(March 12, 2015, Dallas Observer)–With the craft beer movement growing so quickly,sometimes keeping up on your local brewery scene is tough, especially when high demand kegs often get kicked the same day they’re tapped If you’re a geek, and you’re inclined, a new app called TapHunter promises to help you keep tabs on your local beer scene. It’s kind of like Grindr for beer lovers, but instead of hooking up people with people, it’s hooking up drinkers with their favorite golden lagers.
Users of the app can see bars based on location or look for bars pouring a specific brew. Say you’re caught without a car and want to know what bars pour craft beer and are within walking distance — TapHunter has got you covered. Just get laid off and need to get Velvet Hammered in a big way? TapHunter will guide you into blissful ignorance that your car payment is due soon.
I’ve played around with the app a little and it seems pretty useful if you’re on the hunt for a specific brew, but I was concerned about the accuracy. TapHunter relies on participating bars to manually enter their data and keep inventories up to date daily. It’s not a stretch to imagine bar workers getting frustrated with the extra work and letting that data get as stale as a forgotten keg of Bud. That’s when customers show up expecting a pint of Peticolas’ latest, only to find out it was kicked last month.