So the Craft Beer London app for iPhone has been out for some months, and there hasn’t been a week that has gone by where I haven’t employed it in some task or another, whether it was to find a craft beer spot in the unknown territory of West London, to look up contact and location information for pubs, or just to investigate areas of the city and potential pubs to hit up on pub crawls or for friendly meet-ups.
In short, this app is damn useful. It is the app that I tell my friends with an iPhone, “Dude, seriously, check this out.” The app is put out by Blue Crow Media, who also put out London’s Best Coffee and New York’s Best Coffee and other handy apps. I use the London coffee one quite frequently as well, so much so it may warrant its own post in the future.
So far, I’ve used this app to find The Albany, a good pub in the area of Marylebone (or that bit between Marylebone and Euston that may not hold allegiance to either–Regent’s Park, maybe, as the pub website suggests?) that sells American favourites Brooklyn Lager and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, as well as Belgian delights like Tripel Karmeliet and local flavours like Camden Town Brewery‘s Hells Lager and Thornbridge Lord Marples.
I’ve also used the Craft Beer London app in August when I held the Hackney Olympic Pub Crawl: The Decathlon to help me decide whether to include Hoxton pub Howl at the Moon on the pub crawl (I did). I suspect I will be using the app further to plan additional pub crawls this year, including one for Islington and possibly another one for pubs in East London.
By the way, if you want to know more about any upcoming pub crawls I’m planning, the best thing to do is follow me on Twitter.
It has a fairly useful rating system as well, which is a good indicator of whether you’ll be rocking up to a nice pub with a few good picks, or an OMG! Craft beer orgy! on the scale that if you’re going with a friend who usually drinks Stella or Guinness, he or she will be SOL. (Do they say s.o.l. here in the UK? If not, it stands for “shit outta luck.”) Favourites such as The Jolly Butchers, The Cock Tavern and Duke’s Brew & Que feature well, along with pubs I’m less familiar with, but am looking forward to acquainting myself with soon.
The Craft Beer London app also shows listings for London breweries (which needs updating at a rapid rate nowadays) and off-licenses that sell craft beer.
So, for £1.99 on the iTunes App store (sorry, Android users), you get a handy navigational tool that will guide you to good beer. It’s $2.99 in the US App store, for anyone on a US account, like me–well worth it if you’re travelling to London and want to sample a bit of the delicious beer scene. For more screenshots, have a look at Craft Beer London‘s website. Let’s support places with good beer!