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In February, everywhere you look, you're assaulted with bouquets, red hearts, and cliched phrases like "be mine" written in indecipherable cursive. If you're already in a relationship, it's pretty much guaranteed that you have plans for the big day. But if you're single, Valentine's Day can be, for lack of a better word, weird.

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It can be intimidating to get on a dating app in February. We get it. Matching with someone during a month that's dedicated to the big L-word can feel a little intense. But that doesn't mean you should stop looking for love, especially online. In previous years, well-known dating apps have reported an uptick of new users on Valentine's Day. So, whether you're looking for love or just looking to grab beer, there is probably someone out there waiting for you to swipe right as we speak.

But since you're looking, we might know someone who is available…

To earn this badge: Check-in one (1) Space Dust IPA by Elysian Brewing between February 1st and March 1st, 2023.

The 10 Best Imperial/Double Oatmeal Stouts of 2022

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Landing in a tie for the seventh spot on Untappd's Top 10 Highest-Average Rated Beer Styles of 2022, imperial/double oatmeal stouts clocked a very respectable 4.1 average rating on Untappd. 

Sure, we all love pastry stouts, imperial/double stouts, and imperial/double pastry stouts

And perhaps oatmeal stouts aren't super sexy like those aforementioned stouts, but this lesser-known style  in particular should't be ignored. 

Why? 

Well for one, its high 4.1 average rating on Untappd should tell you something. 

But for two, because oatmeal stouts take everything you love about a stout—rich, dark, chocolatey—and add an incredibly luxurious, velvety mouthfeel.

Courtesy of some magical alchemy, aka oats, oatmeal stouts capture an intriguing interplay of taste and texture in a way few other styles nail. These are often special, one-off beers that are here one day, gone the next. For example, Side Project's Derivation (Blend #10) ranks as the highest all time on Untappd's top-rated beers in the "Stout - Imperial / Double Oatmeal" category but is no longer in production. 

Luckily, we rounded up the styles that are still in production and ranked the highest last year. 

Untappd's 10 Highest-Rated Imperial/Double Oatmeal Stouts of 2022

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The 13 Best Imperial/Double Coffee Porters of 2022

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As the year slowly rolls on, we continue to take a look at the top-rated versions of Untappd's Top 10 Highest-Average Rated Beer Styles of 2022

This week we're featuring the style category: "Porter - Imperial/Double Coffee."

Tied for seventh with an average rating of 4.1 on Untappd in 2022, imperial coffee porters give you a double dose of not only booze, but also coffee. Imperial coffee porters have everything you love about an amped-up porter plus an added shot of often locally roasted coffee. 

We can see why this style hit an average rating above four amongst our fans this year. 

What do you think? Are porters, especially higher-ABV coffee ones, a style you enjoy? 

If so, take a gander at one of these highest-rated versions from last year. 

Untappd's 13 Highest-Rated Imperial/Double Coffee Porters of 2022

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Takeoff With New Badges in 2023

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Get ready for a trip around the world, all through a few sips of beer. Our new round of badges takes you on a sweeping tour of beer from five different countries. Because in case you haven't heard, America isn't the only place to make incredible beer. 

With that in mind, it's time to cheers beers from all over the globe. 

For instance, in Bulgaria where Наздраве means cheers in Bulgarian…

India where अच्छी सेहत के लिए translates "to good health" in Hindi…

Or Korea, where you traditionally says cheers with 건배.

In Northern Ireland, sláinte is the preferred way to clink glasses.

While na zdravje, is the standard cheers in Slovenian.

Got your passport ready? Just kidding, you won't need that to earn these badges, just a sense of adventure and a willingness to try beer from different countries. 

Here are the next five new badges that are now ready to be unlocked: 

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The 11 Best Traditional Lambics of 2022

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Photography courtesy of John A. Paradiso | Hop Culture

Could Belgian beers finally be making a dent in the American craft consumers' playbook? 

In 2022, the "Lambic - Traditional" style landed in the number ten spot on our list of "The Top 10 Highest-Average Rated Beer Styles of 2022," with a 4.09 rating in the community. 

A style with hundreds of years of heritage, lambics also carry a bit of mystery and intrigue because they're beers 

What Is a Lambic Beer?

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The 15 Best Triple New England-style/Hazy IPAs of 2022

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Welcome to a new year! To kick off this weekly series in 2023, we'll be presenting the top beers for each of Untappd's Top 10 Highest-Average Rated Beer Styles of 2022

Starting with…drumroll please…IPA - Triple New England/Hazy. By far the highest-rated style of the year, hazy TIPAs gained an average 4.19 rating on Untappd in 2022. Probably thanks to their high haze, high hops, high juice, and high ABV. 

These beers are quite simply the best of the best. And since we're bursting with exuberance for a new year, still believing we can achieve all our new year's resolutions, and just overall excited for 2023, let's bang out of the gate. 

Untappd's 15 Highest-Rated Triple New England-style/Hazy IPAs of 2022

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Photography courtesy of Davide V | Untappd

1. Triple Jasper with Nelson - Fidens Brewing Co.

Triple Jasper with Nelson label

Triple Jasper with Nelson

Fidens Brewing Co

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,694

Unique (?) 1,388

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.67)

1,287 Ratings

2. Triple Jasper - Fiden's Brewing Co.

Triple Jasper label

Triple Jasper

Fidens Brewing Co

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 2,338

Unique (?) 1,838

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.64)

1,688 Ratings

3. Adieu Adieu - Monkish Brewing Co.

Adieu Adieu label

Adieu Adieu

Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,028

Unique (?) 944

10.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.61)

884 Ratings

4. Adiós Ghost - Other Half Brewing Co. 

Adiós Ghost label

Adiós Ghost

Other Half Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,847

Unique (?) 1,649

10.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.55)

1,525 Ratings

5. FXGGY - Monkish Brewing Co. 

FXGGY label

FXGGY

Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,491

Unique (?) 1,322

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.55)

1,226 Ratings

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6. Drawing the Line - Root + Branch Brewing

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Drawing the Line

Root + Branch Brewing

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,027

Unique (?) 921

9.5% ABV

No IBU

(4.55)

848 Ratings

7. NM4NM4NM - Fidens Brewing Co. 

NM4NM4NM label

NM4NM4NM

Fidens Brewing Co

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,312

Unique (?) 1,145

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.55)

1,059 Ratings

8. The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism - Chapter II: Freedom Is Slavery - Root + Branch Brewing

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism - Chapter II: Freedom Is Slavery label

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism - Chapter II: Freedom Is Slavery

Root + Branch Brewing

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,364

Unique (?) 1,238

9.4% ABV

40 IBU

(4.53)

1,152 Ratings

9. No Sleep Means Insomnia - Monkish Brewing Co.

No Sleep Means Insomnia label

No Sleep Means Insomnia

Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 2,374

Unique (?) 1,963

10.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.57)

1,826 Ratings

10. Holy Ghost - Parish Brewing Co.

Holy Ghost label

Holy Ghost

Parish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 7,700

Unique (?) 5,866

11% ABV

No IBU

(4.47)

5,374 Ratings

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11. Enter the Fog Dog - Monkish Brewing Co. 

Enter the Fog Dog label

Enter the Fog Dog

Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 6,440

Unique (?) 4,956

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.51)

4,576 Ratings

12. 4th Anniversary Resurrected (8th Anniversary Edition) - Other Half Brewing Co. 

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4th Anniversary Resurrected (8th Anniversary Edition)

Other Half Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 1,769

Unique (?) 1,556

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.47)

1,458 Ratings

13. Chubbles3: Enhanced - Cloudwater Brew Co. 

Chubbles³: Enhanced label

Chubbles³: Enhanced

Cloudwater Brew Co.

Collaboration with The Veil Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 4,694

Unique (?) 3,847

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.47)

3,652 Ratings

14. More Citra Than All Citra - Other Half Brewing Co.

More Citra Than All Citra label

More Citra Than All Citra

Other Half Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 17,142

Unique (?) 13,565

10.5% ABV

No IBU

(4.48)

12,698 Ratings

15. LAX2JFK in the Clouds - Other Half Brewing Co. 

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LAX2JFK in the Clouds

Other Half Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.

IPA - Triple New England / Hazy

Total (?) 4,367

Unique (?) 3,750

10% ABV

No IBU

(4.53)

3,376 Ratings

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vandeStreek bier Delicious Dry

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It's the time of the year again. After we've celebrated the holidays and cheered to the new year, we find renewed strength to start the year fresh and pick up the challenge to complete Dry January. However, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy good beer!

Our non-alcoholic adventure started in 2018 when we first brewed the Playground non-alcoholic IPA as an alternative full of hops and flavor. That same year the beer was awarded a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge as well as the award for the best beer in show - which was a first for a non-alcoholic beer.

Since then we've been brewing more award-winning low alcohol beers such as the Fun House New England IPA, the Grapefruit IPA and the Hard Pour Coffee Nitro Stout. This month we also brought back a crowd favorite as a limited edition beer: the Fruit Machine. An alcohol-free fruit beer brewed with loads of raspberries and forest fruits.

Make your January deliciously dry with the non-alcoholic beers of vandeStreek bier!

To earn this badge: Check in any one (1) of the vandeStreek bier non-alcoholic beers between January 3 and 31, 2023 to earn this badge: Playground, Fun House, Grapefruit IPA, Fruit Machine, Hard Pour, Man Man Man de Roadtrip.

American Craft Beer Around the World

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The American (now global) craft beer revolution was born from American craft beer pioneers not seeking to replicate that of other brewing cultures, but rather to create their own styles that would redefine American beer beyond the traditional mass-produced lager. The variety of high-quality full-flavored beers being produced by the more than 8,000 small & independent American craft brewers today is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. From American IPA and Barrel-aged beer to sours or just well-made classic styles, we invite you to unlock the unrivaled innovation in quality, flavor, and style diversity by seeking out these participating breweries in your local communities.

To earn this badge: Check in two (2) unique beers from the participating independent American craft breweries between January 3 through February 5, 2023. Every 2 unique beers you check in after that gains you a level, until a maximum of Level 5.

So what are you waiting for?

Head over to your local taproom or bottle shop and enjoy a pint, or grab a sixer or bottle to-go. Here's to American craft beer!

Brewery List:

  • 903 Brewers
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.
  • AleSmith Brewing Co
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Athletic Brewing Company
  • Baxter Brewing
  • Beards Brewery
  • Belching Beaver Brewery
  • BierKraft
  • Boston Beer Co
  • Breakside Brewery & Taproom
  • Brick West Brewing Company
  • Bruery, The
  • Bruz Beers
  • Cedar Springs Brewing Company
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Cloudburst Brewing
  • Coronado Brewing Co
  • Country Boy Brewing
  • Cruz Blanca Brewery
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Deep Ellum Brewing Co
  • Denver Beer Co
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • DESTIHL Brewery
  • Drake's Brewing Co
  • East Brother Beer Company
  • Echoes Brewing
  • Eppig Brewing
  • Exhibit A Brewing
  • Faubourg Brewing Co.
  • FiftyFifty Brewing Co
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Heavy Riff Brewing
  • Heavy Seas Beer
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Hinterland Brewery
  • Hodad's Brewing Company
  • Hoppin' Frog Brewing
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Indeed Brewing Company
  • Jack's Abby Brewing, LLC
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
  • Knee Deep Brewing Co.
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Laughing Dog Brewing
  • Maui Brewing Co
  • Melvin Brewing
  • Migration Brewing Co
  • Modern Times Brewing
  • Mother Earth Brew Co LLC
  • Nebraska Brewing Company
  • New Holland Brewing Company
  • No-Li Brewhouse
  • Odd Breed Wild Ales
  • Olde Hickory Brewery (Corp)
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Paradox Brewery
  • Pelican Brewing Company
  • PFriem Family Brewers
  • Port City Brewing Co.
  • Quarter Celtic Brewpub
  • Reuben's Brews
  • Revision Brewing Company
  • River North Brewery
  • Roadhouse Brewing Co.
  • Rogue Ales Brewery
  • Saranac Brewery / Matt Brewing Co
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  • SKA Brewing
  • Societe Brewing Company
  • StillFire Brewing
  • Stormcloud Brewing Company
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Co Brewpub
  • Taxman Brewing Co
  • Templin Family Brewing
  • The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
  • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
  • The Virginia Beer Company
  • Three Weavers Brewing Company
  • Two Roots Brewing Co
  • Uinta Brewing Co.
  • Upslope Brewing Company
  • Urban Artifact
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company
  • Wild Barrel Brewing
  • Wormtown Brewery
  • Wren House Brewing Company

Why Do We Drink That? The History of Champagne and Raising a Toast

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Here's a fact for you to share at your 2023 New Year's party: There are around 250 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne.

All those bubbles are said to represent all the happy memories of the previous year and those that lie ahead of us in the coming year. Making it the beverage of New Year's Eve.

Before champagne became the drink of choice to ring in the new year, it was the go-to dinner beverage of the sixteenth century. 

During that time champagne was considered such an elite drink that it could only be purchased by the wealthy due to its high cost. Which might explain why it was Louis XIV's favorite beverage.

With an estimated fifty million bottles of champagne being opened throughout the world on New Year's Eve, everyone now has the opportunity to drink like a king or queen.

On New Year's Eve, though, why do we drink champagne? Additionally, why do we raise a toast, clink glasses, and say "cheers"?

It's all rooted in health, happiness, and avoiding evil spirits.

What Is Champagne?

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Why Do We Drink That? The History of Eggnog

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Its name isn't the sweetest sounding, but eggnog has been the drink of choice at holiday parties for centuries. Not only does the custard-like cocktail have ties to George Washington, it even caused an actual riot at West Point in 1826! 

Before we tell those stories, let's begin by examining the name. 

There are numerous explanations for how eggnog came to be—most of which are more speculative than concrete fact. However, what is known is that early eggnog recipes also used ale, which was frequently served in a "noggin," a sixteenth century term for a tiny cup. 

The "egg" element is self-explanatory because eggs are a crucial ingredient in the cocktail.

Today, eggnog is known as a sweet, creamy cocktail we drink as a celebration of the holiday season (or as a Clark Griswold-style coping mechanism when Cousin Eddie shows up unexpectedly days before Christmas).

But why do we drink that? 

This drinkable dessert is rich in taste and an intoxicating influence for getting the party started.

What Is Eggnog?

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The Top 10 Breweries With the Most Beers Created in 2022

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Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery

We're rounding out our Year in Beer coverage with a completely new list this year! That's right, for the first time ever, we're calculating and presenting to you the breweries with the most beers created on Untappd in 2022*. 

First, as always, don't forget to check out all our best-of lists this year.

All the Best Year in Beer Lists of the Year

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