Category Archives: Apple iPhone

Official BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Apps Coming Soon

BeerAdvocate.com Mobile Web App

UPDATE: It looks like BeerAdvocate is also working on a mobile app for the upcoming, sold out Extreme Beer Fest in Boston this February. (You bet your ass I already have tickets.)

BeerAdvocate.com just posted what I think is the first image of its upcoming, official BeerAdvocate mobile app on Twitter. It’s unclear when exactly the application will be released, but it is apparently “in development.” And the apps will be Web apps, meaning they’ll run in the mobile browser and will work on all platforms. (There are some disadvantages to Web apps vs. true mobile apps—they cannot take advantage of certain device features, such as notifications, for example—but at least the BeerAdvocate apps won’t be restricted to just one or two platforms.)

The app is noteworthy because though BeerAdvocate.com is probably the single most popular beer-related website on the Internet, it does not have a mobile app. Third-party mobile developers have created BeerAdvocate.com mobile apps in the past, and some were even distributed via major app stores including Google’s Play Store. But they were quickly, removed, presumably at BeerAdvocate’s request.

BeerAdvocate’s mobile app could also have a direct impact on similar beer apps such as Untappd, my personal favorite beer app, due to BeerAdvocate’s massive user base. (Just last week, BeerAdvocate.com’s Todd Alstrom tweeted that the site is now serving up around 800,000 views per day on average.)

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Untappd Beer App Will Be Ready for BlackBerry 10 Launch

Untappd Beer app on BlackBerry 10

If you read this blog, you know I’m a beer nerd. What you might not know is that I’m also a tech nerd; I love gadgets of all shapes and sizes, and I’m particularly partial to smartphones and tablets. I own and use a number of different phones and slates, including Android phones, BlackBerrys and an iPhone.

Despite the rapidly shrinking popularity of Research In Motion (RIM) and the BlackBerry, I still carry one regularly, because I love the QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry software however, is another story. It’s clunky, slow and embarrassingly outdated at this point. So I’m anxiously awaiting the release of RIM’s brand new mobile platform, BlackBerry 10, which is set to launch on January 30, 2013.

Earlier this week, I posted about Untappd, a social drinking app that lets you “check in” the various beers you drink, share checkins with other drinkers, earn prizes and badges, and much more. Native Untappd apps are available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices, but BlackBerry users have had to use a Web-based “app” to access Untappd in the past, which limited its feature set. For example, BlackBerry users can’t include photos of their brews with checkins.

But that’s about to change with the launch of BlackBerry 10. I just spoke with Untappd co-founder Greg Avola, and he informed me that he and his partner in crime Tim Mather are porting over their Untappd iOS app to BlackBerry 10. “It will have the same features as iOS and Android,” Avola said. It will be available just as soon as the first BlackBerry 10 device is released, if everything goes as planned.

That’s great news for BlackBerry-toting beer nerds.

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Image (without Untappd screen shot) via Thinhte.vn

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Why I Support Untappd (And You Should Too)

Untappd Beer App Supporter on Android

If you’re not familiar with the Untappd mobile app and Web service, you’re sleeping on the best smartphone-based beer buddy available today. Untappd lets you “check in” beers and associate them with the venues where you drink them, to keep track of the various brews you consume. Untappd also lets you rate beers; post images of your brews; connect with friends and toast their checkins; earn beer-related badges and prizes; and much more.

Untappd is kind of like a fancy, digital beer journal. I’ve been using it for years now, and though other similar mobile apps exist, Untappd offers the best overall experience. And it’s completely free, with no ads or other annoyances.

Last week, the two beer nerds behind Untappd, Greg Avola and Tim Mather, announced the Untappd Supporter program, which is a completely optional way for loyal Untappd users like me to support the app and service on a monthly or yearly basis.

Untappd Beer App Supporter on Android

Untappd users can pay $5 a month of $50 a year to support the app’s growth, and Supporters also get a handful of exclusive perks, including the ability to:

  • Export your check-in history
  • View detailed check-in statistics
  • Show off your shiny supporter banner
  • Unlock a special supporter only badge
  • Access more features in the future

Honestly, I would donate $5 a month to Untappd even without the additional features and the badge; like I said, I’ve been using Untappd for years, for free, and I can say without a doubt that the app and service have helped me step up my craft-beer game.

If you’re not currently an Untappd user, I strongly suggest downloading the mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes Store, post haste. (It’s also available as a Web app at m.untappd.com for BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other smartphone users.) If you’re already an Untappd user, you should consider becoming an Untappd Supporter, even if it’s just for a month or two. Avola and Mather deserve all the support they can get, and you’ll only have to part with the price of pint for a month of support. (Don’t be a cheapskate, punk.)

UBN

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An iPhone Case/Bottle Opener for the True Beer Nerd

Russian River Pliny the Elder iPhone case and bottle opener

One of my favorite IPAs on the planet: Russian River Brewing Co.’s Pliny the Elder. One of the best smartphones on the planet: Apple’s iPhone. (Full disclosure: I’m an Android/BlackBerry guy, but I realize Apple makes great smartphones.)

I came across the Pliny the Elder iPhone case/ bottle opener you see above while visiting Russian River’s website to order one of the company’s goblet glasses.  It costs $25 plus shipping, which is reasonable. Unfortunately the Pliny iPhone case/opener is only available for the iPhone 4/4S—no iPhone 5 model yet, though I’m sure iBottleOpener.com, which makes the case, will update its product line soon.

Man, I wish I had an ice-cold Pliny right now. Oh well, this Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA will have to do. No themed bottle opener to crack it open with though… 😦

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