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Contents:
Using the Search Box
Unsupported Search Characters
Boolean Searches
Advanced Searches
Link Sorting

This document will show you how to use our site. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.

Using the Search Box:
Beer SearchOur database is huge and sometimes finding what you are looking for can be tough. However, our system is very powerful and if you know how to use it, you will be well on your way to beer heaven. Of course, spelling can be critical so make sure that you have typed in your search terms correctly. Read on and find out everything you need to know to use our site.

The seach box (pictured above) is located on the left side of the site towards the top (further down if you are not logged in). The drop down menu has been expanded so that you can see the important options located here. Each of these options is discussed below.
  • Beer Database - As it says, this will only search our directory of beers. For search keywords you can enter a beer name, brewer, or location (city, state, country).
  • Entire Directory - This option will search our entire site (except for the forums which has its own search). This option is helpful if you are looking for articles, recipes, drinking games, and other features that we have on the site.
  • Category - This option will search the category names available in the beer directory. It really isn't a very helpful option unless you know the name of the beer category (beer style) that you want to find.
  • Links in Results - This option only appears after you have performed a search. It is useful if your search has brought up too many results and you want to narrow it down. Simply enter an addition keyword and select this option.
Make sure you have the proper option selected when searching.

Unsupported Search Characters:
When we first started this site, the search function did not support apostrophes (') and all early entries left apostrophes out. Try performing your search with and without them, for example:

If searching for Young's doesn't work
Try searching for Youngs

or

If searching for O'Hanlons doesn't work
Try searching for OHanlons

Despite the fact that our site contains beers from all over the world, our search engine does not support accents or umlauts. For example:

Instead of searching for Svetlý Lezák
Search for Svetly Lezak

Boolean Searches:
Our search engine supports boolean searches, and by default, it uses the AND operator for multiple terms. To make some sense of this, let's look at an example. Let's say that you enter Grape Ape - the software will return matches that contain Grape AND Ape. So if you are having problems finding what you are looking for, it might be worth trying few search terms.

Advanced Searches:
In addition to the above options, there is also a link to the Advanced Search function in the search box. If you use the methods already discussed, there should be very little reason to use this option. There are 2 benefits to the advanced search. First, it allows you to search the Brewer's Description field. Second, you can search for keywords in an individual field. Again, you shouldn't find yourself needing this except in extreme cases.

Sorting Links:
One of the greatest feature of our software is the powerful sorting features that are available. When viewing a group of links, you can sort them based on name (alphabetical), brewer (alphabetical, location (alphabetical by city), calories, carbs, alcohol percentage, bitterness, rating, votes, and hits. This toolbar also allows you to choose the number of links you would like to view at a time and sort them ascending or descending. See the image below for the sorting toolbar.

Beer Search

When sorting carbs, calories, or bitterness keep in mind that very few brewers make this information available (or even have it themselves). When sorting using these fields, the beers for which this information is unknown will always appear at the bottom of the list. Success with this type of sorting will depend greatly on the category you are sorting in. If you sort by carbs for Belgian Strong Ales, you will find that this information isn't available for any of them. You will have the best luck with lagers rather than ales. Having said that, we have more carb, calorie, and bitterness information than any other beer site going! Let's take a look at a few sorting examples:

Example #1
Let's say that you want to find out which India Pale Ale has the highest alcohol percentage. First browse to the India Pale Ale category. Next select "Alcohol Percentage" from the drop down menu on the sorting toolbar and select ascending followed by pressing the "go" button.

Example #2
Let's say that you are starting a low-carb diet and want to find the lowest carb beer. First browse to the lagers -> Light/Pale Lager category (ales and other styles are not low-carb). Select "carbs" from the drop down menu and ascending for the sorting.

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