A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the sad state of beer apps for iOS. Sadly, it hasn’t gotten much better, with one huge exception: The Gravity Well Group released TapCellar for iPhone. For those who aren’t morons like me who created a database for beer from scratch, it’s been done for you, and really well.
to;dr: It’s awesome and costs less than a pint of good craft beer. Buy it.
TapCellar is for the true beer geek, yet simple and straightforward enough for the simplest of use; the OmniFocus of beer apps. The app’s goal is to track your beers in various ways, and “Never have a bad beer twice.”
The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the app is that it contains every beer from BreweryDB, currently almost 34,000 of them. The app stays in sync, so its database stays up to date with BreweryDB’s. You can sort and filter these beers in pretty much any way you like, and save those for later viewing; they get saved to TapCellar’s side bar, which is just a left-to-right swipe away. Each beer can be rated, bookmarked, added to a shopping list, and to a storage inventory. You can create multiple Beer Journal entries within each beer, tagging location and adding photos. The journal entries are pretty much where the social features start and end: you can share “mug shots” of these entries in anything available in the iOS share sheet. There’s also basic checkin functionality for Untappd. That’s it. But it’s great. TapCellar was never meant to be a social app.
I’ve been beta testing TapCellar pretty much since it’s infancy, and the question on my mind all along has been whether it can replace my own HanDBase database for recording all the beers I have. The answer is sadly no, simply because I’m just too vested in my own database, now with over 1000 beers. TapCellar, however, has become the perfect compliment to my own database. I rely on it to keep a shopping list for beers I won’t remember once I’m actually in a beer store, as well as keeping track of what I have stored at home. TapCellar’s built-in functionality is just so much better for this than anything I was ever able to come up with. I have happily deleted my database of stored beers.
I’ve only scratched the surface of what TapCellar can do. For less than the price of a pint of good craft beer these days, go pick up TapCellar and see what it can do for you. You won’t be disappointed.