Beer Directory: A WordPress Plugin for Brewers and Beer Aficionados

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Craft beer and WordPress are a magical combination. Both cultures are built on some of the same values, like sharing knowledge and open sourcing happiness. With the explosion of the craft beer scene over the past few years, many new breweries are opting to build their websites on top of WordPress. When you’re bootstrapping a new brewery, the last thing you need to spend money on is proprietary software.

The WordPress community has many free and open source tools that developers can use to build a beer-centered website. Beer Directory is a new plugin released this year by Jami Gibbs, founder of Rescue Themes. She created it to support beer listings on her commercial Brewery theme.

Beer Directory gives you an easy way to enter beers and their details in the admin. It allows you to categorize and group beers, enter details, and display listings via a configurable shortcode. The post type includes fields for ABV, IBU, OG, FG, SRM/Color, Malts, Hops, and Yeast.

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I tested the plugin by adding the details from a blueberry sour beer recipe. The output for an individual listing on the frontend will look something like this, depending on your active theme:

beer-listing

The plugin includes a shortcode for listing an individual beer: [beer id="17"] and one for displaying all listings: [beer]. The shortcodes can be configured by count, category, id, and any of the WordPress Order & Orderby Parameters. Beer posts also include support for a featured image.

Be advised that this is not a beer recipe plugin, so there’s no easy way to enter your hop schedule, amounts for fermentables, temperatures, etc. Beer Directory was created purely for listing beers on the frontend with a few key details. If you need to enter beer recipes, the BeerXML Shortcode plugin, created by Derek Springer, is a more suitable option.

The Beer Directory plugin is perfect for home brewers, professional breweries, or even beer enthusiasts who want to maintain a personal library of beers they enjoy. With this data saved in a custom post type, it will be transferable no matter how many times you change your WordPress theme. In addition to keeping track of your beers, the admin listing allows you to easily search and sort your library.

beer-in-the-admin

After testing the plugin, I can confirm that it works as advertised. Beer Directory is fully translatable and available for free on WordPress.org. If you want to contribute to development, the plugin can also be found on GitHub.

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  1. Actually I think I like WordPress better than most craft beers I have tried.

    Call me “ole’ school”. Alot of these brews with all forms of whatever can be tossed into em and cooked seem rather defeating the idea.

    Labatts Ice is nice. Brewed with carbon I hear, very good at settling an upset tum tum. Same Adams has some decent varieties though the original is my fave.

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      1. Labatts Ice is the only Ice beer I like. I’ve had many craft beers, I like beer to taste like beer not with honey and flowers and melons and berries and sox. The “up crowd” likes this/that usually. For example, out to dinner with the gal and kid and her friend. I buy a Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Its ok, fair at best. Take it or leave it. His friend goes “Ewwwww” and orders Blue Moon. So, next round I order a Blue Moon. I’ve drank alot of different beers over the past 35 years of adulthood. I give it a 4 on a 10 scale. Its so weak in flavor, no body… nuthin’.

        Wheat beer, worst stuff I think I ever had.

        Some of the English beers, very good. My brother was stationed over in the UK and Europe in the Air Force many moons back. When he came back he and I used to go get some suds and he’d have me try this and that. Many times warm. Alot of them really pretty darned fine. Here in the USA we like to try be “Esoteric” on so many things, devices, phones, toys and flavors. Probably part of the reason alot of the world these days go, “US who?”. Even our television choices are just completely in outer space. The Walking Dead. #1 popular show. What in fact it is? Simply gore based kids stuff. Its like what I saw in theaters when I was 14.

        I am sure there are some great craft beers out there. I have yet to have one.

        I dont sway on whats popular in nuthin’ as whats “in” in scant time goes out replaced by some other marketing ploy. Its really astonishing actually. Once a person really understands marketing all you see, all over the place is marketings fingerprints on everything and alot of folks falling for it. Its like pollen. I am not talking about the in ones face stuff all too common on TV or in stores. I am talking about the more subtle ones that impact the sub conscience in as much as conscience. Its sorta brainwash but not. Its literally all over the place now like ants.

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  2. Labatts Ice? LABATTS ICE?! What’s wrong with ya, man?!

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  3. “Craft beer and WordPress are a magical combination.”

    I thought coffee and WP are a magical combination.

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  4. I cant mix beer with programming or web work. I end up with Preegrambring when I look at my work the next day.

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