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Friday, October 24, 2014

New App Leads to Epic Cross-Country Beer Census

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Buying beer always seems harder than it should be. Have you seen your supermarket's beer cooler lately? It's an infinite expanse of bottles, colors, flavors, and varieties. In San Francisco, the desire for small-batch, locally produced food has definitely carried over to beer, magnifying the whole problem with more and more varieties for sale. Why pay for a six pack of a mystery microbrew, when you could play it safe and pick up a pack of Anchor Steam?

Fortunately, a pair of app developers are hard at work, trying to eradicate this painful dilemma, and it's clear they're willing to work for it. George Taylor and Steven Pond are the brains behind Next Glass, an app that takes your personal taste preferences, and tells you how much you'll enjoy a particular variety of beer. You just scan the label and the app will score it for you, making sure that you never waste money on a six pack again.

As simple as the app sounds, it has forced its creators into an epic, beer-collecting road trip. Over the course of the 2014 Beer Census, Taylor and Pond will travel cross-country, buying every beer in America. Every. One. Seriously. They've already bought over 20,000 varieties.

The beers are then sent to a lab, where very specific tests are taken, analyzing the beer's chemical makeup. The beer's genome is fully mapped out, allowing Next Glass to perfectly match your own chemical taste preferences. We're not chemistry experts or anything, but from the look of this lab, its clear these guys aren't messing around. Check it out here.

We'll have to wait for Beer Census 2014 to reach its end before the app goes live, but you can give Next Glass your email to receive updates on the project, as well as early access before the app goes live. Check out the official promo below.

Sneak Peek of the Next Glass App from Next Glass on Vimeo.

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