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8 Essential Apps for the Drinking Man

8 Essential Apps for the Drinking Man: Vivino

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Download these apps to get help picking out a bottle of wine, remembering which craft beer you liked, or even getting a bottle of rum delivered to your doorstep.


Distiller
This virtual whisk(e)y connoisseur offers spirit recommendations based on your current situation and mood: Are you by the fireplace? Are you looking for a bottle to add to your top shelf? Are you feeling adventurous? You receive a personalized suggestion that includes ratings, tasting notes and a graph of its flavor profile. Plus Distiller has teamed up with liquor delivery service Drizly to offer whiskey delivery in a dozen cities across the country. (Free, drinkdistiller.com)

Distiller

Distiller


Minibar
This alcohol delivery app now serves Chicago, Palm Beach and Dallas, plus select areas of New York, New Jersey and California. Order spirits, wine, beer and mixers to be delivered Monday through Saturday from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. You can also buy other essentials like fruit and bags of ice, but note that there is a $15 minimum. If you’re having a party, Minibar suggests how many bottles to order based on your group size, and sells bottles of Aleve ($6.95) for the next morning. (Free, minibardelivery.com)

Minibar

Minibar


Vivino
Take a photo of any wine label and Vivino instantly recognizes the vintage, gives you reviews, and shares how much the bottle costs at nearby stores. You then can rate bottles and create a personalized wine list to help you remember which vinos you love or which wines you never want to drink again. (Free, vivino.com)

Vivino

Vivino


TapHunter
Locate your favorite craft beer or cocktail with TapHunter. Search for whichever brew or spirit you’re in the mood for and TapHunter will tell you where it’s on tap nearby. The app’s stellar activity feed also notifies you when local haunts (and Whole Foods stores) add new drinks to their bar menus. (Free, taphunter.com)

TapHunter

TapHunter


Mixology
This app contains nearly 8,000 mixed drink and shot recipes. Search for a particular recipe or use the app’s random feature to find something new. The best feature is its liquor cabinet option: Input what spirits and mixers you have on hand and Mixology tells you what you can make. (Free with ads, mixologyapp.com)

Mixology

Mixology


Saucey
Saucy is Seamless for liquor stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Choose what you want to drink (a bottle of Captain Morgan goes for $22.50), pay for the bottle with a credit card through the app, and then a Saucey driver delivers it to your front door. You can also now buy cigarettes (a pack of Marlboro Reds costs $9.50), cigars, and snacks to accompany your order. Plus you can gift bottles of booze to others and have it delivered right to them. (Free, sauceyapp.com)

Saucey

Saucey


Craft Check
Know whether your beer is microbrewed or if it’s just a big-business phony with the straightforward Craft Check app. Scan the beer’s barcode or search the app’s database for the brewery name, and Craft Check reveals whether or not the brew is owned by a corporate beer company. What qualifies? “If the brewery is owned by a company that sponsors a stadium, intentionally misspells the word ‘light’ or is the 'official beer’ of anything other than your evening, it’s probably not a craft brewery,” Craft Check’s creators say. ($1, craftcheckapp.com)

Craft Check

Craft Check


Pintley
Get beer recommendations based on your own taste with Pintley. Just like how you optimize your Pandora station, you rate beers within the app’s database and receive suggestions for what to drink next. The app also acts as a social network, not that we need any more of those. (Free, pintley.com)

Pintley

Pintley


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