Not only is it March Madness, it's also nearly St. Patrick's Day; a kind of Venn diagram of beer consumption, if you will. And with that amount of drinking going on, there's bound to be some goofiness. These may not be the most practical of gadgets, but they sure are fun. And to balance things out, we've thrown in some of our favorite beer-related apps to help you navigate the pubs come March 17, and beyond.
Whether it's funny hats, painted faces or full-on Leprechaun costumes, there's a lot of silliness that goes on around St. Patrick's Day. In that spirit, here are our top three favorite novelty beer gadgets, presented for your amusement.
1. From Hammacher Schlemmer, purveyor of unnecessary and expensive electronic novelties, comes the Remote Controlled Rolling Beverage Cooler. It holds 12 cans or bottles in ice and is a remote control can direct it forward, backward, left or right, within a range of 40 feet.
3. This cool casemod turns your PC into a beer dispenser, which olds up to 5 liters of beer. Simple as that; what more could you want?
And on the more serious side, we present a selection of beer-related apps. Between microbreweries with varying weather and hyperlocal ingredients, and homebrewing, the newest geek craze (it combines chemistry and drinking, what's not to love), beer is a new frontier for connoisseurship. These apps are designed to help you sample as many beers as possible and develop your palate. Enjoy!
- Two different developers have made app versions of the RateBeer ($1.99 iOS, free Android) site, which boasts a massive database of 92,000 beers and their ratings.
- Beer Hero (Android) is designed to help you locate the nearest beer to you, then select the one that goes best with your meal. It focuses on brewpubs and microbrews, with an emphasis on user driven ratings.
- Beerby (iOS, Android) has a large library of beers and is built around rating them, interconnected with a map of where you've been drinking. Unique in that it lets you add photos to beers you've logged.
- Beer Journal (Android) is a logging app designed to help you take notes about beers and the breweries that make them. 5% of sales of the app go to supporting open source projects.
- BeerCloud (Android, iOS coming soon) is perhaps the most highly recommended of all the beer apps. It syncs your app info with your profile on GreatBrewers.com (hence the 'cloud'), to let you manage your favorite beers, breweries and drinking spots, with comments and geotagging. Coolest feature: pull up a full description of any beer just by scanning in its barcode.
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