In the Pacific Northwest, breweries are about as common as the rain. Yet for some dubious reason, GQ left out both Portland and Seattle in its list of the five best beer cities in the country.

Perhaps the GQers had a bit too much to drink while ranking the cities. Yelp lists 43 breweries near downtown Seattle, while has nearly 35 in the Portland area.

If that wasn’t enough brewery-related proof, there’s even a new beer discovery platform developed in Portland that just launched today. (You were probably just now wondering why we were writing so much about beer).

Taplister helps beer drinkers find craft beers for free and allows bars and breweries to update and promote their beer list. The company, founded in 2009, has been active for three years now and decided to do a little revamping. They’ve re-launched the iPhone app, done away with Android for now and also partnered with Foursquare.

“With the Brewers Association (BA) reporting that the number of U.S. breweries just hit a 125-year-high, it is evident that craft beer is more popular than ever,” said Kerry Finsand, CEO and founder of Taplister. “With so many choices, beer drinkers are demanding an easy way to find their favorite beer on tap near them and the new Taplister delivers. There’s no more calling bars for what they have on tap, and no more constant updating of menus for bars and brewpubs with Taplister.”

Taplister, which is available nationwide, now offers a Digital Beer Board (shown above) that shows customers what’s available at the bar, with extra information like alcohol content, bitterness, price, size and beer ratings made possible through a partnership with RateBeer. Bars can update what’s on tap from the web, with options to spread the word on social media and through Taplister’s iPhone app.

I had to chuckle at the company’s three cleverly-named pricing sets: six pack, case and keg. Cheers to that.

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  • alan smithee

    I walk into a brew pub. There’s always a large, readable board with their current offerings and guest brews. Alcohol content,, bitterness and price is usually included.

    I don’t have to have an iPhone. I don’t have to pull out reading glasses.

    I talk to the bartender who 90% of the time will give us a couple of samples of new offerings. I’m engaged in the actual “personality” of the brew pub; the “why” I enjoy being there, rather than whisking my attention over to generic pixels that “standardize” all beers into one, dense text, screen. In fact, going to an independent, small micro brewer is about the unique experience, as compared to grabbing a PBR at the sports bar.

    Removing our presence and senses from the equation sort of turns humans into bots?

  • guest

    Solution in search of a problem?

  • Dan Hammack

    Used to be you could search by city and just about all bars in the city would come up. You could then click on the bar names and see what was on tap, useful in an unfamiliar city. I used to select which bar to go to that way. Now with their new site, you need to know what bar or beer you’re looking for. How do you know what bar you’re looking for in an unfamiliar city. If you try searching for bars by leaving the bar name space empty and just choosing “in Seattle” for example, you get 30 bars. Do you think there are only thirty bars in the Seattle area, of course not. And then there are a lot more Droids than IPhones out there and this site is not Droid user friendly, unresponsive to some screen taps.

  • almost_Eric

    You should check out the digital beer board that ‘inspired’ Taplister

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