There’s no real shortage of beery smart phone apps on the market these days—you can even download the entire BJCP style guidelines for quick and easy reference. But, it seems lots of the apps out there try to tackle too many things at once, and rarely deliver on all counts. I like simplicity. If an app does one thing, and does it really well, I’m sold. Newcomer Findmytap, which locates specific beers on tap in your area, looks promising.
First, the positive. What I love about this app is that you can search for specific beers within its database (which is quite extensive and alphabetized by brewery name). Just click, say, A’chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel and a list of bars that have it on tap within a 10-mile radius shows up. You can also tag favorite beers to keep tabs on when they’re around, and find out what bars are in your area with a simple locator. The best? It’s free, which leads me to the temporary downside of the program.
Since Find My Tap is both new and relies on bartenders or customers to update tap lists in order for it to function, you may be out of luck in less populated areas (not to mention, the 10 mile radius max search might be a bit small for the country and suburbs). Like all social apps, this is just a platform for information we provide. But, overall, Find My Tap looks promising. It just needs a little helping hand from those of us who plan to use it. What do you think? Have you found a better app out there?