We are all pilgrims on the same journey – but some pilgrims have better road maps.
– Nelson DeMille
Like any other form of travel it pays to be prepared when beer traveling. For some this means meticulously planning and plotting your visits while for others it means being ready for spontaneity. Whether you identify with the former or the latter you will benefit from using BreweryMap.
I first learned about BreweryMap at the 2011 GABF when a seemingly random passerby was sporting a shirt with the logo. At the time Maria and I had been talking about mapping our brewery visits since nothing I had seen up to that point seemed very useful. When I checked out the website it was like and answer to our dreams.
Not only does it have a huge database of breweries but the interface is simple and intuitive. Many times an app will try to do everything rather than focus on a few things and do those exceptionally. This wbesite/app covers the basic needs of a beer travelers:
- Researching breweries in city you plan on visiting
- Plotting the breweries that are on your path from one place to another
- Letting you know if there are breweries near you at given point.
RESEARCHING DESTINATION CITIES
If you are planning a future trip the web version of the BreweryMap is extremely useful. Type in the destination and the search radius you would like to search within and you instantly have a list of breweries is plotted on a slick map that provides basic information such address, phone number, and the brewery’s website.
I recommend picking out a handful of breweries that your are interested in and making a note of the hours they are open and whether they serve food or not. Then use this list to schedule your visits or as reference for when you are actually in the city and have time to improvise a couple of visits.
HERE TO THERE
If you are planning a road trip the site has a really nice feature that will show you all the breweries on your route. Just enter your start and end points and define the search radius and you will get a map connecting the two points that plots all the breweries on your path.
If you are on a tight schedule I would recommend using a narrow search radius (5-10 miles) so that your results won’t take you too far out of your way. If you are more adventurous and have some time to explore, a wider radius can reveal some hidden gems that are off the beaten path.
BREWERIES NEAR ME
The feature we use the most is on the smart phone app and that’s the “find breweries near me” function. Simply open the app and click the cross hairs button in the upper left hand corner and it will use your current location to automatically show you the nearest breweries. This has come in handy several times when we end up in an area and we didn’t have time to research.
Even if you are a local it pays to try out this feature. You might be surprised to see there are more breweries near you than you think or even see brewerie sin planning. You can define the search radius with this function as well. (The app can do everything the website does, but sometimes it is good to have a bigger screen to get the whole picture.)
BreweryMap has been an essential part of our travels and has found us many places that we weren’t aware of. The website is free and at .99 cents the app is a steal. Of course if you are looking for more from your beer travels you could join us at the Society of Beer Travelers which includes the app when you sign up.