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RateBeer Expansion: Australia


It’s premium only.

If you are going to stop being premium, you can download your ratings and continue adding them in the same format. I use the pipe delimiter | in my .csv because the character (unlike tabs or commas) really never appears in names or reviews.

It may be that at some stage someone will make a tool to upload multiple ratings somewhere, and if they do, you’d bet this format would be the easiest to support. If you’ve never been premium I dare say someone would assist you in setting up such a file.


Such tool is not complicated.
I actually had one to upload my ratings from a local database to RB, that worked till they changed the rating page a few days ago.
The complication of moving ratings to a different platform is matching Ratebeer ID to Other Site ID for every beer, let alone creating non existing beers.
Many of us were rating in 2000/2001; I’d probably have to add thousands of beers to a website like Untappd that existed for way less time.

I can get the link to compile ratings only on my own page, I can’t download others’ ratings.


I meant set up the columns for a blank one.


Come on… This is definitely not what’s happening.

RateBeer has always not been the largest community, and because we’ve arguably had the best critics, it hasn’t been a problem. The wild proliferation of breweries and beers (about the same number of beers added in just the last two years as were added in the all the years from the site’s birth to 2014) has caused our coverage to thin out.

While notable beers and breweries are still getting good coverage, some smaller, newer or out of the way breweries are not. At the same time, small notable breweries, even if they are out of the way, are still getting trades and visitors. This means that while our coverage is no longer comprehensive, it’s still many times better than top lists you see from beer or non-beer publications and better than other notably great critical organizations, like Michelin or James Beard. RateBeer is still the most credible resource for beer reviews out there.

In the past, we used AB InBev stores in order to test online sales. In Australia, we’ve worked out partnerships with a very large independent retailer and smaller indie craft retailers. We plan on only extending our reach to more and smaller retailers. So no, I’m not gaming the world to make brewers create a whole lot more beers so that our coverage thins so that we sell only big name beers to InBev retailers. It’s not like that at all. In the end, the truth is a lot simpler. We’re testing ideas and rolling out implementations, starting small and adding as we go.



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