Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This Map's For You

As I walk around the streets of this fine city on a daily basis, there's always a question running around my head that I just can't shake.

That question is: Is there a bar or pub near me that sells Budweiser's American Ale- Bud's newest (and arguably best) brew. Fortunately, the fine folks at Budweiser realized that there are likely millions of Americans whose lives have been ruined by their seemingly never successful quest to find this beer.

Fortunately, this beer (yes, this individual beer) has its own website that features an interactive Google map allowing prospective drinkers to enter their zip code and see which nearby establishments feature this beer. Once the zip code is entered, a street map comes up with the locations of participating bars plotted by an American Ale logo.

Clicking on the logo provides the user with the name, address, and phone number of the bar. For those around Northeastern, Conor Larkin's, Our House East, and Huntington Wine and Spirits all carry Budweiser American Ale.

Strangely, this map doesn' t work with all states, as some states have laws prohibiting this service. My home state, Texas, apparently has this restriction, for my home zip code will not work with this service.

This service illustrates how helpful Google maps can be. This map made it very easy to find exactly what I was looking for, while doing it in an aesthetically pleasing way. The maps are very easy to read and they quickly allow the user to get the location of whatever it is they're looking for. I can see why many news organizations are using these maps on their websites.
Photo of Budweiser plant(cc) by the Jesster79 and republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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