Five Years of Beer on UnTappd

Untappd profileAccording 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.  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 app 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:

Top Breweries

Firestone WalkerMy 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:

Brewery Country
Beer Count
United States2222
Mexico78
Belgium52
England34
Ireland32
Germany29
Canada25
Scotland16
Japan14
Netherlands12
Costa Rica8
Russia8
Italy7
Puerto Rico6
Dominican Republic5
Thailand4
Australia3
Austria3
Brazil3
Greece3
Spain3
Bahamas2
China / People's Republic of China2
Czech Republic2
Singapore2
Argentina1
Denmark1
El Salvador1
Finland1
France1
Iceland1
India1
Jamaica1
Lithuania1
New Zealand1
Nicaragua1
Peru1
Poland1

Top Styles

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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Top Beers

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!

I blame all of the Stella check-ins on Bob. I successfully avoided most of his Miller Lite temptations. (How is Miller Lite like sex in a canoe? They are both f-ing near water!).
Untappd top beers
Untappd Top beers

Untappd

Badges

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.

Untappd Beer Badges

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.

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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.

Top ABV

It figures that the top ABV is a home-brew mead (way to go Nick!).  There are lots of Firestone Walker and Clown Shoes brews on this list. I’ve only put the top few (ABV > 13).

ABV
Beer
Brewery
Style
18.5I Feel the Need For MeadNico's BrewingMead - Other
18120 Minute IPADogfish Head BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
120 Minute IPA (2012)Dogfish Head BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
Raison D'ExtraDogfish Head BrewingBelgian Strong Dark Ale
17.5120 Minute IPA (2013)Dogfish Head BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
17.1Mephistopheles' (2015)Avery Brewing Co.Stout - Imperial / Double
Mephistopheles' Stout (2014)Avery Brewing Co.Stout - American Imperial / Double
Uncle Jacob's StoutAvery Brewing Co.Stout - American Imperial / Double
17He'Brew Jewbelation RebornShmaltz Brewing CompanyStrong Ale - American
15Bolt Cutter (15th Anniversary Barley Wine)Founders Brewing Co.Barleywine - American
Bourbon County Brand StoutGoose Island Beer Co.Stout - American Imperial / Double
14.6Mephistopheles' Stout Avery Brewing Co.Stout - American Imperial / Double
14A Fistful of UnidragonsClown ShoesStout - Russian Imperial
For a Few Unidragons MoreClown ShoesStout - Russian Imperial
For a Few Unidragons More (2017)Clown ShoesStout - Russian Imperial
ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing CompanyStout - Russian Imperial
Parabola (2014)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyStout - Russian Imperial
Smoking Wood (Bourbon Barrel Aged) (2014)The BruerySmoked Beer
The Good, The Bad & The UnidragonClown ShoesStout - Russian Imperial
13.5SucubaFirestone Walker Brewing CompanyBarleywine - English
Sucuba (2014)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyBarleywine - American
Track #10: Bat Out of HellThe Lost AbbeyStout - American Imperial / Double
13.4Stickee Monkee (2014)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyStrong Ale - American
13.3Sucuba (2015)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyBarleywine - American
13.2Bravo (2017)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyBrown Ale - Imperial / Double
HelldoradoFirestone Walker Brewing CompanyBarleywine - American
Helldorado (2015)Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyBarleywine - American
13.1Bishop's Barrel No. 15Saint Arnold Brewing CompanyBarleywine - English

Top IBU

Palate Wrecker is thy name! Again, only the top few (IBU > 100) are shown on this table.

IBU
Beer
Brewery
Style
149Palate WreckerGreen Flash Brewing CompanyIPA - Imperial / Double
120120 Minute IPADogfish Head BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
120 Minute IPA (2012)Dogfish Head BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
Dreamcrusher Double IPADeep Ellum Brewing CompanyIPA - Imperial / Double
118Cedar Aged More CowbellBuffalo Bayou BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
More Cowbell Double IPABuffalo Bayou BrewingIPA - Imperial / Double
115Hop DelusionKarbach Brewing Co.IPA - Imperial / Double
Pussy WagonBrash Brewing CompanyIPA - American
114The JabberwockyLone Pint BreweryIPA - Imperial / Double
110Stone RuinTen Triple IPAStone BrewingIPA - Triple
ValkyrieSouthern Star Brewing CompanyIPA - Imperial / Double
108PuffSixpoint BreweryIPA - Imperial / Double
The EffectBrazos Valley BrewingIPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
104Hog HeavenAvery Brewing Co.IPA - Imperial / Double
Hog Heaven Barleywine (2014)Avery Brewing Co.IPA - Imperial / Double
103Mr. Chain-Blue LightningWest Flanders Brewing Co.IPA - Imperial / Double
ResinSixpoint BreweryIPA - Imperial / Double
102The MaharajaAvery Brewing Co.IPA - Imperial / Double
101Imperial IPA (2014)Green Flash Brewing CompanyIPA - 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!),  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!).

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