Introducing CapSnap: Edmonds-based entrepreneur creates app to rate, track your favorite brews

Ever been disappointed over a bad beer or delighted when you find an outstanding one? That was the motivation behind CapSnap, a new mobile app designed by Edmonds-based entrepreneur Matthew Mikulsky.

1451460_479707515477754_1415834873_nDescribed as a fun way to discover and share your favorite beer with friends, CapSnap allows users to create a collection of beers they’ve tried, rate each beer, and share their collection with friends. via their iPhone or iPod Touch.

It all started when Mikulsky was at his best friend Sam’s house for the Super Bowl in February 2013. “I remember cracking open a $6 craft beer and taking a sip. It was horrible. Not only the taste, but I tried the same beer a couple months prior. The conversation quickly turned to there should be a app for that. Keeping track of the beer you drink.”

After conducting a quick search, the two found a couple of existing apps, “none of which were easy to use, or very visual,” Mikulsky said. “We knew we could bring to the market an app which could be visual and fun. Share the beer you’ve tried, liked and disliked.”

The two realized that they could combine their skills –Mikulsky owns the Edmonds design firm Chatter Creative and his friend works for a technology company — to boot strap a new mobile app. They also created a new company name —  HyprByte. After months of nights and weekends spent working on the app — “what we thought would take only a couple months turned out to be eight,” Mikulsky said — CapSnap was born.

Here’s how it works: When you first open the app, you will be directed to your empty cap collection. Either snap a photo of the beer you are drinking, or select the brewery’s logo and beer type from the database. The photo or logo will be placed in a circular cap on a
square background and you will be prompted to choose a cap style and background for this cap. Users may purchase additional cap styles and backgrounds, or “cap packs” from the CapSnap’s in-app store. Once the cap design is completed, the user will rate
the beer and submit it to their collection.

CapSnap also has a social aspect to it that allows users to connect with their friends on the app and view their friends’ collections
and most recent activity.

Currently, the app database includes 1,600 U.S. Breweries representing 20,000 types of beer, mead, cider and craft soda. “Our future plans are to make upgrades from user experience as well as a few other apps to add to the HyprByte App library,” Mikulsky said.

CapSnap is available in the App Store for free, while additional “cap packs” are $1.99.

  1. Thank you for the story on HyprByte & our first app CapSnap. Sam and myself would love to hear ANY suggestions to make CapSnap better. We really appreciate the local support. Cheers.

  2. Odd to have an app that requires either facebook/twitter sign in or registration with full name and email. Why is that required to even open the app?

    1. Susan, you can sign in using just your email. However, the sharing function isn’t as fun without connecting to other users.

      But, you DON’T need FB or Twitter to use the app.


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