Thursday, 1 December 2016

New tags - an explanation

I am pleased to say that I have almost completed the overhaul of the tags on here. The intention is to make the information people want about places much easier to access. As a result, I've removed the tags of breweries available at each place as I think it turned out to be kind of pointless anyway given how quickly taplists turn over. The listing of breweries on tap will remain in the post but the tags are gone.
Here's a list of the new tags and a quick explanation of their meaning, which I hope is fairly self explanatory, but just in case it isn't, here you are.

10+ Taps - Ten or more taps of craft beer available
20+ Taps - Twenty or more taps of craft beer available (both of these are judged on what they actually serve rather than their potential capacity. Plenty of places have loads of empty taps it seems)
Belgian - Belgian beer available (and I'm not talking about just one tap of Hoegaarden...)
US - US Craft beer available
No Smoking/Smoking - added if a place is completely non-smoking or known as being smoky. With some places this is a little bit of a grey area. They have a smoking cupboard or whatever they call it. If it's borderline, I have left both tags off. Thebars marked with these tags will show you a strong tendency for either smokiness or no smokiness.
Patio - outdoor seating area that is more than a couple of kegs to sit on or a place to stand if there's no seats inside
Favourite - a favourite place of mine, 100% my own opinion, but you can take this as my recommendation of somewhere good to go. There are plenty of great places on here that aren't tagged with this that are still worth a visit, but these are the standout ones... in my opinion.
Reservation - reserving a table is recommended, you might be lucky just turning up,  but if you really want to go here, you should try to give them a call first as they tend to be busy.
English Menu - a beer menu that is in English, or at least the beer names are
WiFi - WiFi available. This tag is one that I really don't know about for many places. Please let me know if you know the availability of WiFi at any places I haven't tagged. I don't really use it so don't notice, but I know this is important for lots of people so any information you have would be much appreciated.
Budget - cheap beer (beware though that this often comes with a service/cover charge and or tax added on at the end). Check the write up for any hidden charges. Cheap doesn't always mean good I guess, but it does at least mean cheap.
Happy hour - a happy hour with discounted beers or during which something is given away with the beer. In Japan, this often lasts longer than an hour.
Bottles - a decent bottle selection that is a worthy selling point of the bar
Imports - imported beers which could fall in to the categories of Belgian or US but might just as likely be from elsewhere
Flight - a beer flight or tasting set available (sometimes only at selected times or on selected days)

I've still got to add for these for some posts. In the interest of accurate tagging, I have decided to split up all the posts where I have combined places by region. This will be a bit of a pain but I think it will make things more accurate in the long run. I'll do this gradually as I have time and will try to keep posts on the same area together, if I can. Guess I'd better get on with it.


Al said...

Love your work mate!

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...


M.P. Xavier Dalke said...

I'm taking my second beer-cation to Tokyo next month during the Japan Brewers Cup. Thanks for your dedication! (M-I-K-E 2theD, Untappd)

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Cheers! That's a fun festival. Maybe I'll see you there for a beer!