If you have been reading the reviews you might have noticed that we have changed some things. Some of the changes have been planned for a long period of time and others we just jumped into.
The first thing we changed was the 5 star rating. Let's face it, a 5 star system doesn't give that much opportunity to rate a beer. Therefore we brought up a 10 star system like for example IMDB uses. All older values where recalculated. We think that the 10 star system will sooner or later become the standard in beer rating. Numbers or local school grade systems are of no use if the system is used globally, whereas the 10 star system is known world wide.
Good beer needs to be put forward. As one man alone can’t know all the good stuff out there I’m proud to announce that Lautering.net is teaming up with blogger / beer taster Dave Lozman from Tasting Sensations. Dave is from the UK and will share his reviews and articles with Lautering.net. You can also find some of my reviews / articles at his blog.
The Lautering team now consists of 4 beer enthusiasts. If you like what we are doing or want to join the team let us know. We are always looking for new members.
Lautering has just rolled out the brewery world map. This map lists over 5500 breweries from all over the world, mostly form the US, Europe and Asia. The information was found and verified using mostly Google and the breweries’ websites. During the search process we made sure that data is as current and proper as possible. There were 3 people working for 2 years to get this map together.
It's done, the new design is online.
The change of the design isn’t the only thing that happened. There is a new menu for logged in users showing the things they can bring online at Lautering: beers & reviews. The available points depend on the account you have. Free memberships are limited to beers & reviews. Breweries could also manage their brewery profile and add jobs.
The detail view of the breweries is more compact showing the beers they brew and the reviews of their beers. There is also a "like button" and a review widget that lets the beer enthusiasts show their love for a particular brewery. The five star system completes the breweries presentation.
It’s basically the same with the beers and beer reviews. They got a "like button" and it is possible to write beer reviews about a listed beer. The beer reviews include a about section where basic information about the reviewer is shown.
It took about 120 hours to create the new design for Lautering.net. This is a lot of time, and of course money - if you have to pay for it. I hope you like the new look and feel. The design also affects the Lautering Twitter profile and the Lautering Facebook Fan Page. Both have changed accordingly. The new visiting cards are available as well.