Updated on January 19, 2021
Beer was once archaic, earthy and barbarian. Now, it’s trendy, coveted and — thanks to technology — digital.
“There’s an app for that,” has become synonymous with almost everything. Shopping, games, social media… it’s all there, encapsulated by a tiny, pretty little logo.
But, the simpler things in life, like beer, need apps too. Here are the best beer apps — apps that’ll point you in the right direction, keep you in the loop, and even broaden your drinking horizons.
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The Best Apps For Buying Beer
Looking for how to get beer delivered right to your doorstep? Tavour lets customers fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping out the full package. With over 650+ breweries on their platform Tavour is a great service for experimentation without having to leave the house. All you need to do is download the app (Apple or Google Play) to see their current menu, pick the beers you’d love to try, and they’ll take care of the rest. We picked our favorites for the top 5 beers you can find on their app right now!
TapRm is the nation’s first beer distributor that delivers beer and hard seltzer from our favorite brewers. By compiling an extensive selection of the world’s best beer brands exclusively, they’re delivering them the same day you request them all across New York City. As a part of their selection they offer exclusive beers unique only to the TapRm platform. Check out the full selection here and start getting beer delivered right to you.
Oznr, formerly known as CraftCellr, is effectively a one-stop-shop for the modern craft beer lover.
In years past, beer fans may have lined up for hours waiting for a brand new beer release at their favorite brewery. With the Oznr app, breweries can release new offerings digitally and build excitement through pre-sales, waitlists, and raffles. Moreover, Oznr offers folks the chance to sign up for brewery bottle societies and membership clubs. Plus, with in-app alerts, you can stay up to date on discounts, deals, and news from your favorite brewery.
While you might not be able to order beer directly from a brewery right to your door, Oznr users get first dips on exciting new beers from some of the best breweries around the country. It’s a must-download beer app for passionate craft beer fans.
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By using Drizly you can order a variety of craft beer, in 12-packs, sixers, or by the bottle, and have it delivered to your house in less than an hour. They say most deliveries take 20-40 minutes, but you can schedule ahead if you know exactly when you’ll need your beer. The best part? If you sign up right now they’ll take $5 off your next order. Use the code DRIZLYDEAL at checkout!
Saucey guarantees that you’ll receive on-demand 30 minute delivery or 2-day maximum shipping, meaning you can get your favorite beer delivered right to your door ASAP! The whole liquor store is up from grabs from craft beer fan favorites to tequila, whiskey, vodka, and even wine. Sign up now and use code HOPCULTURE for $5 off your first order.
The Best Apps for Drinking Beer
Untappd is a no brainer. It’s the go-to for seasoned veterans and beginners alike. It’s easy to use, fun to update, and probably the most expansive beer app there is — socially speaking. You can keep track of your own beer drinking habits, see where your friends are drinking, and get the hot take on a beer before you order.
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The BJCP Styles app will give you a detailed rundown of almost all styles of beer. Homebrewers, beer judges, and enthusiasts, rejoice! At your fingertips you have the “2015 Style Database” for the Beer Judge Certification Program. Read over this a couple of times, maybe a couple hundred, and you’ll be a beer pro in no time.
Ever drool over a beer and want to immediately try it. There’s an app for that. BeerMenus features the tap list for your local bars and stock list for you local beer store. But the app has a little more than just “menus.” You can create a list of beers you’ve tried and follow individual beers, so as soon as it hits the shelf you can be there ready to buy.
Of the most popular social media apps, Instagram is easily the best for craft beer.
The emphasis on visual makes Instagram the ideal app for breweries to market their beer. In fact, many brewers credit the social media platform for the proliferation of heavily fruited sours and turbid IPAs. These highly photogenic styles were eye-candy for Instagram followers.
We’ve used Instagram as a way to showcase some of our favorite beers we’ve been drinking and we use the app as a way to stay up-to-date on the latest in the craft beer world. Sure, the app was designed with beer drinkers in mind. But, we think it’s an indispensable tool for breweries and beer fans alike.
The Best Apps for Brewing Beer
Once you have all the physical gear you need, we’d recommend checking out a few homebrewing apps. Brew Cloud is a beer app made for homebrewers. You’ll find recipes, easy-to-use calculators, and BJCP guidelines. Plus, users can seamlessly share ingredient lists and recipes through the app. It’s a fool-proof way to digitize the homebrewing experience.
And if Brew Cloud isn’t quite your speed, we recommend downloading the Brewfather app. This homebrewing tool is beautifully designed and intuitive with all the bells and whistles a homebrewer needs.
With the Brewfather app, you’ll have access to a recipe designer as well as batch tracking and inventory management to help you stay on top of all the beer you’re brewing. Plus, with integrations from MyBrewbot, Plato Airlock, and others, you can easily keep track of your brewing technology from the Brewfather app.
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