Drinking a beer is akin to taking a walk through history, and around the globe. Since ancient times, beer has been enjoyed as a fermented beverage worthy of historical note, and even of poetry!
April 7 is National Beer Day, which celebrates the day on which U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ended Prohibition early for beer. While this day of remembrance was born of the USA, we invite our beer-loving community around the world to raise a glass and celebrate with us!
So this National Beer Day, strike up your own adventure, and crack open a brew from your local treasure chest, or beer fridge, earning a different kind of treasure with this limited-edition badge, available April 7th, 2021 only. Check-in any beer on April 7th, 2021 to earn the badge.
Like badges? Check out the Drinking Socially Podcast to learn about the treasure-trove of badges available to the adventurer in you.
Hypnotizing, huh? This sweet, sexy, Salted Caramel Hard Coffee is just the latest addition to the Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee family. When we tell you about the tantalizingly delicate notes of caramel with just a hint of salty, savory goodness, we're not just waxing poetic—this thing is damn good.
And sure, the caramel-y notes may be delicate, but this drink is anything but soft. Spiked to keep things interesting, this is how coffee goes hard. It's ready to drink straight from the can, and pairs well with completely relatable activities like checking the mail or paying your bills. Or just knocking back a few with friends.
Fair warning, once this sweet and salty nectar pours out of the can and down your gullet, you may feel compelled to fall to your knees, shake your fists at the sky, and cry out: "Is there more?!"
Worry not, there absolutely is. The Pabst Hard Coffee cinematic universe is still expanding. Stay tuned for the next drippity drop coming later this summer.--
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
Check-in to one (1) Salted Caramel Hard Coffee by Pabst between April 6, 2021 and May 6, 2021 to earn the "Hypnotized & Caramelized" badge.
In the collegiate tournament, we've already crowned one champion, as the No. 1 seeded Stanford University won the women's championship game! On the men's side, Baylor and Gonzaga will be fighting for the title, the latter of which is coming off an incredible buzzer-beater in overtime. In the Untappd Brewery Madness, we are treated to the No. 1 seeded Stone Brewing versus the No. 23 seeded Other Half Brewing Co.
Will we have a No. 1 seed win the women's title, the men's title, and the Brewery Madness title?
Fun Facts from the Semifinals:
For the fourth straight round, Other Half Brewing Co. logged the most check-ins of remaining breweries
Tree House Brewing Company (2019 champion) logged the second-most check-ins in the semifinals, but unfortunately, they went up against the brewery that logged the most
Stone Brewing had its best performance of the tournament thus far!
Make every sip count with a Kindling. When you choose Kindling Golden Ale you're supporting non-profits across our communities. Giving back has always been a part of Odell Brewing's business. Now, Kindling Golden Ale is brewed to support non profits who ignite conversations, build communities, and amplify voices. Powered by our commitment to donate 1% of all revenue, together we will spark change.
Now available year round on draft and in 6-pack cans.
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
Check-in to 1 Kindling Golden Ale by Odell Brewing Co between April 5, 2021 and May 5, 2021 to receive the "Odell Kindling Golden Ale" Badge.
Funky Buddha's new line of limited bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts are mysteriously dark, perfectly balanced, and beyond tasty. Throughout the year, they'll be releasing a rotation of Void Shaker variants including original, vanilla, and coffee – all aged exclusively in High West Distillery barrels.
Celebrate the launch of this far-out series with a custom badge. You can also find the funk near you by visiting: find.funkybuddhabrewery.com/
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
**Check-in 1 Funky Buddha Brewery Void Shaker between April 4, 2021 and May 4, 2021 to earn the "Shake the Void" Badge**
First and foremost, congrats to the last four teams standing in the NCAA Tournament! Kudos to Baylor, Gonzaga, Houston and UCLA for making it this far, and best of luck to each moving forward! The Untappd Brewery Madness is now down to just four teams as well. Four awesome breweries will look to continue their winning streak, with the ultimate goal of bringing home the title of Brewery Madness!
Fun Facts from the Round of 8:
There are two single-digit seeded teams left, and two double-digit seeded teams left!
Other Half Brewing Co. notched the most check-ins for the third straight round!
Tree House Brewing Company has beaten the No. 3 and No. 6 seed in the past two rounds
No. 23 Other Half Brewing Continues Hot Streak
Three straight rounds with the most check-ins, are you kidding me!? The next matchup for Other Half Brewing Co. is a juicy one, much like some of the IPAs made by its semifinal foe.
Fun Facts of the Semifinalists:
Stone Brewing's narrowest margin of victory was 777 check-ins
New Belgium has the lowest average check-ins per round of these four breweries
Other Half Brewing Co. has the highest average check-ins per round of these four breweries
Treehouse Brewing Company has the second-highest average check-ins per round of these four breweries. Also, to get here they have beaten three teams ranked inside the top 20.
Another great weekend of basketball and even better beer! While the student-athletes battled it out on the court, many great breweries were competing in the Untappd Brewery Madness! Heading into the weekend, 16 breweries were still in the competition. But, as of Sunday night, only eight are still brewing here in the madness. Without further ado, let's jump in and recap this weekend's action!
Fun Facts from the Round of 16:
Other Half Brewing Co. logged the most check-ins this round with over 7,500!
Three of the eight matchups were decided by less than 1,000 check-ins!
The smallest margin of victory this round was 256 check-ins!
No. 23 Other Half Brewing Continues Deep Run
The 23rd seed in Brewery Madness has logged big wins over Modern Times Beer, BrewDog and now Dogfish Head. The Brooklyn-based brewery will look to continue its championship run!
No. 14 Tree House Brewing Company Logs Second-Most Check-Ins This Round
Sierra Nevada logged the fourth-most check-ins, but unfortunately, their opponents logged the second-most. This was a tough break for Sierra Nevada, as their title run fell short in the Round of 16.
Fun Facts of the Final Eight Teams/Breweries
Of the eight teams left in the basketball tournament, here are the seed numbers: 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 and 12
Of the eight teams left in the Brewery Madness, here are the seed numbers: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 13, 14 and 23
The average seed number of the remaining teams in the basketball tournament is 4.63
The average seed number of the remaining teams in the Brewery Madness is 9
Decadent stouts and crisp lagers pair nicely with an upset, and weren't there plenty of them!? Headlined by Oral Roberts over Ohio State and the Ramblers over Illinois in the second round. There were plenty of others that busted many brackets, and the Untappd Brewery Madness was no different! Before we dive in fully, let's take a quick look back at some key facts and figures from the opening round:
Based on seeding, there were three upsets in the opening round, with the biggest being the 53rd-seeded Omnipollo
12 of the 32 winning breweries tallied at least 4,000 check-ins between 3/18-3/20
3 matchups were within 100 check-ins, with the smallest margin of victory being 14 check-ins (No. 35 Blue Moon Brewing Company in an upset victory against Evil Twin Brewing)
Notable Round 1 Performances
No. 13 Guinness Recording over 21,000 check-ins Tough draw for Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., as Saint Patrick's Day was right before check-ins started. Can Guinness earn a win in the second round, as they are nearly a week removed from St. Patty's?
No. 32 Avery Brewing Co vs. No 33 Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
In typical fashion, the matchup between two closely seeded teams went down to the wire. Avery Brewing Co. edged out the No. 33 seed by just 90 check-ins
BrewDog Notches Second-Most Check-Ins in Opening Round
If it weren't for Guinness' insane number of check-ins, BrewDog would likely be atop the Round 1 performances. However, 10,000+ check-ins is a strong performance from the international brand.
Round 2 Facts and Figures
Based on seeding, there were two upsets in the second round (No. 23 Other Half Brewing Co. & No. 17 Southern Tier Brewing Company)
The Round 2 matchup with the most combined check-ins was No. 23 Other Half Brewing Co. vs. No. 10 BrewDog with a total of 8,820 check-ins
Notable Round 2 Performances
No. 23 Other Half Leads Way in Check-ins
No brewery logged more check-ins in the second round window than Other Half Brewing Co.! They will look to ride the momentum in a showdown with the seventh-seeded Dogfish Head!
No. 17 Southern Tier Squeaks By Deschutes
Nine check-ins. NINE! This was the closest second round matchup, and in fact, it was the smallest margin of victory thus far in the Brewery Madness!
Introducing the newest NA to the market, Rightside Brewing's Citrus Wheat and American IPA have been 4 years in the making but are worth the wait.
The secret of our crisp tasting brew is in the technology. A majority of non-alcoholic beers use heat to remove the alcohol, which as a result distorts the taste of the product. Rightside has invested in your drinking experience – bringing you technology that only delivers authentic taste. Advanced filtration cycles water and alcohol through, leaving nothing but a true beer flavor and lasting impressions.
According to writer Lia Picard, "while sipping the crisp citrus wheat, best enjoyed with an orange slice garnish, it's easy to forget that there's no alcohol." We challenge you to find the perfect citrus pairing with this one.
As one customer put it, the IPA is "a fastball right down the middle. Nothing crazy, no fancy organic umbrella hipster mustache fruit hops or anything like that. Just a solid, mildly hoppy beer with an amazing mouthfeel, clean finish, and beautiful color."
Clocking in at less than .5% ABV, Rightside beers give you that premium craft experience when you don't want the alcohol.
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
To earn the "Rightside's Brightside" Badge, check-in to one (1) IPA OR Citrus Wheat Non-Alcoholic beer from Rightside Brewing between March 23, 2021 - April 23, 2021
That's right, folks. In case you missed it, Untappd is nearing its One Billionth Check-In!
After some quick back-of-the-napkin math from our team of genius super scientists, we expect to see our billionth check-in on the app in the next coupleof days. Like, maybe even tomorrow.
To celebrate the occasion, we launched a Billionth Check-In Photo Contest, where you can win a year of free beer from our friends at Beer Drop. But we'll also be debuting a special, one-time-only Billionth Check-In Badge.
How to Get the Billionth Check-In Badge
The moment we hit one billion check-ins on the Untappd app, the Billionth Check-In Badge will be available worldwide for 72 hours. And then it'll be gone forever. That means you'll only have 3 days to earn this limited-edition badge.
If you want to start up to date on the badge release, be sure to follow Untappd on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and consider turning on post notifications for real-time updates.
Once the Billionth Check-In Badge is live, you'll be able to earn it with any beer check-in. Just make sure to check-in before the 72 hours are up!
How Do I Win a Year of Free Beer?
In addition to the commemorative Billionth Check-In Badge, we're hosting a photo contest on Instagram with a grand prize of a year of beer from our friends at Beer Drop!
You can find full contest info and rules here. Entries for Week 1 end today, but you'll still be able to enter for the Untappd and Beer Drop prizes.
When you're finished changing, you're finished. -Benjamin Franklin
A few months ago, we celebrated Untappd's tenth anniversary – a true milestone – and in the coming month we will reach another almost unbelievable number: Untappd's one billionth check-in. It's both humbling and invigorating to reflect on that fact, and of course, we have our loyal users around the globe to thank for making Untappd the #1 social app for beer drinkers.
Untappd, and the unique opportunity to earn badges on the app, has not only become part of a regular routine for millions of users, but has become part of our popular culture. After ten years, we are excited to share a reimagined badge platform that brings expanded opportunities to engage with Untappd badges.
In late Spring, we will be releasing our next set of new core badges, as suggested and upvoted by our user community. To keep core badges fresh, and represent our diverse set of users, going forward we will routinely survey our user community for new core badge ideas via notifications on the app. Users will then be invited to upvote the themed badge they want to see released, and the winning badge will be released shortly thereafter. We hope this will encourage more of our users to participate in selecting our new badges!
Because the Untappd community is made up of an increasingly diverse group of users around the globe, we will be limiting future Untappd holiday badges to those that are international in scope or beer-centric. There will still be a wide variety of new and exciting badge-earning opportunities.
While we will also retire some older badges, such as Middle of the Road, we will be updating the artwork on some favorites, and introducing new, limited-release badges later in the year - stay tuned to the Untappd App and follow us on social media to stay in the know!
As we look forward to the community getting back together in-person more this year, we raise a beer to you, our users, as we head toward the year ahead. From all of us here at Untappd, here's to you!
Raise #AToastTo our heroes on the frontlines, our pubs we miss visiting, and our communities who raise us up this St. Patrick's Day! Even though we can't quite march again this year, there are plenty of silver linings to find among the clouds, and we've got a bright year ahead. Whether it's socially distant at a pub or at home with loved ones, raise a pint of Guinness, and do so responsibly. To join Guinness in raising money for Team Rubicon and food banks around the country, visit ToastTo.US.
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
Check-in one (1) Guinness Draught beer between March 16, 2021 - March 21, 2021 to earn this years "#AToastTo" badge.
Since we missed out on the pinnacle of the college basketball season last year, it's been a while since we've gotten to enjoy the NCAA tournament! But, we're back with2021's Brewery Madness! As a quick refresher, here's how things operate:
We're pitting our 64 most checked-in breweries of 2021 against each other in a head-to-head battle of the beers. It's bracketology, Untappd style. From now until April 5th, use the Untappd app to check-in as many beers from your favorite participating brewery as possible. During any given round, the brewery in each matchup with the most check-ins will move forward. You can track the progress of the tournament here.
At the end of the tournament, the winning brewery will receive a special sponsored badge package, courtesy of Untappd.
At the end of each round, we'll publish a bracket update to check in on notable performances, big-time upsets and see if any brewery makes a deep tournament run despite not being one of the higher-seeded teams!
No. 24 Tröegs Independent Brewing vs. No. 41 The Bruery
These breweries have combined for nearly six million check-ins on Untappd! Troegs offers a nice spread of beverages in central Pennsylvania, while The Bruery packs a punch with experimental and barrel-aged beers.
No. 14 Tree House Brewing Company vs. No. 51 Terrapin Beer Co.
Who reigns supreme in this high-profile matchup? Tree House Brewing Company, led by a King Named Julius, will take its 4.35 rating on Untappd into an interesting first-round showdown against Terrapin Beer Co. and the over 56,000 Untappd users that have liked their brewery page.
Remember: check-ins for each round only count when the round is active and of course, drink socially and responsibly!
Have you ever wondered how many check-ins we've had on the Untappd app? Well, folks, according to the math of our super scientists, we're only a week or two away from our BILLIONTH check-in. That's right -- nearly one billion check-ins served!
To celebrate the occasion, we've partnered with our friends at Beer Drop to bring you the Billionth Check-In Photo Contest, which has a grand prize of free beer for a year!
If you're interested in participating, simply snap your best beer pic, post to Instagram, and use one of the contest hashtags below to enter.
The contest runs for one more week and you can enter as many times as you'd like. Click here for the full information, and of course follow @untappd. May the best photographer win!
When you post your contest submissions to Instagram, you'll need to tag them with a special hashtag. That way, we'll be able to see your entries. Each hashtag corresponds to a certain prize. Check here for complete info on the prizes.
Nearly a billion check-ins and counting! That's a whole lot of beers. If you could pick any one of the billion, which would it be? Show us your favorite beer and let us know what you love about it. Tag with #onebillionbeers
Beer Drop specializes in sending rare, fresh beer from around the country straight to your door. Give them a follow on Instagram at @getbeerdrop and show us a creative shot of your favorite local beer. Tag with #bestbeermycity
Announcing the Winners
Want to see who wins? Make sure you follow @untappd on Instagram. We'll also be announcing the winners on YouTube, so subscribe to our YouTube channel and get an alert when we're making the Big Announcement.
Winners will be announced over the next several weeks!