Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

September 15, 2008

Beer Diary:

A Beer Fridge Of Your Own

Introducing a kick ass new feature that you can use to keep track of all those wonderful craft brews you’ve got scattered around your life: Beer Fridge.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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I don’t know about you, but at any given time I’ve got quite a bit of beer in the ol’ beer fridge (why do I and everyone else feel the need to put that “ol’” in front of “beer fridge”?) as well as the beer closet, the second beer closet, the trunk of the Gremlin, and Jug’s garage. Needless to say, it can get kind of confusing trying to keep track of all that beer. Do I have three bombers or four of Three Floyds Blackheart? Is my last bottle of Founders Kentucky Breakfast in the beer fridge, the food fridge (which only contains beer, at the moment), or the beer closet? And where the Hell is my last can of Surly Furious? (The answer to that one is easy: Nigel drank it. That’s why now there’s a lock on the fridge.)

Like I said, confusing. That’s why I and the Dorks came up with a new feature that we’ve cleverly called Beer Fridge. Basically it’s a spreadsheet-like online application that you can use to record your brews, where they are, what you think of them, when you bought ’em, and other sundry data. In order for the Beer Fridge to figure out whose beer is whose, you’ll have to create a Beer Dorks account, which is free and super easy: just make up a name, give us your e-mail, and we’ll send you a password to let you in on all the cool goodness. If you voted in our Midwest Brewery Power Rankings, then you already have an account. And no need to worry—we hate pink-o commie spammers more than you do, so we’ll NEVER sell or otherwise disseminate your e-mail address to anyone, even if they say pretty please.

Back to the Beer Fridge. It’s pretty cool, if I don’t say so myself. And it’s only going to get cooler. We’ll be adding neat stuff like sharing your Fridge with other Fridge users (what’s the point of collecting great beer—other than drinking it—if you can’t show it off to other people?), lists to better track your brews, widgets, and—this is going to be so fucking cool—Beer Fridge magnets!

So check it out. Create an account, open the fridge, click the “add a new beer” button, and start tracking all that wonderful craft beer (or home brew) you’ve got stashed in your fridge. It’s free, so if you do think it sucks, you can just walk away and pretend you never wasted your time with it. But we think it’s pretty cool, and hope you can find it useful. And if you have any problems, suggestions, or anything interesting to say, let me know.

Now I’ve gotta go track down two cases of missing home brew that I was stashing in Baby-boy’s storage locker …

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

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