This App Knows Your Taste in Beer

Picture courtesy zooqini.com

Written by David Ranii for newsobserver.com

Beer Prophet is an app for the iPhone and iPad that sells for 99 cents and was created by a quartet of Triangle entrepreneurs. What it does is recommend beers you’re likely to enjoy based on your past preferences. And you can continuously update your taste profile by making entries about your likes and dislikes in a personal beer journal as you give new brews a try.

“The more you use it, the better it becomes for you,” said John Federal, who has worked on Beer Prophet. Federal’s day job is manager of American Brewmaster, a Raleigh store that caters to people who make beer and wine at home.

Beer Prophet grew out of a conversation that Pete Pagano, owner of Tir Na Nog Irish pub in downtown Raleigh, had with a friend. They were discussing how to best serve customers seeking suggestions of what beers they would like based on the brews they already know they like.

Pagano and his buddy recruited two tech-savvy friends and formed Zooqini, the company behind Beer Prophet. Each of them is an equal partner in the business, but for now the others prefer not to be named, Pagano said.

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South Vancouver Island a Haven for Craft Brewing

Owners and brewer Bonnie and Don Bradley inside the fermentation tank room at The Moon Under Water Brewpub in Victoria, BC. Picture credit: Chad Hipolito for The Globe and MailOwners and brewers Bonnie and Don Bradley inside the fermentation tank room at The Moon Under Water brewpub in Victoria,BC December 20, 2011. - Owners and brewers Bonnie and Don Bradley inside the fermentation tank room at The Moon Under Water brewpub in Victoria,BC December 20, 2011. | Chad Hipolito For The Globe And Mail

Written by Tom Hawthorn for theglobeandmail.com

A private liquor store in Oak Bay promotes the sale of locally brewed ales and lagers in what it calls the “two-mile beer diet.”

At long last, a diet I can follow.

Let’s go to the source. Drive along busy Bay Street to the Rock Bay industrial corridor. Stop at a commercial strip mall. Across the street is a gravel yard. In a nondescript cinderblock building, a former Direct Buy showroom has been transformed into a pub.

This is The Moon Under Water pub and brewery, which boasts “the best service in town – because you serve yourself.” Patrons order from the bar, where publicans pour from taps.
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