3 Must-Have Apps for Craft Beer Enthusiasts
Technology has invaded every aspect of our lives – even our hobbies that we use to “get away” from technology are somehow enhanced by it. If you’re a beer drinker, there are plenty of apps out there designed to make your imbibing experience a better one. While there are plenty of mediocre efforts out there, here are three well-designed apps that are sure to make your next outing to the pub a more memorable enjoyable one.
Forget Facebook, forget Twitter, forget Foursquare – Untappd is the only social beer drinkers need. Probably the most popular beer app out there, Untappd has well-designed and clean interface, as well as a number of useful and fun features for beer lovers. “Check-in” with the current beer you’re drinking, and your friends can “toast” or like it.
Untappd also features a solid rating system, as well as a personal beer journal so you can remember what beers you enjoyed and where you enjoyed them. The app also features a solid recommendation system, pointing you in the right direction for beers that you may enjoy and where to enjoy them. Untappd is the gold standard when it comes to beer apps – certainly a must download for any beer lover out there.
On the hunt for a rare beer or cocktail? TapHunter will help you find it. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a Russian River Supplication – while most bars won’t have it on tap, TapHunter will point you in the right direction towards a bar that does.
The app will also notify you when your favorite beers are available, and even when they’ve been tapped if you demand a fresh brew. TapHunter also offers live drink lists for bars in your area, the ability to rate and share drinks, and a database of local events around you. This is certainly a solid choice for those of you who have a more refined palate for drinks.
This gorgeous app essentially offers a Yelp feed, but for drinks instead of drinking destinations. Organized around specific drinks (cocktails as well as beer), users check in with the libation they’re currently enjoying.
Check drink ratings by location, or follow your Facebook friends to see what they’ve been drinking and whether they enjoyed it or not. Elixr also allows you to keep track of drinks that you’ve tried, save favorite drinks, and keep a to-do list of drinks you’d like to try.