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RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« on: June 05, 2017, 10:48:47 PM »
In case you were not aware, RateBeer sold a minority stake to ZX Ventures which is an arm of AB Inbev.
https://www.ratebeer.com/forums/ratebeer-investment-announcement_296260.htm

Dogfish Head put out a press release today:
https://www.dogfish.com/blog/message-sam-current-ratebeer-changes
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RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 10:52:19 PM »
Now that's shady. Like a politician owning a newspaper shady.

ETA - like northern brewers users reviews shady (pre-ABI)
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 11:42:45 PM »
I have tried to remain non-judgemental in regards to ABI's purchases of craft breweries and other related entities over the past several years. One reason is that I visited 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend shortly after it was acquired by ABI and spoke to several employees there. All of them assured me that the only change was that they no longer had a full bar. I found the food, beer and service to still be excellent. I was at 10 Barrel just 3 weeks ago and still saw no change.

Personally, I would not have boycotted a business solely because it was bought out by ABI. After reading about this, I have changed my mind. IMHO,there is no reason, other than attempting to influence the market, that ABI would buy into RateBeer. I have now joined the masses and will boycott all businesses that are owned, whether partially or wholly by ABI.
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 11:57:47 PM »
Before, Ratebeer was only humorous and ridiculous, with all of the highest rated beers either being IIPA or RIS. Now it'll be amusing (and not surprising) to see if all the low end Goose island beers (and others) end up all suddenly rated 99+.    ;D
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 12:34:14 PM »
People actually pay attention to Ratebeer and Beer Advocate?  Huh...who knew?

Now if AB buys Untappd, I'll be really disappointed.
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 01:42:00 PM »
People actually pay attention to Ratebeer and Beer Advocate?  Huh...who knew?


When liquor stores here started posting Ratebeer rating scores next to beers, I wanted to see if there was anything remotely legit. One visit was more than enough.
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 02:12:01 PM »
I find Ratebeer and Beer Advocate to be completely useless. Generally, the reviews provided by individuals are very poor quality and the reviews are very inconsistent from reviewer to reviewer.

I think untappd is slightly better. But, I would buy a beer because of good scores there.

Then again, I generally hate buying craft beer. I get as many duds as studs. I go back to the same breweries over and over.

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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 09:36:19 PM »
Before, Ratebeer was only humorous and ridiculous, with all of the highest rated beers either being IIPA or RIS. Now it'll be amusing (and not surprising) to see if all the low end Goose island beers (and others) end up all suddenly rated 99+.    ;D

That's not even possible.  :o
Is it?   ::)
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2017, 10:03:54 PM »
Before, Ratebeer was only humorous and ridiculous, with all of the highest rated beers either being IIPA or RIS. Now it'll be amusing (and not surprising) to see if all the low end Goose island beers (and others) end up all suddenly rated 99+.    ;D

That's not even possible.  :o
Is it?   ::)


Beats me. I was being tongue in cheek mostly. But I could see ABI beers being rated pretty highly. They bought it for a reason .
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2017, 10:48:01 PM »
Before, Ratebeer was only humorous and ridiculous, with all of the highest rated beers either being IIPA or RIS. Now it'll be amusing (and not surprising) to see if all the low end Goose island beers (and others) end up all suddenly rated 99+.    ;D

That's not even possible.  :o
Is it?   ::)


Beats me. I was being tongue in cheek mostly. But I could see ABI beers being rated pretty highly. They bought it for a reason .

I think it's more about data mining than getting good ratings for ABI products.
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2017, 10:59:19 PM »
Before, Ratebeer was only humorous and ridiculous, with all of the highest rated beers either being IIPA or RIS. Now it'll be amusing (and not surprising) to see if all the low end Goose island beers (and others) end up all suddenly rated 99+.    ;D

That's not even possible.  :o
Is it?   ::)


Beats me. I was being tongue in cheek mostly. But I could see ABI beers being rated pretty highly. They bought it for a reason .

I think it's more about data mining than getting good ratings for ABI products.


Yeah, there's that, too.
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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2017, 11:05:55 PM »
Maybe, but much of that could be done with page scrapes. If true, maybe they are after search terms to see see trends.

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Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2017, 11:11:03 PM »
Maybe, but much of that could be done with page scrapes. If true, maybe they are after search terms to see see trends.


Probably the most likely approach.
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