I'm pissed! About three years ago I had this great idea to do a widget or an application that would recommend beers, pair food with beer, tell you something about the beer and beer style that you were buying at the grocery store, etc. All I needed was time and money, and...oh yeah...the ability to execute any of it! Well, folks, it's too late for me now. GreatBrewers.com has come up with an amazing application that does all the things that I wanted to do and more. I hate to admit it, but I have to give credit where credit is due....this application is rad.
BeerCloud is an amazing mobile app that helps you pair beer with food, track down your favorite beers in your neighborhood, pull up a full description of any beer by reading its (get this) BARCODE! The app even uses your mobile GPS feature to map the closest stores, bars and retaurants carrying your favorite beer. In addition, with this app you'll be able to:
- Scan a beer's barcode with your phone's built-in camera to see a thorough product description.
- Use Mobile Beer Finder to track down a beer in your neighborhood with your phone's built-in GPS.
- Use the Mobile Beer Sommelier to get recommendations for complementary beer style accompaniments for more than 250 foods.
The app was developed by Eric MacKay, Jingsheng Wang and Tom Byrne and right now is only available for Android phones. To download to an Android phone to to the App Market and search for "BeerCloud."
An iPhone version of BeerCloud is currently under development and, according to MacKay, should be available in the next 30 days. GreatBrewers.com also hopes to have a web based version for all other mobile devices, including Blackberry, Palm and Windows Mobile OS devices by the end of 2009!
Pretty soon you won't need me anymore. :(