Some pub-hopping experiences while the craft-brewery industry exploded in popularity led to the idea of making an app that could help direct people to the nearest taproom.

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What:HopPlotter, an app and website that show nearby breweries on a map.

Who: Co-founders Alex Cartmell and Ann Layman

Booming beer: Cartmell and Layman started pub hopping as the craft-brewery industry in Seattle grew. “We went to a bunch of taprooms where you get to try beers that you don’t see in bars or stores,” Cartmell said. The pair noticed there was no app available to direct them to the nearest taprooms.

Where in the world: HopPlotter’s app and website start out on a big map of your area and shows breweries and tap rooms as icons. The icons indicate whether the brewery is open or closed; clicking on an icon leads to more information, including website, address, Yelp reviews, kid friendliness and popular beers.

On the roster: HopPlotter has about 6,000 breweries on its site, and the company launched a way for users to add ones not listed.

Beer buddies: HopPlotter incorporates ratings from another popular beer app, Untappd, which lets people review beers and pubs.

Make a day of it: A feature on the website lets users plan a day trip by clicking and dragging breweries from the map into an hour-by-hour schedule. “The schedule will say what hours breweries are open, and the map reflects the route and gives you directions,” Layman said.

Family business: Cartmell, a former engineer at Expedia, and Layman, a former travel agent, started the company with Cartmell’s sister Lauren, a graphic designer.

A new territory: Cartmell and Layman wanted to work on the company full-time, so they moved to Madrid and its much cheaper cost of living. Layman works part-time teaching English and Cartmell devotes full time to HopPlotter. The pair plan to move back to Seattle after the company, which remains based in Seattle, is more established.

Best brews: Cartmell’s favorite brewery in Seattle is Fremont Brewing, where the pair had their going-away party before moving to Madrid. Layman loves Holy Mountain in Interbay, which specializes in sour beers.

All about the green:HopPlotter is self-funded now, one reason Cartmell and Layman are living in Spain to save money. They plan to head back to Seattle soon and eventually implement a way for the website to make money. Nothing is permanent yet, but the company may work with advertisers and sponsored-breweries results to bring in revenue.

— Rachel Lerman