Results for beer

  • Beer family tree

    Posted to Network Visualization  |  Tags: , ,

    With Anheuser-Busch InBev rumored to have an interest in acquiring SABMiller and SABMiller trying to acquire Heineken, David Yanofsky for Quartz had a look at the structure of global beer distribution. The companies above, summing to six big beer distributors, accounted for half of the world's beer sales, by volume.

    This is important. And sorry AB InBev, FlowingData county ales isn't for sale, no matter how many millions of dollars you throw my way. I'm serious. Stop calling me.

    See also the network of beer brands and soda pop. And the bourbon family tree. And the much more dispersed wine industry.

  • Multivariate Beer

    Posted to Projects  |  Tags: , ,

    Can you experience data? Sometimes visualization gets you part of the way there, putting data into context, serving as a trigger for your memory, and all that. But only so much can happen through the computer screen.

    I want to feel data the way I want to taste the food in pictures. It's one thing to see something good, and it's another to be at a restaurant to taste a dish direct from the source.
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  • Pantone beer cans

    Posted to Data Art  |  Tags: ,

    Graphic designer Txaber created beer can labeling to match the typical color of each beverage to its Pantone color.

    Patone beer cans

    I probably wouldn't buy beer with this labeling though. Usually you look for more complexity in your beverage, and these colored cans say flat and single-noted beer to me. Fun though. And maybe useful for beer beginners. [via Boing Boing]

  • Beer me, Minnesota

    Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: ,

    The Star Tribune has a fun interactive that recommends Minnesota brews, based on five key beer characteristics. Use sliders to enter your preference of bitterness, aroma, etc and the results come in radar graph form.

    Whether you're a creature of habit or always up for something new, this tool will help you get to know what’s brewing in Minnesota. We’ve catalogued more than 100 beers from 36 Minnesota breweries and sorted them by five characteristics.

    I fully expect someone to expand this to the rest of the world.

  • Find new beers to drink

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    Based on reviews from BeerAdvocate, Beer Viz, a visualization class project, asks you to choose a general style of beer and a beer that you like. Then it shows you beers that are similar, based on appearance, taste, aroma, and overall score. It's like a visual version of the beer recommendation system we saw last year.

  • BreweryMap plans your next beer road trip

    Posted to Mapping  |  Tags: ,

    BreweryMap, a Google Maps mashup and mobile app, provides two main functions. The first is that it tells you where the nearest brewery is so that you'll never go thirsty again. The second and far more important function is that you can punch in two addresses, and BreweryMap tells you all the breweries that are on the way from point A to point B.

    Let your fantasy become a reality. Just make sure to spread out your trips.

  • Map shows how to say “beer” in Europe

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    Feòrag NicBhrìde provides a handy map on how to say beer in European countries. This is important. [via Boing Boing]

  • Beer recommendation system in R

    Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: , ,

    Using data from Beer Advocate, in the form of 1.5 million reviews, yhat shows how to build a recommendation system in R.

    The goal for our system will be for a user to provide us with a beer that they know and love, and for us to recommend a new beer which they might like. To accomplish this, we're going to use collaborative filtering. We're going to compare 2 beers by ratings submitted by their common reviewers. Then, when one user writes similar reviews for two beers, we'll then consider those two beers to be more similar to one another.

    The simple recommender is at the end of the article. Select a beer you like, a type of beer you want to try, and you get a handful of beers you might like.

    Obviously, the method isn't exclusive to beer reviews, and this is just a start to a more advanced system that you can tailor to your own data. The good news is that the code to scrape data and recommend things is there for your disposal. [via @drewconway]

  • Rise of craft beer

    Posted to Mapping  |  Tags: ,

    The Brewers Association just released data for 2012 on craft beer production and growth. The New Yorker mapped the data in a straightforward interactive.

    As of March, the United States was home to nearly two thousand four hundred craft breweries, the small producers best known for India pale ales and other decidedly non-Budweiser-esque beers. What's more, they are rapidly colonizing what one might call the craft-beer frontier: the South, the Southwest, and, really, almost any part of the country that isn't the West or the Northeast.

    Most articles and lists on craft beer tend to focus on total production and breweries, so California, a big state with a lot of people, always ends up on top. And as a Californian, I'm more than happy with my access to all the fine brews around here, but clearly, there are many more states to visit. RV trip anyone? [via @kennethfield]

  • Beer Mapper: An experimental app to find the right beer for you

    Posted to Software  |  Tags: ,

    Kevin Jamieson, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, put his work in active ranking into practice. The experimental app is called Beer Mapper.

    The application presents a pair of beers, one pair at a time, from a list of beers that you have indicated you know or have access to and then asks you to select which one you prefer. After you have provided a number of answers, the application shows you a heat map of your preferences over the "beer space."

    Around 10,000 beers with at least 50 reviews on RateBeer were used as the foundation of the recommendation system. The reviews were reduced to just the individual words and counts, which gives sort of a profile for each beer (or a "weighted bag of words"). You rate beers, and the system tries to find profiles that are mathematically most similar.

    Two caveats. The first is that it looks like the app just gives you a heat map of the styles of beer you might like. A recommended list of actual beers would be way better. Second, the app is a research project that likely won't be in the app store any time soon, so the first point is moot. Sad face. Maybe Untappd should read Jamieson's paper. [via Fast Company]

  • Beer versus church mapped

    Posted to Mapping  |  Tags: , ,

    The geographers at Floatingsheep are at it again, this time comparing tweets that mention beer and those that mention church.

    Given the cultural content of the "church" tweets, the clustering of relatively more "church" than "beer" content in the southeast relative to the north-east suggests that this could be a good way to identify the contours of regional difference. In order to quantify these splits, we ran a Moran's I test for spatial auto-correlation which proved to be highly significant as well. Without going into too much detail, this test shows which counties with high numbers of church tweets are surrounded by counties with similar patterns (marked in red) and which counties with many beer tweets are surrounded by like-tweeting counties (marked in blue). Intriguingly there is a clear regional (largely north-south split) in tweeting topics which highlights the enduring nature of local cultural practices even when using the latest technologies for communication.

    I wonder if searches for "ate too much" or "out for a run" would match up with obesity trends. Hopefully their Data on Local Life and You (DOLLY) project comes to fruition.

  • Who owns the beer

    Posted to Network Visualization  |  Tags: ,

    When you walk the beer aisle at the grocery store, there are lots of different brands and types, so it can be easy to think that all of those beverages come from different companies. Maybe you felt like supporting the little guy by buying that beer that looks like it came from a smaller brewery; however, you just might be buying from one of the big guys. In a follow-up to the soda structure map, Phil Howard and Ginger Ogilvie map the structure of the top 13 beer companies.
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  • Flight safety-esque beer pong guide

    Posted to Infographics

    It's Friday. You might need this vintage-looking guide on how to play beer pong by Mel Marcelo. Remember not to use a lawnmower, a skull, or a toaster, and you should be okay. Safety first.

  • Best Beer in America 2009

    Posted to Infographics

    Following up from last year's beer graphic, Mike Wirth looks at medal winners from this year's at the Great American Beer Festival since 1987. This year's festival is September 24-26.

    This time around is a little more context about the breweries in America, namely the number of breweries per state. It looks like someone used Many Eyes for some bubble fun.

    Also, as suggested by FD readers for the 2008 graphic, Mike includes rankings by state both by number of medals and medals per capita. Vermont wins per capita. Alaska's up there at number 6. Actually, the top states per capita seem to be mostly northern states. Gotta stay warm, eh?

    [via lyke2drink | Thanks, Mike]

  • 11 Informative (and Fun) Infographics About Beer

    Posted to Infographics

    It's Friday. It's summer. It's time to relax in the backyard with an ice cold beer in hand. As you consume your beverage, here are 11 infographics about your beer, because the more you know, the more you enjoy. To start things off is a full history of beer (above).  Continue Reading 

  • Where Can You Find America’s Best Beer?

    Posted to Mapping

    Mike Wirth maps medal winners from the Great American Beer Festival from 1987 to 2007. I'm not surprised that California has won so many medals, because, well it's a big state, but check out Colorado and Wisconsin. There must be some good beer there. Although, it's hard to make any real judgment based just on medals. Coors and Budweiser have each won seven medals. Really? To each his own, I guess.

    [Thanks, Mike]

  • Man vs Woman, Decision-making for Goldstar Beer

    Posted to Infographics

    These ads for Goldstar beer were hung above bar toilets. They're comical flow charts that provide some "insight" on the man versus woman, um, decision-making process - clothes, love, and the bathroom. I wonder if the posters were hung in both men and women's restrooms or just men's. I guess the "Thank God you're a man" bit wouldn't go over too well with the opposite sex.
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  • Budweiser Maps Drinkabilty of Bud Light Beer

    Posted to Mapping

    Yes, watered down and flavorless beer has high drinkability. You know, sort of like water. The difference is shade of yellow.

  • Free Pizza and Beer at the Freebase User Group Meeting

    Posted to Site News

    Freebase is one of my two new favorite toys, the other being my Xbox 360. Freebase is a free database of the world's knowledge, licensed under Creative Commons and provides an API to enable mashups and applications. That means a powerful driving force for data visualization.

    Attend the User Group Meeting

    On June 17, Freebase is holding their bimonthly user group meeting in San Francisco. They'll be presenting Freebase's new features as well as discuss some interesting mashups and visualizations. So if you're in San Francisco, RSVP now, and go get some free pizza, beer, and a t-shirt.

  • Americans Prefer Watered Down Beer

    Posted to Economics

    Beer Shipments in 2006Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Miller, and Coors lead the way in beer. Albeit, this is shipment data, not sales data, so take the numbers with a grain of salt.

    The extreme dominance of the top three American beers was somewhat surprising to me, because I never see people order any of those three at restaurants. However, I gave it a few more seconds of thought. I'm thinking parties, sporting events, and drunken nights. The American beers go down easier (because they're like water), so it's easier to get drunk. To get drunk, people drink more. So I guess the watery dominance isn't that surprising. I guess when people buy beer for taste at restaurants, they look to different brands.

    Anyhow, I'm really starting to become a fan of these bubble charts. They're really easy to read and can quickly spruce up a hard-to-read table of numbers. They also seem to scale decently. By well, I don't mean in like the thousands, but in the tens, I think the bubbles can hold their own.

    What kind of beer do you prefer?