Five Years of Beer on UnTappd
According to the Untappd app, August 23, 2017 marks five years since I started using the app. Also according to the app and website, during the last 1,826 days (plus 1 added for a leap year!) I have consumed 1,753 Unique Beers, 2,589 Beers Checked-in (not all of the beers I drank in that time frame were checked in) and earned 985 incredibly valuable badges. Â This includes the nice “For a Few Unidragons More” from Clown Shoes checked in on that anniversary date. As a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western fan and a stout lover, I really like this series from Clown Shoes.
I’ve also hooked innumerable friends onto this addictive app, and also wrote an article about the psychology of the appÂ from a gamification perspective.
As an Untappd Supporter, one can download one’s entire glutinously logged beer consumption history. Just a note for those that attempt this:
- the CSV file download gets screwed up with some of the check-in comments, so make sure that the number of rows of data after CSV import is equal to your total number of logged beers.
- There are some HTML characters in place after import (like the code for ampersand instead of &). I’m sure there’s a way to get rid of this in the import process, but I just did a “Replace” of the few I cared about.
A bit of slicing and dicing later, and here’s what the numbers tell:
My list includes beers from 497 different breweries. Firestone Walker is my favorite brewery and the numbers reflect it. Also reflected is the “drink local” mentality with breweries around Houston, Tampa (where I go for business) and Austin high on the list.
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While the majority of the beers were from breweries in the United States, this includes beers from brewers in 38 countries:
|China / People's Republic of China||2|
Out of the 134 different styles of beer tasted, my preferred styles are dark (stouts and porters) but due to their seasonality (I’d drink them year round, but most breweries release them in the fall for cool weather drinking) I cannot get the ones I want all the time. I was surprised by how far ahead American IPAs were over other styles.
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There’s lots of variety in the list of 1,751 unique beers. I did not typically record every beer, but certainly did for the unique ones. Negra Modelo would be even further out in front if I checked in every one that I had. Every Mexican food dinner is enjoyed with one plus a reposado tequila of some sort. Try it!
At first I thought the Untappd badges were meaningless trinkets. Now I see them as worthless trinkets, some of which show interesting trends. Untappd recently made badges retroactive, so if they announced a new badge all of your previous check-ins would count towards it. They also allowed some badges to go up to a level 100.
For those mathematically inclined (like me) who are wondering why Untappd says I have 982 badges but this screenshot only shows 977 – it’s because they count the “Local Badges” separately. I like the local badges, and I wish more venues would do them. And, if you haven’t tried Craft Pride on Rainey Street in Austin, you really should (they are my highest local badge).
From a trend standpoint, maxing out on the US beer badge (Land of the Free) and the “I take pictures of my beers and post them to the Reddit beer porn sub” badge (Photogenic) are obvious. The “Heavy Weight” badge reflects my penchant for stouts and porters (see the “Top ABV” section below). And given that IPAs are at the top of the Top Styles count, it is somewhat surprising that the “I Believe in IPA” badge is so low.
The “Bar Explorer” badge almost being maxed out is not surprising. But the “Layover” badge only being a level 5 seems to reflect what I have discovered: airports have crap beers. I’m also surprised that the “Big Game” badge is only at Level 2, but this is probably because we hit the same place for every Packers game.
It figures that the top ABV is a home-brew mead (way to go Nick!). Â There are lots of Firestone Walker and Clown Shoes brews on this list. I’ve only put the top few (ABV > 13).
|18.5||I Feel the Need For Mead||Nico's Brewing||Mead - Other|
|18||120 Minute IPA||Dogfish Head Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|120 Minute IPA (2012)||Dogfish Head Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|Raison D'Extra||Dogfish Head Brewing||Belgian Strong Dark Ale|
|17.5||120 Minute IPA (2013)||Dogfish Head Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|17.1||Mephistopheles' (2015)||Avery Brewing Co.||Stout - Imperial / Double|
|Mephistopheles' Stout (2014)||Avery Brewing Co.||Stout - American Imperial / Double|
|Uncle Jacob's Stout||Avery Brewing Co.||Stout - American Imperial / Double|
|17||He'Brew Jewbelation Reborn||Shmaltz Brewing Company||Strong Ale - American|
|15||Bolt Cutter (15th Anniversary Barley Wine)||Founders Brewing Co.||Barleywine - American|
|Bourbon County Brand Stout||Goose Island Beer Co.||Stout - American Imperial / Double|
|14.6||Mephistopheles' Stout||Avery Brewing Co.||Stout - American Imperial / Double|
|14||A Fistful of Unidragons||Clown Shoes||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|For a Few Unidragons More||Clown Shoes||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|For a Few Unidragons More (2017)||Clown Shoes||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|Parabola||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|Parabola (2014)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|Smoking Wood (Bourbon Barrel Aged) (2014)||The Bruery||Smoked Beer|
|The Good, The Bad & The Unidragon||Clown Shoes||Stout - Russian Imperial|
|13.5||Sucuba||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Barleywine - English|
|Sucuba (2014)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Barleywine - American|
|Track #10: Bat Out of Hell||The Lost Abbey||Stout - American Imperial / Double|
|13.4||Stickee Monkee (2014)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Strong Ale - American|
|13.3||Sucuba (2015)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Barleywine - American|
|13.2||Bravo (2017)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Brown Ale - Imperial / Double|
|Helldorado||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Barleywine - American|
|Helldorado (2015)||Firestone Walker Brewing Company||Barleywine - American|
|13.1||Bishop's Barrel No. 15||Saint Arnold Brewing Company||Barleywine - English|
Palate Wrecker is thy name! Again, only the top few (IBU > 100) are shown on this table.
|149||Palate Wrecker||Green Flash Brewing Company||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|120||120 Minute IPA||Dogfish Head Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|120 Minute IPA (2012)||Dogfish Head Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|Dreamcrusher Double IPA||Deep Ellum Brewing Company||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|118||Cedar Aged More Cowbell||Buffalo Bayou Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|More Cowbell Double IPA||Buffalo Bayou Brewing||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|115||Hop Delusion||Karbach Brewing Co.||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|Pussy Wagon||Brash Brewing Company||IPA - American|
|114||The Jabberwocky||Lone Pint Brewery||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|110||Stone RuinTen Triple IPA||Stone Brewing||IPA - Triple|
|Valkyrie||Southern Star Brewing Company||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|108||Puff||Sixpoint Brewery||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|The Effect||Brazos Valley Brewing||IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale|
|104||Hog Heaven||Avery Brewing Co.||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|Hog Heaven Barleywine (2014)||Avery Brewing Co.||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|103||Mr. Chain-Blue Lightning||West Flanders Brewing Co.||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|Resin||Sixpoint Brewery||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|102||The Maharaja||Avery Brewing Co.||IPA - Imperial / Double|
|101||Imperial IPA (2014)||Green Flash Brewing Company||IPA - Imperial / Double|
Top Check-in Locations
Of the 451 locations I was brazen enough to check a beer in at, there are 165 where I checked in only once. Some of those were just for fun (Luckenbach Texas, Thumb Butte Lookout, The Carousel Bar in New Orleans, Leavenworth Federal Prison (the kids were so proud), Houston Air Traffic Control Tower (fly by), Hidden Corner Ewa Beach on Oahu, Grand Canyon National Park Airport, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Locker Room (at the game where the Packer came back from 21 down to beat the Cowboys with a backup QB!), Â Cenote Yokdzonot (in the Yucatan), and the Bull Shark Feeding Grounds (I don’t remember where this was!).
Obviously at home check-ins were the highest. And yes, I’ve checked in 4 beers at Lambeau Field (so far!).[table "35" seems to be empty /]
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