Drinking is not always as easy as it sounds. There are mountains of varieties, brands, flavors, and bottles to choose from, making a simple task—say, enjoying your evening—quite difficult. Thankfully, the kind people at Proof 66 have given your iDevice Liquor Hub, which offers everything you need to make an informed alcohol decision.
What Liquor Hub attempts to be is that cool friend who knows everything about booze, only pocket-sized and not as lush. The app seeks to be an all-out dictionary of alcohol, providing reviews of almost every brand known to man: All of which are categorized within the app’s “Guru” by location, occasion for drinking, best brew of the year, color, gift potential, etc. There are a mountain of specific categories that will meet your every drinking need. Similarly, booze can be searched for using either the spirits tab along the bottom—if, say, you’re only interested in good vodka—or using the search bar.
If you’re out and about in the supermarket or liquor store and you wonder just how good that expensive brand of scotch could be, Liquor Hub might easily be your first stop for an answer. The app even features a barcode scanner. Finding out if a liquor is recommended or not is only a quick UPC scan away. Never again, will you have to be stuck with a bad bottle of brew. Not only that, but the intertextual menus offer up a wealth of snark and sass that makes the experience even more enjoyable.
The app worked brilliantly, no matter how long I poked or prodded. Liquor Hub’s “Guru” feature, which suggests a bottle of the-good-stuff based on your criteria, worked like a charm. It produced consistently tasteful lists, and I haven’t any doubt the app could be used to plan a party or social gathering.
Outside of just suggesting liquors, Liquor Hub makes searching for a specific bottle very easy, and I couldn’t think of any brand the app didn’t recognize. The rating system—which is based on information available via the developer’s excellent website, Proof 66—took a minute to get used to, but once I had the hang of it I found the information provided wholly helpful. On a similar note, users of the iPhone app are required to create an account at start-up. Using this account, drinkers the world over are free to rate and comment on their favorite brands, continuously improving the app’s available data and subsequent recommendations.
At a solid dollar in the AppStore, there’s really no reason to hold back if your a fan of liquors. There’s a wealth of variety in both drink and information spread across Liquor Hub’s menus, and at so modest a price, you only have a better night to gain from its wisdom.
Liquor Hub iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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