Android Apps for Drinkers

Are you never quite sure which wine goes with baked macaroni and cheese? Did you remember trying an amazing beer the other night but can't remember the name of the brew? What exactly goes into a White Russian? Did you ever want to use your phone to pretend you had a glass of wine? You can find easy answers to these and more questions by checking out these boozy Android apps. (Please drink and app responsibly.)  

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Vivino boasts that they are the "world's most downloaded wine app." Vivino is a free download from the Android Play store, but two of the five main features cost additional money. Their main features are: 

The Wine Label Scanner:  This lets you use your phone to snap a picture of the label and scan it against a database of wine labels. If Vivino finds a match, you can view information about the wine without having to do any typing. My experience is that this generally works well in adequate lighting, but smaller, local wines aren't necessarily in the database. 
Wine List Scanner: Just like the wine bottle scanner, this uses your phone's camera to scan wine lists from restaurants. I had less success getting matches using this method, likely because wine lists use inconsistent fonts. ​
My Wines: This is probably the ultimate goal for using this app. Keep a log of wines you've tried and give them your personal rating. You can see how others have rated a wine, but that doesn't mean one person's "earthy" isn't another person's "mud."

Features that cost money:
Buy Wine: If your state allows online wine sales, you can use the app and Android Pay to buy wine. 
Vivino Premium: This is Vivino's ongoing subscription service for $4.99 a month. Premium features include ratings from experts (instead of the crowd ratings of the free app) and more detailed information on wine storage.  More »

 Untappd is pretty much the standard for beer tracking apps. It combines some gamification elements (you can unlock badges) and social sharing (connect with friends). Check into locations and track and rate the beers you try. Untappd does not scan labels or beer lists, but the social sharing and location tracking more than compensate. 

Untappd's database of beers is good, but not perfect. You can quickly search based on a word or two for beers in the database, but If you're into a local craft beer scene or trying small batch seasonals, you'll have to enter the beers you try by hand. Preferably before drinking too many of them. 

Untappd also tracks hard ciders, but it does not rate wines.  More »

Mixology is an app that provides cocktail drink recipes (7,900 of them) and converts between metric and imperial measurements for you, so you don't have to guess at centiliters and teaspoons.

Mixology also has a "liquor cabinet" feature that lets you tell the app what liquor you have on hand and let it tell you what recipes are options with those ingredients. You can also spin the wheel and choose a random drink if you're feeling adventurous. You can also choose based on the type of drink you're interested in (sweet, classic, popular, shooters, etc.) 

Mixology also has recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails and hot drinks. 

You can save favorite recipes and also create and store your own recipes. 

If you don't like the ads in the free version (which are rather intrusive), you can make them go away by buying the app for $1.49

The free version of Mixology also lists all liquor using brand names, while the premium version lists recipes with the generic type of liquor that should go in them.  More »

 If you already know the difference between pinot noir and syrah, you might try the SWE Wine and Spirits Trivia app to take your knowledge to the next level. This app was designed as a study guide for people who want to be a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) or a Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS), but that doesn't mean you need to actually get a certificate in order to learn trivia or quiz yourself on wine.  More »

This is just a gag app, but it's pretty amusing and a free download. Progimax's Wine app is a wine simulator. Your phone displays a glass of wine that splashes when you shake it back and forth and drains when you tilt your phone as if drinking.  

If you want to do the same thing with beer instead, try iBeer.  More »