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Review: Beer Hero for iPhone

I'm a little slow in posting to the blog this week because I am in the middle of a fabulous beach vacation with my family in Navarre, FL.   Since I am unfamiliar with the area, I decided to try out an iPhone app called Beer Hero ($1.99 in the app store) which claims to locate good beer wherever you are.  Its a great concept, using the iPhone's  GPS to locate beers brewed near your current location ("near beer") as well as local brew pubs and recommended food pairings with local brews.

It prompts you for distance to include in your search and references a local database (no data connectivity required) of 1600+ beers, with ratings for 1000+ microbrews.  Unfortunately I seem to be vacationing in a beer desert.  I had to expand my search to over 100 miles to get any microbrew results, 300 miles to get anything outside of Abita, LA and to 50miles to find any brewpubs.  This might also explain the blank stare I received in a local liquor store when I asked for local beer recommendations.

The concept is brilliant, and I will probably try to get to the brewpub in Destin or Pensacola before vacation is over!

Overall the concept is brilliant but I'll give this app a B so far since the reviews seem a little thin and the brewery info relies totally on the brewery's website by launching Safari.


Reader Comments (2)

[...] vacation last week I became aware of McGuire’s Irish BrewPub via Beer Hero on my iPhone (see review in a previous post).  The weather was a little rough for hanging out on the beach on our last day, so the boys and I [...]


I wanted to drop a quick note to let any readers of this article know that a new, dramatically improved version of this app is now available. I hope you enjoy it!

Lifestyle Software (makers of Beer Hero)

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

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