With more and more breweries trying to cash in on the craft beer craze, it can be hard for an average Joe to know which beers are truly made by microbreweries, and which are just macrobrews masquerading as small-time operations. Craft Check is a simple app that will do the dirty work for you. Just scan the barcode or type in the name of the beer you're thinking of buying, and it will check against its database of brews to tell you whether you've got the genuine article or a Budweiser in Bell's clothing.
Social networks like Foursquare are great for letting you know when your friends are out on the town, and where they're at. But they're also great for keeping track of where people you don't want to see are at. It's for that reason that Cloak was created. This "anti-social" app leverages location data from both Foursquare and Instagram — with support for more networks promised in the future — to let you know if you're getting too close to someone you'd rather not run into. The best part? It's totally free.
Most golfers aren't born great — lessons are typically required for a really solid game. But finding a good coach can be easier said than done — unless you're using Mobicoach. This new real-time, remote coaching and analysis service uses an app to connect you to top golf coaches no matter where you are. Features include video and screen sharing, real-time whiteboarding, voice chat, and compatibility with the SwingTIP motion sensor. In other words, if you're at the range, you can get a lesson — whether you're in Lexington or Lebanon.
Whether you're just getting introduced to sushi or are a long time fan, Sooshi should have something to interest you. This surprisingly deep app is split into five sections, providing information on the most common sushis and how to prepare them, the utensils you'll need, how to select the best fish, other ingredients, and, should you decide that you're not feeling up to making it yourself, a restaurant finder that uses your current location and Foursquare information to find the best sushi spots nearby.
Caffeine is everywhere — in our coffee, in our energy drinks, even in our snacks. But very few of us really know how it affects us, or how much they ingest every day. Up Coffee could change all that. Made by Jawbone, it tracks your caffeine levels throughout the day as it learns more about how your body metabolizes the drug. It even compares your intake to your quality of sleep, giving you a better look at how your body works. And while the Up fitness tracker might cost money, Up Coffee is completely free.