Announcing Craft Check version 1.0.3

Rudy continues to stifle my versioning creativity, refusing to consider anything beyond “sequential numbers” for our release names. So this month we’re “proud” to announce Craft Check v1.0.3 (but not as proud as we would have been to announce Craft Check v1.0.MonkeysDoingPeopleThings.)

So you may have noticed that with our last release, there were certain things that were - and hang on here because I’m about to get pretty technical - “broken.” For those new to the tech world, “broken” is a term that denotes “functioning at less than optimal capability.” In this case, certain types of UPC codes - ironically, the kind that are most commonly used on MillerCoors products - scanned improperly about 20-30% of the time, which is just enough to ensure tracking them down is a major pain in the ass.

So we didn’t. We’ve got things to do here, people.

Instead of spending weeks on end trying to figure out why this thing happened sometimes but not always, we just replaced the scanning stack and now things work the way they should have the entire time. Easy, peasy, lemon squee - no. Stop fucking putting lemons in my beer. Limes are okay in certain circumstances. Oranges are never okay - it’s beer, not a fruit salad.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: when life gives you lemons (or oranges), keep them out my beer.

Release Notes:

  • Fixed bug where certain types of short width-impaired UPCs improperly scanned and thus returned an incorrect response, those naughty, naughty UPCs. Fixed the issue by changing the scanning stack to native iOS scanning API, and ensured the short width-impaired UPCs were appropriately scolded for their insolence.
  • Added or modified entries for a hundred new breweries, including some that contacted us asking why they weren’t in the database despite being authentic Craft Breweries. “Because you never call or write anymore,” we told them, before grudgingly adding them to the database and wondering whether they’re truly happy with that new beer social network or just acting that way on Facebook.
  • Finally got around to watching the How I Met Your Mother finale. It went okay.

Now Available: Craft Check Version 1.0.2!

If you’ve already downloaded Craft Check, thanks and make sure to update! If you haven’t, get it here!

Official Release Notes for Craft Check Version 1.0.2 (which Rudy wouldn’t let Barrett submit as 1.0.potato):

There were some things that were wrong. We made them less wrong.

  • Updated our database to add over a hundred new American Craft Breweries and changed some entries to reflect the current state of the beer industry as of March 1st, 2014.
  • Changed some language in our About page to get rid of typos that Barrett introduced due to “market research.”

It’s been a fun month. First the Brewers Association made some big changes to their definition of Craft Brewery, and then we were interviewed by Fortune Magazine!

We’ve also had a huge influx of new users this month (Hi! Thanks!) so to answer some of the more common questions:

Yes, we’re working on an Android version.

No, we don’t have a firm release date yet, but it’s a priority.

Yes, there’s a weird scanning bug that most commonly manifests with short UPC codes often used by MillerCoors products like Leinenkugel and Miller Lite - we’re working on a fix and will submit an update as soon as possible.

Yes, we’re looking at different ways to include more information about the beers you scan.

No, we’re not going to turn into Untappd or TapHunter, mainly because Untappd and TapHunter are already awesome and do what they do really well.

No, our database isn’t perfect, so-

Yes, we always appreciate when you email us info on beers that we may have gotten wrong.

No, we weren’t really prepared for international press for our first version of Craft Check.

Yes, it was awesome and we totally called our parents.

Yes, we like hearing any feedback and suggestions you have.

Yes, even if that feedback is “your stupid.” (A real email, that one.)

Anything else you want answered, feel free to ask us or just email Barrett.

Anonymous asked:

This app is dumb. What a waste of time to fight like 6 yr olds on what is and isn't a craft beer.

Six year olds should not be fighting about beer.

Craft Check for iPhone!

Good craft beer is hard to find. You might not know it, but most of the “craft” and “micro” breweries you see at your local store are actually made by the same assembly line multinational macrobreweries you see advertised nationwide.

So to help you distinguish the real craft breweries from the macrobrewed impostors, we made Craft Check for iPhone.

Just use your iPhone to scan the barcode of the beer you’re looking at, or search by brewery to instantly find out whether it’s an authentic craft brewery or just an imitation crafty brew from the big guys.

  • Scan the barcode of the beer you’re holding, or search by brewery name.
  • Uses the Brewers Association definition of American Craft Brewery.
  • Instant responses for thousands of breweries.
  • Monthly updates with new breweries, buyouts, and changes in the beverage industry.
  • Share your results on Twitter and Facebook.
  • iOS7 and iPhone 5S compatible.

Craft Check: Drink Craft - Not Crafty.

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Anonymous asked:

Bought it yesterday. Tried it today. Next version has to tell you what brewery owns the brand. If you don't tell me who, I'm just trusting you are right. Also, scanned a miller lite bottle for fun. It came back saying it did not recognize it. Maybe I scanned it wrong. Still a cool app, expected more.

Thanks for checking us out!

Ownership information is definitely a feature we’re considering including in upcoming releases - we’ve had more than a few requests for more detailed info in general, but ownership of crafty beers has been the most prevalent request.

As far as the Miller Lite - yeah…we’ve been having some real problems scanning the condensed barcodes some brands (mostly MillerCoors brands) are using. It’s a high priority known bug and we’re working to resolve it ASAP. 

Anonymous asked:

Please consider adding an Android version of this app. 80% of the craft beer drinkers who have a smartphone other than an iPhone will thank you. :)

Not just “considered” - planned. It’s definitely on our to-do list.