An activity said to date back to the fifth millennium BC, guzzling beer is one of the oldest pastimes enjoyed by thirsty people the world over.
The drinking experience has only been improved by smartphones in the modern age, and whether you consider yourself a lager than life character or a pale ale connoisseur, you won't be short of options when looking for a Samsung GALAXY S4 app that suits your needs.
Now's the best time of the year to discover what's out there too, what with a hop-filled sea of beer festivals on the horizon, including the Kent Beer Festival on July 18 – 20 and the Great British Beer Festival on August 13 – 17.
We're off to pour ourselves a pint. Before you do the same, remember the following: UK law states if you're under 18 and drinking alcohol in public, you can be stopped, fined or arrested by the police. It's also illegal for anybody to sell, or attempt to sell booze to you and you can even fall foul of the law by drinking alcohol in licensed premises. You can, however, drink alcohol with a meal with if you're accompanied by an adult and aged 16 or over. Whatever age you are, always remember to drink responsibly. Now that's out of the way, here's our pick of 10 of the best beer-themed apps.
End the cardinal sin of drinking alone with Untappd
Drinking beer has been a traditionally social pastime throughout the ages, so it was inevitable that a social network designed to connect likeminded people with an interest in the activity would rise to the top of Google's Play store like a barrel full of delicious yeast.
Simply put, Untappd is a social networking app that treats beers as people. This allows you to 'follow' them to see which pubs they're offered in. And they even trend, Twitter style, if enough people are drinking them.
Of course, Untappd is all about being social, and the app also allows you to track, rate and take photos of beers, which can then be shared with friends. It will also reward you with badges for trying different styles and visiting various haunts, introducing a competitive element. (Not that drinking needs one, if we're honest).
A guide to beer apps wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Good Beer Guide by CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale). A mobile version of the same award-winning guide published by CAMRA every year, this 'yellow pages of ale' features full reviews of 4,500 pubs throughout the UK and includes details of every real-ale brewery and their regular brewers.
To get the most from the app you'll have to sign up as a CAMRA member to unlock its full potential however, or you'll be limited to viewing information about a single venue. If you're serious about real ale, it's the most comprehensive offering of its kind out there.
The best-designed app on our list, Perfect Pint looks stunning on the GALAXY S4's generous Full HD Super AMOLED display. It acts as a virtual map of real ales, pubs and beer festivals around the UK, meaning a quick flick of the smartphone's GPS feature will have you racing to the nearest venue in moments.
Perfect Pint also allows you to track down venues that offer a certain type of drink, such as bottles, rather than draft, making it a good shout if you're in the presence of picky company. The app also allows you to add tasting notes for any beer sampled in a pub, meaning it's a constantly evolving live directory. Nifty.
Some say that the key to a successful pub-crawl is organisation. It's unfortunate, then, that most people tend to lose their sense of direction after the inevitable pork scratchings make an appearance halfway along the route.
Pubdroid.com's Pub Crawl app helps by allowing a group to pre-set a route before syncing it to everybody's devices, meaning participants are on the same page and can (theoretically) straddle to the next pub in inebriated tandem.
It serves a second purpose too, in providing a list of visited pubs in case anybody loses their possessions or gets lost along the way, which on a successful pub crawl is pretty much a given.
BeerCounter is a wonderfully simple app that does what it says on the (alcohol-soaked) tin and then some. The idea is that you press the beer mat every time you've drank a beer. Not only could this increase your awareness of how many beers you've sunk, but it also keeps a tab on how much you've spent, which your hungover self would no doubt appreciate the next morning.
While these two features make this a handy app on their own, digging beneath the surface reveals extra settings that allow you to change the beer price, show the last time you drank a beer, change the currency and post to Twitter or Facebook every time you've sunk an ale. Just don't get too inebriated that you forget to 'accidentally' update your tally.
Whether you're a permanent London dweller or simply planning a trip for the weekend, Craft Beer London will have you hunting down craft beers in the capital like a bear in a swimming pool of salmon.
The app features ratings, photos, reviews and directions to London's pubs and shops selling craft beer, in addition to detailed reviews and recommendations on London's leading craft breweries. It will also keep you up to date on all of the latest craft beer news and dives deep into its history, providing a vital second use during pub quizzes.
For those seeking a free and uncomplicated home brewing app, BrewR Beer Recipe Manager allows recipes to be drilled down into file detail. You can edit anything from batch sizes to boil volumes, efficiency percentages, weight, gravity and colour.
It also features the option of sharing recipes with fellow GALAXY S4 owners using the handset's in-built NFC function. You could even combine this with the S4's Group Play feature to play the same music tracks while you brew. We suggest Bran Van 3000's 'Drinking in LA' to get you going.
BeerSmith 2 is all about 24/7 access to recipe data
The second home brewing app on our list is possibly the most comprehensive of its kind available on the GALAXY S4. At the heart of the app is a 'recipe cloud service' that stores data on ingredients, recipe and brew session data on the web, rather than your phone, meaning you can access your data on any internet-connected device at any time.
Advanced features include an integrated brew day timer with step-by-step instructions, brewing calculators and tools for converting unit rounds. If the £5.24 price tag seems a little too steep, you can opt for a Lite version at £2.49, which allows you to browse, but not create or alter recipes.
Here's an app for the frequent traveller that puts an end to the awkward act of pointing at beer pumps when visiting bars in other countries.
Beer Orderer is a wonderfully simple app that asks two questions: how many beers you want to order, and what language you want to order them in.
After choosing the two, pressing a button brings up a translation of what you've ordered in your chosen language, which you can then attempt to read out loud (in a bad accent), or can simply show the bar tender. Problem averted.
RateBeer, as the name suggests, is all about rating beer. Simply put, if all you're after is a run down of the top 50 craft beers available in the UK, this app has the answer.
Not only that, but the app has a few unique tricks up its sleeve. First off, it lets you use the GALAXY S4's camera to scan barcodes found on beers and other drinks, meaning you can easily find beer served at one pub at other places. It's practically the Shazam of beer apps (look it up if you're not familiar).
Second, RateBeer functions as a kind of FourSquare of pubs, allowing you to check in to local beer places so that your friends can find you. You can rack up your pub tally over time until you've acquired more beer knowledge than Al Murray, which probably isn't too difficult, come to think of it.