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Hunting for Craft beer with Taphunter

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In this modern day and age in which we live, people as a society are more plugged in to technology than at any other point in the history of civilization. If current trends hold and we don’t all cease to exist when the Mayan calendar runs its course, technology will continue it’s strangle hold on stealing all of our attention.

Whatever.
This blog isn’t to debate sociological issues, so let’s talk about something great that technology has brought to craft beer enthusiasts  in several different parts of the county.
I’m talking about my favorite smart phone application – Taphunter.
This app has become my best friend over the past several months. Ever since I upgraded from my crapberry phone, I’ve been using this app to find the beers I want when I want them. The concept is straight forward – look up the bar you are going to and see what they have on draft. Or, look up the beer you are craving and see what bars in the area are serving it. In my case, I generally will use the option to search which bars I’m currently close to and then see who has the beer list that makes me happiest.
Now there is the one rub, if the bar you are looking up hasn’t updated their tap list in several weeks than I’m less inclined to go there. The listing has a “freshness” rating next to the bars listed to help you know which places are most up to date  which helps quite a bit, but it isn’t perfect. Yet.
The most recent update for Taphunter has added a few neat features where you can “favorite” a bar or a beer and by accessing your favorites you will know what is on draft there or where you have to go to find that hard to locate glass of Mongo. You also have the ability to check off which beers you’ve had and you can rate them as well. This comes in very handy when maybe you are beginning to “feel the effects of the high” and you can’t remember if you like that Rogue Chocolate Stout or not (you loved it!)
I see this app getting better and better as time goes on and I also see it becoming more and more valuable to the consumer who knows what he wants and isn’t in the mood to stumble all over town to find it.
Just remember, it isn’t flawless. It doesn’t have real time stats to account for when a bar blows a keg and has to replace it with something else on short notice. The app is still dependent on humans to keep it updated. Taphunter has not become self aware just yet. Although, I suppose if an AI were to go rogue, one that could tell you where to get good beer isn’t all that bad right? “Come with me if you want to drink!”

“I know where the good beer is”

Back to the point … I’d really like urge more of the bars and brew pubs to take advantage of this app – update your beer list regularly. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who is basing my beer drinking choices knowing ahead of time what’s on draft.
See? Technology isn’t so bad! Wait…what’s that giant robot with the gun doing? Oh no…
Taphunter is a FREE download from your app store. It works in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, Vancouver.

Prost,

Tom
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Author: hoptologysd31

Beer lover living the dream in San Diego, CA. I'm always looking to find great beers in places where I'd least expect them.

One thought on “Hunting for Craft beer with Taphunter

  1. I know Franz completely agrees with you. This is funny: we were at Small Bar & he was looking at Tap Hunter & the bartender told him to just get up and look at the menu. hahaha

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