This time last year, we published a little location-based web app to help people in Ontario find the nearest LCBO. But as a native Montrealer, even after three years living in Toronto, I still have not adapted to this land where beer does not flow freely until 11pm at every corner store. So I always knew ultimately I needed to have an app that would cover another option: The Beer Store.

Both the LCBO's app and The Beer Store's mobile site have store locators and product searches, but I'm a big believer in "less is more" and I couldn't find something that covered both store types, and quickly gave me only the specific info I really wanted:

  • Where are the nearest stores (of either type)?
  • Are they open?
  • How much time do I have until closing?

So we went ahead and made an app that does just that. Not that we aren't considering some feature upgrades, but they won't involve product types or wine and food pairings. I'm a simple man — as long as I can find a place to buy some alcohol, I'm sure I can find something there I'll drink.

"The Dowser" is available for the iPhone, and until January 1st, 2014, it's free. So if you'll be in Ontario this holiday season, grab it and let us know what you think!

Happy Holidays!