pornstache groomer?

      • February 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

        Exaaacly.

        • Don
          February 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

          I take it, you’ve been there, done that!

    • Don
      February 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      They have…Its called Monster…

      • February 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

        Which is especially useful if you’re interested in online university spam…

  3. February 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Hey Jim! Thanks for the write-up. I’m glad your brain finally remembered Tim, Shannon, and I – a very impressive feat given the amount of beer consumed that week. Blurry times, indeed! Lots of new cool stuff coming from Pintley soon (more prizes, an Android App, and an upgraded iPhone App), so stick around.

    Prost!

    • February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks, Rich. I’ll email you so you have my info – keep us posted!

    • Alex
      March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      Looking forward to the Android app. I’ve tried a few other beer related apps, but none are quite as robust as the web version of Pintley.

      • March 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

        The big wigs over at Pintley tell me they are in the process of upgrading the iPhone app and porting it all over to Android, so stay tuned – it sounded pretty sweet.

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

          Yeah…Big wigs.. 😉

        • March 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

          I just remember when we were having a beer with Rich, Shannon and Tim when that homeless lady “borrowed” the second half of my Raspberry Porter. I wasn’t sure if she wanted to kiss me or kick me.

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

          I’m pretty sure she wasn’t homeless, but probably just barely. She scared me.

        • March 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

          Well a few of her teeth were homeless (at least they weren’t at “home” in her mouth!).

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

          That was scary too.

      • Alex
        March 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

        Was that at the Rock Bottom on the 16th Street Mall? You get some fun characters in that neighborhood.

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

          Yes. It was quite an interesting evening. Felt a little like a zoo animal in a cage on the patio with all the crazies coming and going.

        • March 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

          Scary thing was that she had two little kids with her.

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

          But I was under the impression that they weren’t hers. Maybe I just wanted to think that they were her babysitters.

        • March 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

          If so, they were doing a crappy job of keeping her in line!

        • Don
          March 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

          I would totally have to agree! I would say that their mission was to make sure she got on a bus and made it home. I think that included time to be annoying to the good people at Rock Bottom.

        • March 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

          Didn’t look like the first time she’d hit Rock Bottom.

          Zing!

  4. February 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Wow, this is a killer tip. I can’t wait to play around with that.

  5. May 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    They finally released their Android app. Huzzah!

    • Don
      May 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      They told us it was coming out a couple of weeks ago, but never gave us a release date for us to publicize ahead of time. Oh well, glad you have it.

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