Open Barrel

An App for Whiskey Connoisseurs

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Timeframe

2 months

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Challenge

We're passionate about whiskey—we're based in Kentucky and we've worked with many major players in the distilled products industry. We saw social beer and wine discovery apps like Untappd and UnCork'd, but wanted to build our own app that was focused purely on whiskey. Plus, we wanted to give our summer interns some experience with Ruby and Swift, and thought this would be a fun and worthwhile summer project for them.

Solution

We created Open Barrel, an iOS app that lets users discover, rate, and recommend whiskeys to friends. Users can search from a comprehensive list of the world's whiskeys—from Old No. 7 to Pappy 23—then rate and comment on what they're drinking. They can also view a live feed of what their friends are enjoying to discover what they should try next.

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Results

Open Barrel is still pretty rudimentary, but is a reasonable MVP. We'll add more features and UX niceties as we release updates.

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