As my wife can attest, I spend way too much time staring into my iPhone. Whenever I need a useless movie casting-related fact, directions to the nearest In-And-Out Burger, or want to feed my Facebook beast, I merely pull out my coveted shiny gadget, push a few colorful icons, and BOOM, stimuli-deprivation abated for another 60 seconds or so.
While my iPhone is packed with more apps than I probably need, or could ever realistically even use, a newly released app I’ve been playing with over the past few days seems to be one of those special programs that is capable of grabbing my short-attention for more that a minute at a time. Its name; Beerhapps. Its goal; to give you the real-time information you need to make the most out of the upcoming Sacramento Beer Week festivities.
The first thing the user will notice when they fire up the app is the sharp artwork. By just looking at the welcoming image, you’re sure to become thirsty for a cold and tasty brew. The following Home Screen is slick looking as well, and easy on the eyes. Four icons towards the bottom provide much of the functionality of the app; they’re the Events, Bars, Breweries, and Extras tabs. The Events tab is loaded with information about what will be happening at dozens of local bars during Sacramento Beer Week. Tap on the Bar tab and a list of nearby pubs listed by proximity to your current location will quickly appear. The Breweries tab provides details on specific brews that will be on tap during Sacramento Beer Week. But the tab that all visitors of ranSACkedmedia had better make themselves familiar with is the Extras tab.
Inside the Extras tab, users will find a handy-dandy B.lood A.lcohol L.evel calculator. As the warning at the start of the program will remind you, “For best results, don’t drive and drive!” But if there is any doubt left in your mind about getting behind the wheel OR calling a taxi for a ride home, let this calculator be your guide. For example, I punched in the following data for myself, a totally realistic combination of my drinking habits;
Weight: 170lbs. Hours: 2. Drinks: 4. My B.A.C.? 0.14%.
That’s nearly twice the legal limit. If this was a real situation and not a controlled test, I’d definitely have no business driving a car. The good news for me is that the app will also call me a cab to pick my drunk-ass up and get me home safe.
There’s also a few more goodies hidden inside the app that I’m not going to spoil for you here. You’re just going to have to download and play around with it for yourself. Going forward, the team behind the Beerhapps app plan to continue to update users about special promotions and events at local drinking holes. What a concept!