Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Untappd, Drync, Elixr, and more!

Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Untappd, Drync, Elixr, and more!

From creating wine pairings to rating craft brews, these are the best iPhone apps for beer and wine drinkers!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you discover great beer and wine? You've come to the right place! While the App Store may not have a wealth of beer and wine apps to choose from, it's got a good enough selection to take the guess work out of choosing which bottle of wine you should buy or which local brewery deserves a visit. But which beer and and wine apps are the very best?


Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Untappd

Untappd is a social beer finding app that lets you connect with friends as well as find popular beer around you. Add friends or view people nearby to see what they're drinking. Untappd offers a wealth of information on local and craft beers including ratings from others. You can then add beers to your wish list or find places that sell or serve them right within Untappd.

If you want beer drinking to be a social affair, you want Untappd.

Beer Buddy

Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Beer Buddy

Beer Buddy focuses on the beer and only the beer. Search for beers by location, by type, and more. You can then view in-depth information on a specific beer along with reviews from other Beer Buddy users. You can also check out events and news about beer too. While Beer Buddy doesn't carry the social aspect Untappd does, it puts the beer front and center and provides more information than you can shake a stick at.

If you want to learn and discover as much about beer as you can, you can't go wrong with Beer Buddy.


Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Drync

Drync is an app all about wine. Not only can you scan any label to view information about a particular bottle, you can also compare prices, purchase wine, and have it shipped straight to your door right through the Drync app. You can also use Drync to track and rate your favorite wines as well as view ratings from other Drync users.

If you want an all in one place to browse, buy, pair, and rate wine, get Drync.

Vivino Pro

Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Vivino Pro

Vivino Pro is much like the Drync app but has a much more in-depth system for managing and storing your favorite wines. Not only can you add wines inside the Vivino Pro app, you can also upload existing photos and maintain a virtual wine cellar of your favorites so you never forget one. As you add things Vivino Pro can recommend other wines it thinks you'll like based on your tastes. You can also check out what other Vivino users are drinking.

If you want the largest library of wines paired with the best way to manage them, check out Vivino Pro.

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Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Elixr

Elixr is a rating app not only for beer and wine, but any kind of alcoholic drink. You can follow your friends on Facebook or from your contacts as well as find other Elixr members around you. To start finding great drinks just look for places around you and then tap on the name to view drinks other members have rated. The only down side is that smaller areas don't seem to have a vast amount of information. If you live in a large suburban area though, you should find a decent amount of reviews and data within Elixr.

If you want a single app for beer, wine, and cocktail information and ratings, Elixr is your best bet.

Your favorite beer and wine apps?

Last year I wrote an article talking about how I felt the selection of beer and wine apps was lacking in the App Store. Offerings have somewhat improved since then but I still find myself wishing there were more options to choose from. Do you have any great beer and wine apps on your iPhone? If so, what are they and what makes them so great? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Best beer and wine apps for iPhone: Untappd, Drync, Elixr, and more!


This is a bit location specific, but if you happen to be in London then Craft Beer London is excellent (I think they also do a New York version but I haven't used it).

Thanks for the review! There are ton of Wine apps in the AppStore. Here are some additional Wine apps: Wine spectator, Lot 18,, pocket wine, and snooth just to name food.

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In spite of rare updates and a user experience that I find generally unpolished and occasionally buggy, I have stuck it out with Untappd. It's available on every major mobile platform and on the web. Heck, it's even on Windows Phone! It seems to have a fairly large and active community. Last but not least, I managed to convince my circle of beer aficionados to adopt it a while ago.

Hey Eric,

This is Greg from Untappd. Can you tell us what's bug with the app and how it's unpolished? We'd love to fix this for you, so you can use it without issues. You can enter a ticket a we can help out! Thanks!

co-founder | Untappd

Try Hops, it's a newer app that lets you rate every beer you try, then gives you beer suggestions based on your established preferences and current location. It also lets you save beers you like, and it has a maps feature to help you find breweries and pubs wherever you go. It has a pretty thorough database of beers and breweries, and lets you view pictures and stats about any beer. Costs 99 cents but I'd say it works better than any of the free apps.

I like corkbin by Inmite and have been using it for years. I am mostly interested in remembering the good wines I've had and corkbin allows me to do that with a photo of the label and room for notes. It also has a social feature that I don't use much. It's pretty bare bones but I like it that way

Inmite also makes a beer app called On Tap that does the same thing for beers but since I rarely drink beer in bottles or cans, it is a little harder to use the picture feature which is central to these apps

I'll have to try out those wine apps. I've been using a free wine app called Delectable. Like the others, it scans labels and you can buy wine directly through the app.

I have been using the Brewski Me app for over 1.5 years. I don't recall the cost, but I believe it's under $3 (think iOS only). It helps me to keep track of all the beers I drink and any associated ratings or notes. Also links with friends and social media. There is a barcode scanner and you have the ability to manually add beers.

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"Hello Vino" is awesome. Shows you how to pair wines with foods. Has a pronouncing button to learn how to pronounce wines correctly.

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I really like Untappd for beer and Wine Notes (iPhone only) for wine. The first is more social and fun, the last is a great app for rating and saving wine. I have quite a big library of wines with all the notes, ratings and comments. Can you please recommend me any app for beer with good rating function? Thanks!