Today is International Beer Day, but before you head your favourite local, why not sample a few of the best beer-friendly apps? Here's how to get the most from your next pint...

They say us Brits love to go on and on about the weather, but we can’t help it: the heat is finally here! And (as long as you’re old enough) there are few things in life that accompany a balmy August evening quite as well as an ice-cold beer.

So it’s just as well that today, 5 August, is International Beer Day! Started in 2007 in California, the day has quickly spread around the world since – and with good reason; who doesn’t like a good reason to grab a bevvy? So that’s your impetus to indulge sorted, but how do you go about it? Don’t head down to the pub until you’ve downloaded these essential beer-lovin’ apps…

Rounding up the next round

BeerAdvocate | Free, online
In July this year, BeerAdvocate, the long running online magazine, discontinued its mobile app in favour of a spangly new responsively designed website. But since the app used to function mostly as portal to the site’s content – which hosts festivals, proffers the latest news and has a massive forum community of beer lovers – we think it still deserves an honourable mention. Head to beeradvocate.com, click on your phone browser’s share icon and ‘add to homepage’ to create an app-like shortcut.

Get your grill on… Why not team your beer with a barbie? If you’re getting ready to fire up the BBQ this summer, you need these top barbecue apps in your apron pocket.