So I assume if you’re ready this weird and nerdy beer blog, you have probably been to a beer venue that has an Untappd Board. If you haven’t seen one, it is an electronic board above the bar, that you can see yourself displayed at the bottom of the board, checking into the beer you’re drinking at the venue.
If there are not many people checking-in while you’re there, you can have your name take up all the check-ins being displayed. You can “Sweep The Board!”
There it is. That’s the term we are calling it. Sweep The Board.
This was birthed on the Perfect Pour podcast, but we have been calling it different things. “Run the board”, “Own the Board”, “Board Sweep”.
I wanted to tighten it up and make a universal term that we can all start using, making it easier to start trending and try and make this become a thing among users of Untappd. Sweep The Board.
Here is what it looks like in real life from famous L.A. Beer Geek, ChewYourBeer:
See how Chew is kind of unsure of what to call it? (Although “Board Control” sounds kinda cool.)
Please feel free to laugh at my nerdness of all this because it probably deserves to be laughed at, but I think starting a beer trend is pretty damn cool so laugh it up, Fuzzball.
Just remember to use #SweepThe Board when you’re done laughing.
Since we’re here and in case ya didn’t know: Untappd User Name: dorktown (or search for Mikey Top Pour).
I know that Untappd has its own FAQ but how about some Untappd advice from a hardcore user, like me?
A beer nerd that is not very good at giving detailed reviews but knows that they are not good at it. That makes it cool, yeah?
Untappd gets a lot of flack, but I think it is the best beer app for journalling and tracking your beer. I have a physical beer journal (shout out to Moleskin) and I have Untappd. I use Untappd a lot more, even though I love notebooks.
Let’s look at some basics and some of the beer app’s features you might not have thought of or have forgotten about.
How to use Untappd
You have the basics down, right?:
Figure out it’s spelled Untappd, not Untapped.
Download the app.
Sign up for an account.
Make a profile.
Start searching for the beer you’re drinking.
Find friends and add them.
Be annoyed by badges.
Forget to check-in to beers.
Build A Profile Worth Seeing
A normal picture is all you really need. Don’t shy away from making a good, complete profile. You are amongst fellow beer lovers, it’s okay to shout it to the global beer garden that is Untappd “I love beer and I don’t care who knows about it!” There is very little judgment about how much beer you drink, less than you probably think. Have fun and screw those haters!
Don’t Rate Beer Styles You Know Nothing About
Nothing pisses off a brewer more than to go on Untappd, see somebody check into one of their beers, give the beer a shitty rating and then say “I have never had this style, I didn’t like it, 2 stars.”