Beer is one of our oldest beverages. The earliest beers were potentially 13,000 years old, if not older. Many people drink it, whether cheap beers for college parties or craft beers at local brewhouses. That’s kind of what makes beer so special. It can be cheaper than soda or expensive enough to feel fancy when drinking it. There is a lot of beer out there, and your phone can help you see it, buy it, and keep track of it. Here are the best beer apps for Android.
We’d also like to give honorable mentions to RateBeer (Google Play) and Beers (Google Play). Both apps have loads of potential, but RateBeer needs some more polish, while Beers hasn’t seen an update since 2018.
The best beer apps for Android
BJCP 2015 Beer Styles
The BJCP is an authority on beer classifications. Its official app helps you figure out what kind of beer you have and how to differentiate between other beers. The app shows the BJCP guidelines, last updated in 2015. You can search for various types of beer, the ability to bookmark style categories, and there isn’t an ad as far as the eye can see. It’s a good, quick resource for beer fans.
BrewGene is another resource for beer drinkers. It houses more than 100,000 types of beer, complete with ratings for each one. You can read ratings from other people and add your own rating. You can also track the beers you’ve had, find beer around your town, and create a wishlist of beers you want to drink.
The app has its ups and downs, but it’s generally good most of the time. We think Untapped is better, but this isn’t terrible.
Beer has one of the longest histories of just about any topic. There are many websites, resources, and even Wikipedia has a lot about various types of beer and beer companies. Google is a good way to find some of those resources, even if today’s Google leans a bit too heavily on random listicles rather than what you’re actually looking for. When you have a topic with so many subtopics, a quick Google search can answer a lot of simple questions.
Google Maps is one of the best resources for finding local beerhouses and brewhouses. A quick search can reveal a bunch in your area. Maps can also tell you opening and closing times, reviews from other Maps users, and directions. It’s especially helpful in larger cities where a local brewhouse may be a bit harder to find. It’s a bit of a lame recommendation, but it’s still a good one.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per month
Reddit is another decent spot for beer drinkers. There are many subreddits for the topic, including large ones like Beer and Craft Beer and more local ones like this specific subreddit for Atlanta beer fans. You can connect with people near and far about brewhouses, various types of beer, and get recommendations from other people. Reddit has other topics, too, so you won’t have an app for only beer on your phone.
Tavour is a service where you can buy beer. It boasts beers from a bunch of different breweries from 47 different states. For the most part, it works a bit like Amazon. You surf for beer, find the ones you like, and then order. The order is shipped to you, and that’s that. There is also a rating system so you and other buyers can share your thoughts on each brew.
The app was recently updated with some big changes, and people aren’t happy with the new bugs introduced, but it’s usually a pretty decent place to buy beer that you can find near you.
Price: Free / $5.99 per month / $54.99 per year
Untappd is arguably the most popular beer app on mobile. It boasts an all-in-one experience that does most of what every other app on this list is capable of doing. You can find, favorite, and review your favorite beer. Additionally, you can find places that sell beer near you so that you can find the good stuff. Some other features include a social element where you and your friends can share your experiences, alerts when venues near you get new types of beer, and some other stuff.
The one downside is the takeover from Foursquare. It made the map section a bit more difficult to use. Otherwise, this is definitely the one we’d recommend first.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is a decent place for beer enthusiasts. There are many how-to videos, review videos, and just general videos about beer. You can find videos about the history of some products or the differences in the various types of beer. This is also an excellent resource for first-time brewers as there is an endless supply of beer brewing videos to learn from. Not every video is good, but most of them are decent, at least.
Drizly (and similar food delivery apps)
Price: Free / Varies
It is easier than ever to have beer delivered directly to you very shortly. Drizly, and similar apps (including Uber Eats), can deliver beer directly to your door. It’s primarily useful for restocking beer during a party when everyone’s a bit too drunk to drive. However, you can find all kinds of spirits on the app, including some fancier ones you may not have known about. Delivery fees may differ by region, and Drizly isn’t available everywhere, so those of you in smaller towns may not be able to use it.
If we missed any great beer apps, tell us about them in the comments. You can also check out our latest Android app and game lists.