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Best apps for the iPhone: 14 Must-have beer apps

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Find the perfect brew with a tap

From social networking with other beer connoisseurs around the world to on-the-spot tips for picking the right lager, these 14 beer apps are just what the brewmaster ordered.
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Beer Match

Beer Match

No, it's not a dating app that pairs you with others around you who have similar taste in beer. Beer Match lets you find the perfect beer to pair with your meal in an instant. (iTunes, $1)

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BeerCloud

Beer Cloud

BeerCloud helps you discover your favorite new beers by style, location or food-pairing needs. It also has a UPC scanner so you can get the scoop on any new beers you're checking out. (iTunes, free)

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Untappd

Untappd

We can't believe this app is free! Create your own "brewery" with Untappd! This social media app for beer-lovers lets you communicate with other connoisseurs around the world to suggest, discover and find the best beers around. You can find out where your friends are drinking, find the beer you want nearby and even post to other social media accounts. The features are endless (unlike a keg), so download it now to share, share, share! (iTunes, free)

4

Happy Houred

Happy Houred

This free app saves you cash when you're just looking for a good brew at a reasonable price. Use Happy Houred to search for the best deals near you. It locates deals on beer, wine, spirits and even food! (iTunes, free)

5

Find Craft Beer

Find Craft Beer

If you're less interested in saving money than in getting a tasty craft brew, download Find Craft Beer. This app lets you find bars and breweries where you can get just what you're looking for. (iTunes, $1)

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IntelliDrink

IntelliDrink

After locating all those fab beers, you'll probably want to invest in a device that helps keep you in check (and off the road) when you've neglected to "drink responsibly." IntelliDrink is a sophisticated blood alcohol level calculator that estimates your blood alcohol level based on your age, weight, gender, the type of alcohol you're having and drinking frequency. It lets you set up individual profiles for yourself and your friends. (iTunes, $2)

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Taxi Finder

Taxi Finder

After finding that your blood alcohol level is a bit over the legal limit, you'll need Taxi Finder, an app that lets you locate a cab service near you and estimate the fare. (iTunes, $2)

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iBeer FREE

iBeer FREE

If you're the designated driver, that doesn't mean you have to abstain completely. iBeer lets you choose from five beers, then simulate drinking them from your iPhone with realistic fluid movement. Your blood alcohol level won't be any higher than if you drank water all night, but you'll still be able to join in the festivities. (iTunes, free)

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DrinkFit

Drink Fit

Light drinkers may be less concerned with blood alcohol levels and more concerned with calorie or carb counting. If that's you, download DrinkFit, an app that gives you the nutrition facts of your favorite beers, wines and spirits and lets you find the "healthiest" adult beverage based on your dietary needs. (iTunes, $2)

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Beer Battery

Beer Battery

OK, so this is just a novelty app, but wouldn't your iPhone 5s be so much happier if your battery charge were measured by whether the glass was half full or half empty? Beer Battery monitors the charge in your iPhone's battery and keeps you apprised via a cold, refreshing pint. (iTunes, $1)

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Gallagher's Beer Guide

Gallagher's Beer Guide

Next time you see a brand new tap at your local pub, you'll want to have Gallagher's Beer Guide handy. This app will help you determine what brews meet your standards and discover new beers you'll want in your mug ASAP. (iTunes, $1)

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Beer Pong

Beer Pong

This fun app lets you play beer pong even if you don't have little plastic cups! We love Beer Pong because it gives you something to do while your friend is waiting in the inevitable backed-up line in the ladies room. (iTunes, free)

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Beer Counter

Beer Counter

The beer counter is great for situations when you're not entirely sure you trust your server (you know what we mean) or for those who just want to track their spending. Beer Counter doesn't just count your beers, it lets you change the price when happy hour is over so you know you're not going over budget. (iTunes, $2)

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iBrewMaster

iBrewMaster

If you prefer to brew your own suds, iBrewMaster is the app for you. It lets you store and share your favorite recipes, manage your batch timeline and shop for the supplies you need on the go. (iTunes, $10)

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