A ‘Beer Sash‘ Should Totally Be A Thing

Just imagine these are Untappd badges – photo by Alamy

Nick and I were talking recently on The Perfect Pour about Untappd badges. Somehow this got us talking about analog things.

That got us to a place where we came up with… [wait for it] … BEER SASHES!

It’s like a Girl Scout/Boy Scout sash that displays all the patches/badges earned but for Untappd badges.

At Home Level 100 Badge from Untappd

Yes, like my recent badge for drinking at home a hell of a fucking lot? Make that into a patch and added to the Beer Sash!

Then I go around my local taprooms and beer festivals OBVIOUSLY impressing EVERYONE with my drinking and Untappd prowess.

Someone please get on this.

Can You Toast TOO Much On Untappd?

Untappd Toasts

I saw this post on the Untappd Reddit feed and thought it interesting:

Yeah I kinda think this poster either doesn’t really get Untappd or thinks of it as a private thing. Others agreed:

Someone toasting your checkins is fine, it’s one of the reasons you are on the dang app.

The ONLY thing I will say is maybe the toasts of his old check-ins could be a bit excessive. Which prompts the question:

I think there is. If someone is going REALLY way back and toasting every. single. thing. I’m not sure there is any point to that other than wanting to get the person’s attention REAL bad for whatever [horny] reason.

Sometimes I Get Tired of Untappd

Beachwood “Citraholic” check-in

Nobody talks about Untappd more than I do. I love it. But sometimes… it tires me the hell out.

I just want to drink my damn beer and not worry about taking a perfect flipping picture and putting it on Instagram or checking it in on Untappd.

It can be exhausting. Especially when you’re drunk.

But. But but but BUT, I often DO like posting on Untappd.

I like checking-in Uniques. Writing a little review in hopes it helps someone or the brewer. Or reminds me in the future to get this beer again. Or don’t get it.

I like following other people, seeing what everyone is drinking. I love that ChewYourBeer likes to boast about being the first to drink a beer in his community:

Chew’s first Fieldwork!

People using Untappd in a creative way is the best. It’s pure.

Unlike Instagram, there is no game behind posting. You’re not using hashtags or whatever, to try and gain followers or ‘game’ some algorithm.

You post for you and your beer friends.

So yeah, I get too tired to use the app sometimes and miss posting a new beer. But I always sober-up and comeback. It’s my favorite beer community.

5 Things Untappd Should Do Right Damn Now!

Untappd

I am not one to be afraid to nerd out about Untappd. And I’d be willing to stay on the Untappd App longer (which is what all sites and Apps want from you) if the Untappd Overlords would add these five things.

1. Make It Easy To Do Late Check-Ins.

Half of my check-ins are after the fact. You know, you’re in a situation (like going to dinner with non-beer geeks) and you don’t want to be on your phone, checking in beers. Or you are partying too hard and don’t want to stop and use Untappd.

But later, you want credit for having that beer. So you check-in even though you’re not currently dinking. There is never been a button or added feature to idicate this. What I do and most people do is indicate in the comments that it’s a late check-in. Not the worst thing in the world but also slightly annoying.

2. Give Us One Minute Of Video.

Is that too crazy? Instagram has video so it’s obviously possible. But do I really want it? I don’t have the energy to watch IGTV videos. Barely can watch Instagram Stories.

So why am I asking for video on Untappd? It goes back to wanting to not leave the App. Being able to give a one minute review of the beer could make things more interesting on Untappd, that is for certain.

3. Simplify Finding People.

Take away the extra step in searching for users. When you first search a user name on Untappd it searches through your current friends. If you are trying to find a new-to-you person, you then have to hit the “add” button at the top right and search again. Just make one search, yeah?

4. Change “Beers” back to “Uniques”.

On your profile, it used to compile your basic check-in stats as beers and uniques. Beers is how many times you checked in a beer. Uniques are how many different beers you’ve had. Now, mysteriously, it’s “Check-ins” that represent the number of beers you drank and “Beers” for the number of unique beers you’ve drank. Weird and lame.

5. Give Us A Global and Local Leaderboard

A, Most Untappd Check-ins leader board. This could get ugly. But I really would like to know who had the most check-ins on Untappd. I can guarantee it is not someone that works at Untappd.

Maybe something like Reddit does where you can be upvoted for how good your reviews are or how interesting your check-ins are.

Anyway, Untappd. I’ll keep thinking of junk. You keep listening. Leave a comment if there is something you would like Untappd to do.

Five Things The Big Untappd News Could Be

UPDATE: The “Big News” is Untappd is putting on a festival in NC. *yawn*

I shouldn’t be so curious about it (although I do like writing about Untappd), but Untappd is about to make a big announcement. They have been hyping it for days.

More than the time they got bought out, even. The folks at Untappd are excited about this, so it must be good, yes?

They did have one of their co-founders leave recently and that makes me nervous. Like, “We got him out of the way, now we can finally do that thing he thought was dumb!”

So what the hell is it?! Here are five theories out there.

Untappd Is Getting Bought By The Evil Empire, ABinBev.

Like I said, they’ve already been bought-out so I can’t imagine it being that. I do worry that it could be some sort of Big Beer related partnership, though. Please no. Just…no.

Major App Update.

Yes, of course, but what will be in the update? Would they be making a big deal like this over a new feature? That would be lame. Letting you send pics in your DMs would not be announcement worthy.

In fact, a handful of new features is not hype-worthy too me either.

Untappd Buys-out Another Thing.

This could be it. Credit @beardedbrewer87 for this idea. They buy another social app that gives Untappd a whole other level of … social, stuff.

Lord don’t let it be that they bought a wine check-in app and now you can check booze and wine too. We might riot.

Beer Festival

Boring. If this is it that is so boring. Beer festivals are fine but not fine enough to hype it up in this way. Pretzel necklaces are not everything.

Badges

Dude, I like badges as much as the next user but if this is all about badges then screw you guys. In fact, there had better at least be a “Got Screwed” badge, if this is just about badges. We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.

Clueless In Fresno

I am going with an update to the app that adds a major feature. What that is I have no idea.

We’ll see as they announce it at 1o:00 AM PST.

[Top photo cred to Untappd]