Friday Food-Beermenus.com Interview: Eric & Will, the brothers behind Beermenus
Posted by jhochstat on May 9, 2008
For today’s Friday Food, we got together with Will & Eric, the brothers behind the great new website beermenus.com. If you have not heard the story behind how their site got started, here’s it is in their own words:
Brothers Will and Eric were drinking beers and debating their favorites before heading out for the night. Eric backed Arrogant Bastard and Will was pushing Dogfish Head 90 Minute. They searched for a bar serving their favorite beers on google. They came up empty handed, but their disappointment faded when they saw their destiny. As avid beer lovers who started homebrewing at ages 4 and 7, they had to create a website where people could browse and search beer menus. (courtesy beermenus.com)
Jroxx: Somehow we got the brothers to make time in their busy schedules to share a little more information about their site, their future plans, favorite beers and of course favorite music.
RD: You guys started beermenus.com because you realized that there wasn’t a centralized searchable index for finding beer by bars in NYC. Were you surprised to find that out?
Beermenus: We were pretty surprised, but we quickly realized that collecting all the data and keeping it up to date would be a big challenge. We figured there had to be a way to do it and got started.
their city. We’re looking to launch in another city soon.
Beermenus: It took about six months.
Beermenus: Blown away is a huge understatement. The press has been incredible and the emails we’ve received from people who love the site provide amazing motivation to keep growing and improving. We knew
people like beer, but we had no idea how many people share our passion for finding great beer.
Beermenus: At this point we really don’t know. We’re going to announce the event soon and we’ll see how many people RSVP. It should be a lot of fun.
Beermenus: It’s going really well. We have over 110 fans on Facebook and we’re excited about all the comments we’re getting on the blog.
Beermenus: Will: I love trying new beers every time. I homebrew a mean 9% IPA called Liquid Explosion.
RD: Are you thinking about adding beer happy hour info to the site?
Beermenus: We’re thinking about it, but our focus is on beer flavor and helping people learn about all the unique beers out there.
Beermenus: Most bar owners get it right away and are very enthusiastic. Many are going above and beyond to spread the word.
Beermenus: Will: Cool Calm Pete, Atmosphere, the Pietasters, and the TravelingWilburys. I recently saw Mr. Scruff at Studio B.
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