If nothing else, untappd has some really nice looking badges that you might not ever see if you are not using untappd yourself. I get a strange sense of satisfaction and excitement to "earning" the untappd badges. Yes, I realize it makes me a childish geek. I've come to terms with my immature nerdishness (in all kinds of areas) long ago.
Social Drinker ... I got this badge by commenting on 10 check-ins by my virtual friends in a month. The beer I was drinking that unlocked this badge was a Mañana by Del Norte at Hacienda Colorado.
Just as an aside, I thought Mañana was a completely fantastic Mexican Amber lager. I've heard of Del Norte before, but never had their beer (as far as I remember anyway). It is a local brewery to me. I'll have to make an attempt to visit their tasting room sometime ... assuming they have a tasting room.
Merry Brew-mas (2011) ... I got this by drinking a beer on Christmas Eve. The beer I drank to unlock this badge was Psychotically Dark and Bitter IDA by SheppyBrew at SheppyBrew Brewery.
Untappd Groupie ... I got Untappd Groupie by drinking at least 5 beers that the founders of Untappd have had. I don't know which 5 they were except the 5th beer was an Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Co. that I had at SheppyBrew Brewery.
Speaking of Arrogant Bastard Ale, SheppyBrew Brewery has developed a beer recipe in honor of and in celebration of my fascination with AB and Stone's refusal to give out their recipe. The SheppyBrew beer is called Pompously Illegitimate Red Ale and I will probably let you know when I brew it.
Find the Source ... Apparently I got this by drinking at least 10 beers at Microbreweries. The 10th beer was the same Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Co. that I had at SheppyBrew Brewery to get the Untappd Groupie badge.
NOTE: the next four I got on new-years-eve-day. I had no idea I was going to get any one of these four.
Beer Party ... Not 100% sure, but think I got this because I checked-in at a place that at least 4 other people checked into around the same time. The check-in that got me this was 2220 Red Ale by Breckenridge Brewery at Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub
Bar Explorer ... I got this one for checking in my beers at 10 different venues. The beer that got me this one was the same that got me the Beer Party: 2220 Red Ale by Breckenridge Brewery at Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub
Journeyman ... 50 unique beers tried on untappd. I got this with Lucky U IPA by Breckenridge Brewery at Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub
Winter Wonderland ... Got this by trying 5 different "winter beers". I would be interested in knowing which 5 they were. The 5th one was XMas Ale 2009 by SheppyBrew at SheppyBrew Brewery
The fact that I added SheppyBrew Brewery as a venue for checking in beers on untappd is just more evidence of my immature nerdishness. Don't judge me.
Happy Brew Year (2012) ... All I had to do to get this one was drink a beer on New Year's eve (after 9pm). I could have had one anytime on New Year's day too, but I had mine on New Year's eve. Unlike the last 4, I knew that I would be getting this one when I drank the beer. The beer I drank was Snow Day by New Belgium Brewing Company.
New Brew Thursday (Level 2) ... New Brew Thursday is apparently another one of those badges that have "levels". Every time you try a new beer on 3 Thursdays in a 30 day period, you achieve another level. I drank Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery at SheppyBrew Brewery to get this new level. (note ... I have had this beer before, but this is the first time I've logged it into Untappd.
One of my favorite beer blogging celebrities recently posted an article "My Untappd Code of Ethics". Billy is one of my untappd friends. I have so few friends and he has so many that he probably doesn't even notice my check-ins. I am hoping he doesn't consider this series of blog posts "bragging", though (see #1 on his list). Billy actually commented on my comment on his post:
"I remember your post a few weeks ago about getting into Untappd. That was a good read. It made me excited to get my smartphone shortly after."It makes me feel good that Billy reads my blog and that I might have influenced him some with this blog. Billy, though, if you are reading this, please leave a comment. PLEASE. (everyone else leave one too).
Again, if you use untappd, come make a friend request to me. I promise I'll confirm you as my untappd friend: http://untappd.com/user/esheppy.
I'll leave you with this cool video about the Denver Beer Culture:
And another one on the GABF: