CAMRA UK publishes a series of books called the Good Beer Guide. There is one for the UK every year and periodically for other beer countries like Belgium and Germany. Naturally I came to the UK ready to go with my Good Beer Guide, but I haven’t actually found it that useful. While it has lead me to a few cool pubs, I need it most when I’m somewhere unfamiliar. Who wants to carry a giant book around when they don’t know where to find good beer? Nobody, that’s who. On top of that, I can barely find my way around the book as it is. I have no idea where Whatheshire, Whereceister, and Cantfinditborough are and it takes me a lot of flipping to even put myself in the right section. Also, you have to admin those sound kind of like British towns.
Today I managed to solve all my problems with the Good Beer Guide. I got an iPhone 4 today and the Good Beer Guide iPhone app was one of my first purchases. It only costs £5, takes up way less space, and is way more useful and up to date than the book. Now when I want to find good beer, I just start the app, tell it to find pubs nearby, then follow the directions it gives me. With the phone’s GPS and compass, I should even be able to find pubs whilst inebriated. If only every country could have their own Good Beer Guide mobile app.