Wondering what’s on tap at your local watering hole? Want to find a good beer bar while you’re on the road? Take a look at Taplister, an iOS app and website based on the Foursquare API that lets you find and edit tap lists for local bars.
Taplister offers two ways to search: by bars or by beers. Choosing the bars option shows nearby bars (from Foursquare) and lets you drill down to see what’s on tap. Choosing the beers option show a list of nearby beers and where you’ll be able to find them. Most beers show their rating from RateBeer, so you’ll know whether they’re worth drinking, along with data like ABV, style, etc.
Like Foursquare, Taplister relies on users to generate the tap lists for each bar. Adding a beer is as simple as searching for it by name and tapping the add button. Unfortunately there’s not yet a way to add a beer to the database, which makes it impossible to enter some of the more experimental brews you might find at your local micro-brewery.
Bar owners/managers can also claim their venues on Taplister and edit their own tap lists — complete with a Facebook app and a digital beer board that can be display on a big screen TV in the bar. Widgets can even be added to their website to show the current list.
As it’s a new(ish) service, the data in Taplister is currently a bit sparse, but it does appear to offer a solid framework for storing the data. Using the iOS app, it took just a few seconds to update the tap list at the microbrewery while I waited for my dinner to arrive on New Years Eve. The app and website are both well-designed, too, making it a pleasure to use.