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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?

 

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Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.

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  • Drinking In America says:

    speaking of good craft beer and apps, T.G.I Friday’s now has a “buy your friend a beer” app.. pretty cool, but slightly more complicated: http://www.facebook.com/TGIFridays?sk=app_170854342972251

    Who doesn’t enjoy a free beer?

    Cheers,
    DIA
    @Drinkinamerica
    http://bit.ly/DrinkingInAmerica

  • Rob says:

    Hey guys,
    FindMyTap is very similar (I’m trying not to say “a copy of”) to an app that’s been around for a year or so now called “What’s On Tap?”.

    Using FindMyTap I found that altho it has a huge list of bars, the data was never accurate. Not once. And I tried it over and over. The app is also difficult to use, and slow. It also doesn’t work without an internet connection. At all. You can’t search properly by bar name or neighbourhood, only what’s near you right now. Sure, there’s a search feature, but you have to know the exact address of a bar?? Come on, guys. No way.

    What’s On Tap?, on the other hand, seems much more user friendly, and because it deals with Craft beer bars, it seems to be more up to date and accurate. It has to be, because craft brews come and go. It’s got a much nicer user interface with colour and charactor, and you can search through lists of bars, or neighbourhoods, or beers, or breweries. You can add favourite beers and bars. You even get a different pins on the map for bars that have special offers on! And there’s so much more.

    I’m not affiliated with them, but I have to say I know which app I prefer. FindMyTap just doesn’t cut it. What’s On Tap? does.

    Check it out at:

    http://wotbeer.com

    Cheers!
    Rob.

  • Rob says:

    Oh, and I forgot to metion. What’s On Tap? is also FREE.

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