How-To: Add Beers on BeerAdvocate

Before you add a beer to the BeerAdvocate database, please read the following:Not AllowedAdding the following will result in the listing and any related content to be deleted without warning.
Anything that’s not a beer. Examples: cider, meads, sakes, unfermented beverages.
Beers that were doctored post-production. Examples: blended/infused beers.
Homebrewed beers. They’re not licensed, so don’t add them.
Beers that are no longer in production.
Adding a BeerThere are several ways to add a beer.Use the “Add Beer” button on brewery profile pages. (easiest method)
Using the app, there’s a link on brewery profile pages.
Beers > Add Beer in the site’s navigation.
Does It Already Exist?Check! Do a search. View the listings. Check the brewery’s archived beers.
Duplicate listings will eventually get merged, and duplicate ratings will get tossed.
Naming ConventionWe’re currently working on a new, standard naming convention. In the meantime:Enter the full beer name. Don’t guess, abbreviate, or add unnecessary characters.
Check your spelling.
There’s no need to add the full brewery name to the beer name. It’s redundant.
Beer Marketing CompaniesThese are companies that don’t have a brick and mortar brewery, but sell beer brands by contract brewing with brick and mortar breweries.Beers should ALWAYS beer listed under the (beer marketing) company that owns the brands.
NEVER list beers under the brewery that contract brews them. We do this as the brewing facility may change, often does, but the the brand is not owned by them.
Beer StyleDon’t guess. When it doubt, find out before adding the beer. Google it. Ask the brewery.
Still can’t figure it out? Add it to the base style or nearest match.
Beer Series/Special VersionsLook before entering the beer series as part of the beer name. There might be a standard already established.
Preferably the series should append to the beer name and be separated with a ” – ” (space, dash, space).
Recipe VariationsBrewers will often tweak their beer recipes over the years for numerous reasons, however, don’t add a new version of the beer for minor tweaks. Examples: a minor change in ABV, hop/malt variety.
If there’s a significant recipe change, but the brewer doesn’t change the brand name, the current beer listing will still be used.
Cask-Conditioned Offerings/Nitro BeersCask-conditioned and nitro are serving types, not beer styles.
Don’t list a separate entry for an existing beer brand.
VintagesMany brewers will add a year to the label. Unless the beer is a completely different recipe/style, don’t add multiple listings for the same beer.
AvailabilityYear-round, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Obvious.
Rotating: for beers that come and go and aren’t bound to a season.
Limited: brewed once. Pay attention when selecting this as limited beers will eventually be retired.
Made a Mistake?Use the “Update” button on the beer’s page to report the mistake/what needs to be updated.

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