ratebeer google map v3 – sorting, filtering, clicking, traveling


Two days until I leave for Copenhagen; from May 10-12 the town has organized a weekend fit for the beer traveler, one that I feel I shouldn’t miss. The looming trip has pushed me to launch version 3 of the Ratebeer Map: a searchable, sortable, dynamically-loading web app containing every brewery, brewpub, bar, store and beer-worthy restaurant in our global database. As of May 2012, that includes over 21,000 user-submitted places which either brew beer, sell beer or otherwise focus their business, in some way at least, on good beer:

The above view of major cities is presented first, with city markers clickable to zoom in for a closer look. In addition to a fullscreen toggle, the right side panel allows filtering by type (brewery, brewpub, bar/pub, beer store, restaurant) and score (All, 75+, 90+), and displays locations which appear in the map window, ranked by score at right:

Hovering the street view icon (located at top-left) over the area shows available ground truth views:

Dropping the icon onto the Nørrebro Bryghus marker gives us a taste of what the scene is like from nearly 8,000 miles away:

So what’s happening in Copenhagen this weekend? Thursday is a three-course beer dinner at Mmm – zonen for madkultur (Sour & Bitter dinner), featuring new releases from Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, including a collaborative blend made by Armand Debelder and Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey. Sour & Bitter also features the release of vintage 2010 3 Fontienen Framboos. Excited yet? Thursday through Saturday is Ølfestival København, while across town the Copenhagen Beer Celebration takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings. The CBC is a new event, with a limited number of tickets (now long sold out) and a small number of carefully-chosen breweries in attendance.

I hope my Danish brethren forgive me for waiting so long to visit their fair country, but you gave me a great excuse to do so now.

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