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Finding the Perfect Beer in Buffalo

Having a beer in the city of Buffalo just got even better, thanks to Patrick Barczys and his new website,
Earlier this year, Barczys, like many other Buffalo residents, was pondering where to go to have a drink with some friends. “I think Buffalonians appreciate good beer and want to know where to find their favorite brews,” said Barczys. He then came up with the idea of TapTracker, a website where one can go to find out what beer is on tap at a given establishment. “The first version of didn’t take long to create, it featured only a spreadsheet,” Barczys said.  “TapTracker is 100% user-generated and I wanted to create a simple way for people to view what beers were on tap and add new locations and new taps.” TapTracker is one of the newest additions the the Elmwood Village Creative.        

Taptracker has several features to help beer seekers to find the drink they desire.  It currently has a list of 90 establishments and the beers they are featuring.  It also has a blog that offers profiles of certain beers, beer tastings and beer-related events going on in the city.  The site has over 900 varieties listed thus far.

According to Barczys, people seem to love this new site.  TapTracker has gotten over 1,200 page views a month, a number that is still growing.

“TapTracker shows beer’s ability to bring people together, and gives it the love it deserves,” said Seamus Gallivan. “They clearly understand that ‘Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,’ as Ben Franklin so brilliantly put it. To take it a step further and paraphrase another of Franklin’s pearls, TapTracker helps prove that, ‘a beer savored is a beer loved.'”

Though TapTracker began as a simple website, Barczys has plenty of plans for expanding and developing the site in the future.  He plans to add profiles and photos for each individual establishment and beer.  This way, people can learn a little while they search for the evening’s beverage of choice and perhaps find a new favorite bar or restaurant in the process.  The listings and maps will be searchable by multiple approaches, including by beer type, brand, establishment type and proximity.

TapTracker will also become more personalized to the individual user. “I plan on adding a full-fledged, database-driven website that is searchable, sortable and customizable based on users’ preferences,” Barczys said.  “Imagine receiving an email every week listing where to find a Flying Bison Rusty Chain in your neighborhood.”  Barczys also plans to add cell phone applications to TapTracker in the future.

“As you can see, I have a passion for good beer and based on the feedback, Buffalonians share this same passion,” said Barczys. “TapTracker is currently a part-time endeavor, but I feel it has the potential to be something much larger.”

To learn more about TapTracker,
check it out here.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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