There’s nothing like going to a local micro brew or hitting up a bar where craft beers are available. Having the ability to try a variant of beers and sharing my experiences with my friends is fun and exciting. When I find a beer that I like I usually send a text with a picture of the bottle. This may require getting the right angle, setting the flash and possibly typing the name of the brewery and beer out. This becomes tedious to do every time you find a beer you like.
A lot of times I like to share my experiences with some local tech groups I am apart of, which primarily use Slack for communication. So I sought out a way to easily share beers over Slack. At the time, I unfortunately did not find any Slack integrations that allowed a user to search for beers and then display them to a channel. So I ended up developing one.
Today I present to you the Slack Beer Bot (Github Project)! This bot was developed to integrate with the Untappd (preferred) or Brewery DB APIs so that a user can search for beers and display the beer with an image, description and link to the integration of your choice (Untappd or BreweryDB).
Directions for setting up the Slack Beer Bot are on the GitHub README. Basically you will have to setup a few Slack slash commands to point to a node server that has API tokens for the integration of choice (Untappd or BreweryDB) and Slack. Once up and running commands like
/beer search Yuengling and
/beer display Yuengling are available to every user. Below are examples of displays for a given command.
/beer search Yuengling
/beer display 5249 or
/beer display Yuengling Bock
Please feel free to try out the Beer Bot on your own Slack and contribute any improvements back to GitHub. Enjoy!