Beer Census in Portland to research app

Next Glass, an app that will predict your next beer, is in the making

The beer census truck is in Portland Tuesday-Wednesday to test local craft beers for the Next Glass app. (Next Glass)
The beer census truck is in Portland Tuesday-Wednesday to test local craft beers for the Next Glass app. (Next Glass)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – What better way to decide on which beer to have next than with the compiled data of thousands of brews in the palm of your hand?

There will soon be an app for that, and it’s being compiled through the beer census.

The Next Glass app aims to predict which beer or wine a person looking to enjoy a drink should have next.

Two men — Stephen Pond and George Tayler from North Carolina– are driving the appropriately named “beer census truck” across the country to taste and test 10,000 craft beers. The pair plan to buy and test as many craft beers as possible in Portland over the course of Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22.

The chemistry of each beer or wine is compared against drinks already enjoyed by the drinker, to give a more scientific analysis of which craft beer to have next, rather than relying on word of mouth.

“It really doesn’t matter if it’s a stout or an IPA because if it has a similar DNA I can guarantee you’re going to like it,” said Next Glass spokesperson George Taylor.

“It used to be subjective. Now, it’s personal,” reads the Next Glass website, which calls the product “the next step in taste’s evolution.”

So far, the team has tested more than 12,000 bottles of beer, collected more than 15,000 and listed 642 breweries on the app.

The beer census truck will be at Belmont Station, the Beer Mongers and John’s Market.

  • Belmont Station – 4500 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 – Tuesday 21st September 10AM – 5PM
  • The BeerMongers – 1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 – Wednesday 22nd September 11AM – 2.00PM
  • John’s Market – 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219 – Wednesday 22nd September 2.30PM – 5.00PM

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