September 2010 Update: BeerCloud 2.0 is now available for Android. See more here.
GreatBrewers.com Launches BeerCloud Mobile App for Android
Powered by GreatBrewers.com, BeerCloud is a revolutionary mobile app that helps you pair beer with food, track down your favorite beers in your neighborhood, and pull up a full description of any beer with a scan of its barcode. Whether you're a beer consumer who could use some guidance in making a well-educated purchase, a food lover who wants to discover new ways to enhance a meal with a suitable beer pairing, or a traveling beer enthusiast who wants to instantly map the closest stores, bars, and restaurants carrying one of your favorite beers, BeerCloud is the quintessential mobile beer app. If you are using an Android device, click here to install BeerCloud.
Today’s beer drinkers have access to a far greater variety of beer than ever before, but with thousands of unique offerings representing more than 140 distinct styles, consumers can easily get overwhelmed. According to Eric McKay, the creator of GreatBrewers.com, "BeerCloud simplifies the process of learning about beer at the point of purchase, choosing the perfect beer to pair with a specific food, and mapping the closest bars, restaurants, and stores that currently offer one’s favorite beers."
Lead developer Sheng Wang explains that "this new software integrates the rich functionality and features of Drupal, the open source platform used to create GreatBrewers.com, with Android, the open source platform used to create BeerCloud." The joint utilization of powerful features including GPS, a barcode scanner, and user generated content make BeerCloud a first for the beer, wine, and spirits industry. With the host of powerful features outlined below, BeerCloud may change the way you shop for beer forever!
Get BeerCloud on your Android Device
From your Android device, click the Android Market icon below or navigate to the Android Market and search "BeerCloud."
Beer Barcode Scanner/Product Descriptions
- Scan a beer's barcode with your phone's built-in camera to see a thorough product description
- Search GreatBrewers.com's database of more than 2,800 beers by brewer or beer name
- Descriptions display product image, style, taste profile, food pairing, strength (ABV), color (SRM), and bitterness (IBU)
- View any brewer page for a brief description and a list of beers they produce
BeerCloud uses open source project ZXing for bar code scanning.
GPS Beer Finder
- Track down a beer in your neighborhood with your phone's built-in GPS*
- Search includes beer offerings at more than 40,000 bars, restaurants, and stores
- Distance appears next to each retailer - click a retailer to map or get directions
- Beer Finder data perpetually updated with shipments from local wholesalers
*Location services limited to states covered by the Beer Finder with more territories coming in near future
- Recommends complementary beer style accompaniments for more than 250 foods
- Select main ingredient, then select dish and see recommended style pairings
- Clicking a specific style reveals commercial examples of that style
Learn more about the Beer Sommelier
- Jingsheng Wang, the lead developer of GreatBrewers.com and BeerCloud, is an open-source purist and an Android fanatic who takes a fresh approach to software engineering.
- Eric McKay, creator of GreatBrewers.com, is a self-professed beer geek who is dedicated to helping the world discover great beer.
- Tom Byrne, GreatBrewers.com's lead graphic designer celebrates two of his passions, art and great beer, by designing great beer art.
Features Coming in the Next Release
- Tag favorite beers, brewers, and places to buy beer
- "Favorites Map" - maps the 25 closest bars, restaurants, and stores carrying any of your favorite beers
- Write, save, and share tasting notes on any beer
- Seamless integration with GreatBrewers.com account
- Read more about the BeerCloud concept
- Learn how the Beer Finder works
- Discover how GreatBrewers.com conveys the true Voice of the Brewer