Monday, February 6, 2012

97. Beers and Ears App

I recently came across a brand new iPhone app that is rather unique. It marks the first time that I'm reviewing an app that requires the downloader to be at least 17 years old. When we think of Walt Disney World, most of us don't think of alcoholic beverages. However, there are many restaurants, lounges and even kiosks that serve adult drinks all around the Vacation Kingdom. You can find everything from fine wines, to margaritas, to hard liquor, but this great new app focuses on one type of beverage: BEER!

The "Beers and Ears" app just came out last week and I think it is going to be a big hit. It comes from the group behind the Beers and Ears blog, which has been around for over a year. Essentially, the app allows us to see a list of all the different beers available at Walt Disney World. When you tap on the name of a beer, it gives you the place or places where you can find it. Then, when you tap on a location, it also lists the other beers available there. Many of the beers have pictures and some even have short descriptions. This is fantastic tool for finding your favorites when on vacation at Disney World.

In addition to the "list" tab at the bottom of the screen, you will next find the "WDW Map." This brings up a satellite view of the entire property along with mugs depicting the locations where beer is available. You simply tap on a mug and the name of the restaurant or lounge pops up. You then tap on that location to once again get a list of the beers being served there. Like on the built in iPhone maps app, there is an arrow you can tap to show your own location on the map. This can come in handy when wanting to know which direction to go for your favorite beer. It is fun to zoom in on the World Showcase at Epcot and see all of the mugs encircling the lagoon. Although you may think of Germany or the U.K. as the obvious spots to grab a brew, each and every country offers beer in one form or another. It is also interesting to see that when you zoom into the Magic Kingdom, there are no mugs to be found. It is completely alcohol free.
In addition to the beer locating functionality of this app, there are a couple more tabs.  There is a link to the articles found on the Beers and Ears blog. Here you will find stories and more information about some of the beers found at Disney World. Finally, there is the "About" tab which gives users a quick way to contact the developers. Notices and acknowledgements can also be found under this tab.

Although I'm not a big drinker, I think this app is going to be very popular. I enjoy a cold one every now and then and I'll be sure to use Beers to Ears on my next vacation. For anyone who is a beer lover, it is a "must have." It is a well put together app, and it is obvious that alot of time when into researching the content. I highly recommend downloading it even if you're not planning a trip in the near future. You can't beat the cost as it is absolutely free!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!

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