So, I hit 2000 unique Untappd check-ins. Above, you see me with my 2000th unique beer, Terrapin HI-5. That was about a month ago, so I’m actually closer to 2050 at this point, but at any rate it happened. With this exciting occasion, I received a few questions about how many of these were just sips vs samples vs pints. I had to think about it a bit, because early on in my Untappd career I do believe some of those were, well, just the sip. Now I’m at a point where I have to sample at least a 2 oz pour for it to count in my mind.
When I first got Untappd, it was just to brag about what I was drinking and to earn badges. Over time I have clearly started taking craft beer more seriously, and use Untappd for another purpose – to actually keep a log of what I’ve had and haven’t along with what I think of the ones that I did have. No more little pecks of beer counting as a check-in.
I even joked with a friend about it who said, “so you’ve had 2000 sips of beer? 2000 little tastes?” to which I replied something along the lines of “my favorite check-ins are when I drink the drip tray and check in all the beers that could be in it”. It’s a witty, and incredibly un-truthful reply, but the whole conversation really got me thinking.
While I love being able to tell you all that I’ve had all of these beers (because I have) and that this has truly helped me hone in on what beers should and shouldn’t be (because it has), but how much of this is truly to feed my own ego? Well, a little bit. I ain’t too proud to admit it. At the same time, a lot of good has come from this as well.
Using Untappd has forced me to want to try new things. It’s so easy to get into a beer slump: always ordering the same things, never straying from stouts or IPAs or whatever you love, and not caring about what’s new and exciting around you. I would’ve never known that I would grow to love IPAs and then sours if I hadn’t been trying these new beers. In some cases early on, I was trying them just to log a new check in. It feels good to get that off of my chest! While it is now entirely in my nature to want to try everything and treat my beers like Pokemon, #GottaDrinkEmAll, it wasn’t always like this.
I also like to use my check-ins to show locals what’s good right now. Not every bar and brewery around us is announcing their new beers and what’s on tap. By checking it in, at its location, others can see that ‘hey, that bar across town has something I’ve been looking for.’ It’s not always about me, you know?
I remember back when I hit 500 beers I couldn’t imagine getting to 1000, 1500, or even 2000. It seemed like such an ambitious task. I love craft beer, I love trying them all, I love sharing my experiences with all of you, I love advocating for something I adore, and I hope that you do too.
So, how many of you out there check in just the sip? How many of you make it to first base? How many of you rank and use Untappd as a location tool? Why do you use Untappd? Let’s start a discussion in the comments.