Feb. 2 2011 10:36 AM

Jeff and Melani Gordon's solution to your drinking problem

beer

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then Jeff and Melani Gordon may have tragic drinking problems. Their crippling need for oddly specific craft brews, combined with a mutual distaste for combing through stale tap lists online, inspired the creation of the first Taphunter app. A mere two years later, social media and smart-phone-fiddling drunkards have propelled Taphunter's presence into seven different major cities.

Taphunter's mobile-optimized website (taphunter.com) and iPhone app provide invaluable assistance to beer connoisseurs on the go. Do you want to use geolocation to find the nearest restaurant serving beers from a list of your favorites? Taphunter can do that. Perhaps you wish to save fellow admirers of Pliny the Elder the pain of discovering the local haunt's keg is tapped. Taphunter will help deliver that bad news to others in a calm, reassuring voice. Maybe you're seeking a massage parlor with discrete red-light services? There it totally fails, but two out of three is still respectable.

Taphunter's functionality relies heavily on an engaged user base flagging and tagging beers between sips. The craft-brew community's mantra of “It takes a village to raise a beer snob” has perpetuated taphunting efforts, but don't fret if you're not burdened with altruism.

Updates to the Taphunter database earn users points for display on their website's leader board and possibly the occasional prize, as well.

Taphunter's latest triumph is the launch of its new Android app. I found it to be intuitive and capable. I rather enjoyed playing with it on the Taphunter demo phone, but not nearly as much as I relished smashing it to the ground. Jeff and Mel didn't appreciate it, but I've seen enough Terminator movies to know what happens when these machines get too smart.

Those of you with intact Android smart phones can search for Taphunter in the Android app market to download it to your device.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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