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The Next Chapter

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Today Chief Community Officer Greg Avola has announced he will step away from the day-to-day managing of community activities at Untappd to pursue other interests. Greg will continue to serve Untappd in the role of Executive Advisor role at Next Glass (Untappd's parent company), advising Trace Smith, CEO, on Untappd community matters.

"The birth of my second son in December opened my eyes," said Greg, "I decided I really wanted more time to be with my growing family."

It was ten years ago that Greg and co-founder Tim Mather created Untappd as a way for beer lovers to share information about the beers – new and old -  they were enjoying on the beer scene. "I remember that summer ten years' ago very vividly," said Greg, "We decided to build an app that connects people from different worlds around beer."

What started as a hobby grew into the largest social network for beer drinkers in the world, with over 9 million registered users and nearly 1 billion beer check-ins, as well as a menu publishing app serving breweries, bars and restaurants. "When we first built the app, we didn't know if any of our friends or family would even use it," said Greg. "In the early days, we would crash on Fridays and Saturdays. Every New Year's Eve for the first five years we would crash and I would have to go home and fix servers. I owe my wife five New Years' Eves."

As Untappd grew from those humble early days in the basement, Greg continued to grow the Untappd product by being active in the beer community, engaging with users and brewers around the world.  A month after Untappd's official launch, an article published in Mashable helped put Untappd on the map. The app typically saw about 100 new users a day but racked up 5,000 on that day alone. About a year later, Untappd launched its first sponsored badge for Sam Adams, and the Untappd experience grew.  

But there was so much more Greg wanted to do, more than could be done by a two-person team alone. In 2015, Untappd joined the Next Glass family. The investment allowed the Untappd team to focus full-time on building the Untappd app to what we enjoy today. Beer check-ins, social interactions, beer ratings, badges, festivals and events have come to round out the modern Untappd experience.

"Greg Avola has served as a professional inspiration to me and to our entire team since 2015.  His unparalleled work ethic and passion for the Untappd community are infectious.  We all owe Greg a deep debt of gratitude for co-founding and building, line of code by line of code, the app users all over the world have come to love," said Trace. "Without Greg's dogged determination since founding Untappd in 2010, Untappd would not be what it is today.  While we will all deeply miss interacting with him on a day-to-day basis, I am grateful he will continue to serve as an Executive Advisor to me and our team.  His continued guidance on the product and community will be invaluable to us." 

Untappd was built on a simple principle, "being able to connect people, with beer", and has grown to become part of popular culture; featured in magazines around the world, including Time Inc.'s 2016 list of the "50 Best Apps of the Year", and making it as an "answer" on the beloved TV game-show Jeopardy.

"As to what's next, I plan on taking a step back, reflecting and spending time with my family, before deciding what to do next," said Greg. "Untappd will always be part of me, and I have all of you to thank for that."

From all of us here at Untappd, cheers to you, Greg, we raise a beer to your continued success! 

NFL Divisional Round Review Meets Untappd Data

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While the games weren't ultimately as high-scoring as many anticipated, it was still a good weekend of football, especially if you pledge your fandom to the Packers, Buccaneers, Bills or Chiefs! This week, we take a quick look back at the action over the weekend, see who advanced in the Untappd playoffs, and of course, your check-ins! There's one team that is in the conference championship in both reality and the Untappd gridiron. Do you know which team it is? Read on to find out...

Reality vs. Untappd

Only three cities had fewer check-ins than its average from the regular season, so overall, for playoff teams, check-ins were up! There was a lot of good football over the weekend to enjoy and from the check-ins I was tagged in, a lot of delicious beverages were consumed! Let's dive in and see how these teams fared on the field, as well as on the Untappd gridiron.

Rams vs. Packers

The matchup featured the high-powered Green Bay offense and the lockdown Los Angeles defense. Aaron Rodgers continues his MVP campaign and leads the Packers to the NFC Championship game. The Packers won 32-18 and spoiler alert… They are the only team who made it to the Conference Championship game in reality and the Untappd matchup!

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Drinking Socially (2021)

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Drinking Socially (2021) Badge

Welcome back, ol' pal. You're listening to Season 4 of Drinking Socially. So what's new around here? This season we're covering more core badges, more games and shenanigans, interviewing more guests, highlighting more verified venues and more. Today we're starting with the most basic, easy, boring badge on Untappd — the one we all have — the Newbie! Grab a pint and listen to Harrison and I try to remember the past! Join our Facebook Group, connect with Jon & Harrison on Twitter, and catch us on Spotify, Apple, Stitcher, YouTube, and anywhere you listen to podcasts. 



HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE: From January 20, 2021 - January 19, 2022, check-in one beer that Jon and Harrison review on Drinking Socially in Season 4. Level up with every additional unique check-in that they review.

Disclaimer: The Drinking Socially (2021) badge is retroactive for the year, so some levels award retroactively. These retroactive levels do not display on the check-in. If you had a check-in of a beer this year that is now active on the badge, a level will be awarded retroactively to the check-in.

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10 of the Best-Tasting Non-Alcoholic Craft Beers on the Market

Whether you're taking a night off of drinking, you're abstaining for the month with a Dry January or Sober October challenge, you're #Sobercurious, you're looking to drink less during the drink, you're done drinking for any other reason, we've got two things to say to you:

(1) We support you and you don't have to explain your choices to anyone, and

(2) You can still have delicious, fresh craft beer that is completely alcohol-free without sacrificing taste or quality.

We rounded up this list of non-alcoholic craft beers that still taste amazing for the next time you drink something local, lo-cal, and tasty without the booze.

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Upside Dawn by Athletic Brewing Company

Upside Dawn Golden Ale

Athletic Brewing Company

Non-Alcoholic Beer

Total (?) 4,527

Unique (?) 3,778

0.4% ABV

15 IBU

(3.3)

3,243 Ratings

At Athletic Brewing Co., they believe you shouldn't have to sacrifice your ability to be healthy, active, and at your best in order to enjoy great beer — which is why they created their own innovative lineup of refreshing, non-alcoholic craft beers. 

This is NOT the standard, stale-tasting non-alcoholic beer that your weird uncles used to drink, y'all. It seriously tastes like a craft beer. At just 50 calories per can, it's brewed with premium organic malts from both the U.S. and Germany, along with a combination of English and American hops, for a golden ale that's refreshing, clean, balanced, and light-bodied.

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Super Wild Card Weekend Review Meets Untappd Data

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Just eight teams remain as we enter the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. If you were like me, you were parked in front of the television all weekend with a good brew in hand! This week's article is a bit different from the regular season recaps, as we will see if the winners from Super Wild Card Weekend also won on the Untappd gridiron. Of course, we'll still touch on the top stadium for the week as well as your check-ins!

Reality vs. Untappd

Only three cities had fewer check-ins than its average from the regular season, so overall, for playoff teams, check-ins were up! There was a lot of good football over the weekend to enjoy and from the check-ins I was tagged in, a lot of delicious beverages were consumed! Let's dive in and see how these teams fared on the field, as well as on the Untappd gridiron.

Colts vs. Bills

The Buffalo Bills won a close game on the back of star quarterback Josh Allen and there were fans in the stands for the first time all year. It's tough luck for Indianapolis on multiple fronts, considering they lost the game in reality, but despite a nearly 20 percent increase in check-ins compared to the city's average, Buffalo bested them there, too. It was a clean sweep for the Bills on Saturday, as Buffalo's 33.4 percent increase in check-ins compared to its season average was the highest mark of the weekend.

Rams vs. Seahawks

Hurt thumb and all, Jared Goff relieved John Wolford after a scary hit to lead the Rams to victory over the Seahawks. The Rams defense is menacing and will look to rattle Aaron Rodgers and Co., much like how they locked down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Unlike the Bills, the Rams couldn't pull it out, as Los Angeles was one of just three cities over the weekend to record fewer than their season average of check-ins on game day. The Rams win in reality, but Seattle, despite the smallest increase of a winning team on the Untappd gridiron, advances in the Untappd playoff bracket.

Buccaneers vs. Football Team

The Football Team kept it close, but Tom Brady and his weapons were too much for the Washington defense. This was the closest of the matchups in the Untappd realm, but ultimately, Tampa Bay pulled off the sweep and will advance in both formats. Tom Brady does it again.

Ravens vs. Titans

This budding rivalry will be fun to watch for years to come. Lamar Jackson got his first playoff win and sent Derrick Henry and the Titans home for the offseason. Baltimore gets to advance to the next round, and with a whopping 28.74 percent increase in check-ins compared to its season average, they won in grand fashion.

Bears vs. Saints

Whether you watched this game on CBS, Nickelodeon or Amazon Prime, it was largely uneventful and somewhat to be expected. Chicago has a sputtering offense and New Orleans moves down the field in four yard increments. At least the graphics on Nickelodeon made it fun! While the Saints handled the Bears on Sunday, New Orleans had the largest decrease in check-ins compared to its season average, allowing Chicago to advance in the Untappd bracket.

Browns vs. Steelers

WOW. This was the most surprising game of the weekend. No, not because Cleveland won, but this would have been the second-to-last game that I would have expected to have 85 combined points and be the highest scoring game all weekend! Cleveland gets it done in reality, but fell short on the Untappd gridiron.

So, with that in mind, you know the matchups in reality, but for the Untappd Playoff bracket, here is what we have for the Divisional Round.

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Top Stadium

On Super Wild Card Weekend, Nissan Stadium led the way with the most check-ins. While the Titans couldn't bring home a win for the home crowd, it was a good season nonetheless for the AFC South champions

Yee-Haw Brewing Company by Kolsch

Kyle W. is drinking a Kolsch by Yee-Haw Brewing Company at Nissan Stadium

Tastes like victory! Titan Up!!!

Can

Cheers to Independent U.S. Craft Breweries (Level 90) Earned the Cheers to Independent U.S. Craft Breweries (Level 90) badge! Riding Steady (Level 39) Earned the Riding Steady (Level 39) badge! Photogenic Brew (Level 98) Earned the Photogenic Brew (Level 98) badge!

Your Check-Ins

Boulevard Brewing Co. by Space Camper Gigahop IPA

WmPaul W. is drinking a Space Camper Gigahop IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co. at Taps On Main

Checking out potential opponents for next weeks Chiefs game. Fairly new release from Boulevard.

Purchased at Taps On Main

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Tagged Friends

Well, you get the Cleveland Browns. Hopefully Kansas City's run defense can hold strong!

I'm right there with you. Tough loss, but good season for your Colts.

Hop Butcher For The World by Double Blazed Orange Milkshake

Daiyouga P. is drinking a Double Blazed Orange Milkshake by Hop Butcher For The World at John & Julie's Poolside Oasis

Sweet like a push pop. Good brew, bad season but we finish it with the best brewery in Chicago. Here’s to next year. Go Bears! 🐻 thanks Juice Justin E.

Can

Cheers to Independent U.S. Craft Breweries (Level 70) Earned the Cheers to Independent U.S. Craft Breweries (Level 70) badge! Middle of the Road (Level 93) Earned the Middle of the Road (Level 93) badge! 2X (Level 36) Earned the 2X (Level 36) badge!
Tagged Friends

Tough loss, and unfortunately, a lot of questions face the Bears this offseason.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company by Doppel Vienna Lager

Scott J. is drinking a Doppel Vienna Lager by Devils Backbone Brewing Company at Untappd at Home

Maltier & stronger then the OG Vienna, but not as flavorful IMO. It seems sweet, but not sure from what. #Bears

Purchased at Food Lion Grocery Store

Bottle

To Go Please (Level 75) Earned the To Go Please (Level 75) badge!
Tagged Friends

Bear down! Until next year!

Hop Butcher For The World by Double Blazed Orange Milkshake

Juice is drinking a Double Blazed Orange Milkshake by Hop Butcher For The World at John & Julie's Poolside Oasis

Rest in peace Trubisky! Good riddance you bust of a 1st round pick. I will be there to help you pack the moving trucks and cheer your exit out of Chicago. Hopefully, Ryan Pace and Chuck Pagano will be driving the truck and leaving Chicago with you!

Can

Shake it Up! (Level 11) Earned the Shake it Up! (Level 11) badge!

Hard to see Trubisky back in a Bears uniform, and if Chicago needs it, Juice will be there to help escort him out!

Great Notion Brewing by Blueberry Muffin

Koll E. is drinking a Blueberry Muffin by Great Notion Brewing at Untappd at Home

💙 this beer, great aroma. Geaux Saints! 🏈⚜🍻

Purchased at The Good Hop Bar & Bottleshop

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Tagged Friends

Big win for the Saints! They beat the animal on the can and the background looks like some of the graphics from the Nickelodeon broadcast!

Modern Brewery by Get Yer Kit IPA

Victoria K. is drinking a Get Yer Kit IPA by Modern Brewery at Amsterdam Tavern

Watching this terrible TB vs Washington game, but life is good because it's playoff football time!

Purchased at Amsterdam Tavern

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Tagged Friends

The game got more entertaining as it went on, but bad playoff football is still better than no football!

Equilibrium Brewery by Elemental Gorilla - Vanuatu Vanilla

Hold My Beer! is drinking an Elemental Gorilla - Vanuatu Vanilla by Equilibrium Brewery at Foxwood Condominium Pool

🏈 do the Browns have a chance at Chiefs

Heavy Weight (Level 92) Earned the Heavy Weight (Level 92) badge!
Tagged Friends

Cleveland's greatest strength on offense (run game) matches up well against Kansas City's biggest weakness (run defense) on that side of the ball. There's always a chance...

Trillium Brewing Company by Niyok

darryl s. is drinking a Niyok by Trillium Brewing Company at Untappd at Home

Let’s go browns 🍻👍🏻😀🥥

Bottle

99 Bottles (Level 94) Earned the 99 Bottles (Level 94) badge!
Tagged Friends

Big win for the Browns. Onto Kansas City...

Y'all had some awesome stouts for football Sunday. Consider me jealous!

Tree House Brewing Company by Abstraction

Kerry is drinking an Abstraction by Tree House Brewing Company at Foxwood Condominium Pool

The game isn’t over yet 🏈🍻

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To The Port (Level 3) Earned the To The Port (Level 3) badge!
Tagged Friends

At that point, the game wasn't over, as Pittsburgh was attempting to claw back. However, the game not being over means time for more beers!

Japas Cervejaria by Shukurimu

Sean N. is drinking a Shukurimu by Japas Cervejaria at Untappd at Home

Can't believe this Browns-Steelers game! However as a Jets fan I know that no lead is safe!

Purchased at TapRm

Can

To Go Please (Level 43) Earned the To Go Please (Level 43) badge!
Tagged Friends

I can attest to that. Remember when Houston was up 24-0 on Kansas City last year… Good times….

Thanks for tagging me in your check-ins this week! Want to have your check-in potentially featured in next week's article? Whether you're at home, in your man/woman cave or at the stadium, tag me in your game day check-in and mention your favorite team! Even if you're just rooting on your favorite team, tag me in your check-in on game day!

Be sure to use the comment feature below to let me know what you enjoyed this weekend or what team you root for on game day! Let's keep the dialogue going!

We'll be back next week to recap the Divisional Round!

ALES for ALS (2021)

This year, perhaps more than any other in our recent collective memory, we are anxious to bid farewell to the year, looking forward to better things in 2021 with tremendous hope. 

As we close out 2020, we reflect on the incredible power of community to support and inspire. Here at Untappd, we have a special way to ring out the year while channeling the positivity of our community.

Last month we announced our support of ALES for ALS, and we are very happy to introduce a new badge to close the special 2020 collaborations ahead of the new 2021 program!

Over the past seven years, breweries from around the world have joined the Ales for ALS™ program, fighting to #EndALS by crafting great beers. Participating Ales for ALS™ brewers receive a unique hop blend, created and donated annually by Loftus Ranches and YCH Hops exclusively for brewers participating in this fundraising program. Ales for ALS™ brewers donate $1 to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) for each pint of the resulting Ales for ALS™ brew sold. The funds raised are immediately invested in the ALS TDI lab, where their science team continues to discover and develop potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). 

We have many great activities planned for our ongoing support of ALES for ALS, so stay tuned for more to come! 

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HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE

This special ALES for ALS badge can be earned by checking in any beer from one of these participating breweries between January 8, 2021 - February 8, 2021. 

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Yard House Brewer Collaboration Series (2021)

At Yard House, beer experts and chefs collaborate with world-renowned breweries to develop their Brewer Collaboration Series beers. These House Beers are uniquely crafted to pair with the Yard House menu and are available on their own or in a special four-pack flight featuring all the Brewer Collaboration Series beers. To celebrate these four special beers, we have a brand new badge for you to earn. 

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NFL Week 17 In Review Meets Untappd Data

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And just like that, the regular season has come to a close. There were a few COVID-19 related hiccups, but ultimately, 256 games were played with no cancellations. Now, we turn our eyes to the playoffs, where the final 14 teams will battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy. Will the winner on the field win on the Untappd gridiron? Time will tell.

To determine this, we will see which city (10 mile radius around the stadium) has the largest increase in check-ins compared to their season average. This levels the playing field and will give us a better idea as to which team actually won the matchup on the Untappd gridiron. Ultimately, whichever team has the larger increase, or smaller decrease, will move on to the next round.

Fun Facts From 2020 Season

Here are some fun facts from the 2020 NFL regular season through an Untappd lens:

  • Over the course of the regular season, nine different stadiums led at least one week in total check-ins.
  • The NFC South was the only division to have each team lead at least one week in check-ins at the stadium.
  • The four teams (Chiefs, Browns, Colts & Saints) that led at least two weeks in check-ins at the stadium all made the playoffs, and combined for a record of 48-16.
  • Based on your check-ins that you tagged me in, the strongest fan representation was from the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.
  • Since the start of the season, nearly 6,000 check-ins included the football emoji!

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Athletic Dry January Challenge

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Provided by Athletic Brewing via Instagram

NON-ALCOHOLIC BEER IS POINTLESS, THEY SAID...

No one will drink it, they said. It can never compare in taste anyways, they said…well, they (and maybe you) were wrong.

Athletic Brewing Company is reimagining beer for the modern, active adult. Their great-tasting athletic craft brews let you enjoy the refreshing taste of craft beer, without the alcohol or the hangover. You can enjoy them anytime, anywhere and still be healthy, active, and at your best; it's the very reason they started brewing them in the first place.

With custom breweries on the East and West coasts, their lineup has earned accolades throughout the industry, even against full-strength beers, including the 2020 World Beer Award Gold medal for Run Wild. To top it all off, as part of the Athletic Brewing "Two for the Trails" initiative, 2% of all sales is donated to causes and organizations that support healthy, outdoor, active living.

So start your New Year off right with a brew from Athletic Brewing - an option without compromises that you're guaranteed to enjoy. Find out more here!

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HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE:

To earn this badge, check-in to any beer from Athletic Brewing Co. between January 1, 2021 - February 1, 2021.

Lagunitas Celebrates Dry January

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Provided by Lagunitas via Twitter

There's a whole series of badges for IPNA, Lagunitas brand-new full-flavored, hop-forward, non-alcoholic IPA that is hitting shelves just in time for Dry January. Inspired by Lagunitas' love of hops and their flagship IPA, IPNA is sure to scratch that hoppy itch if you're taking the month off (or if you're just looking for another IPA to try even if you aren't taking the month off).

It's crafted with the highest quality malts and massive dry-hop of our favorite Yakima Valley hops—Citra, Mosaic & CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk & Zeus for those acronym-averse)—giving it a uniquely-full body and crazy-big hoppy aroma. Our brewers worked hard to remove the alcohol while keeping the satisfying flavor experience. And…? The taste tells!

To keep track of your Dry January progress, we've got four special Lagunitas IPNA Dry January badges to tap into and, in true Lagunitas fashion, a special badge for those that may not be necessarily participating in Dry January with the Even Moderation in Moderation Badge. To learn more check out lagunitas.com/dryjanuary

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HOW TO EARN THESE BADGES:

Check-in one (1) Lagunitas IPNA between January 1 – 7, 2021 to receive the Lagunitas IPNA Dry January (Week 1) badge, January 8 – 14, 2021 to receive the (Week 2) badge, January 15 – 21, 2021 to receive the (Week 3) badge, and January 22 – 31, 2021 to receive the (Week 4) badge.

Check-in one (1) Lagunitas IPNA and one (1) Lagunitas IPA between January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021 to receive the Even Moderation in Moderation Badge.

NFL Week 16 In Review Meets Untappd Data

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I hope you enjoyed the holiday and spent quality time with friends and family. If you're like me, you found time for some tasty brews and enjoyed some football on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday! The playoff picture is becoming more clear and we have just one week left in the regular season before heading to playoffs!

Each week, we'll take a look at the previous week of games, and take a look at the intersection of Untappd check-ins and data and NFL teams, cities and stadiums! Whether your team wins or loses, join in on the fun! Also, check out the new comment feature to continue the dialogue and let us know what team you were rooting for and what you were drinking!

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Untappd 2020 Year in Review: Top Breweries

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Good riddance, 2020. This is the fourth and final post in our series global year in review series. Check out the top beer styles of 2020 heretop cities of 2020 here, and top beers of 2020!

To wrap everything up, we're taking a final look at the top 10 breweries of 2020 based on the total number of check-ins globally. Let's go!

10. Lagunitas Brewing Co 🇺🇸

Kicking us off, we have Lagunitas Brewing out of California with over 437k check-ins in 2020. Lagunitas didn't move in this list from 2019, but has seen lots of growth overseas due to them being part of Heineken for increased growth. In 2020, we saw over 845 different beers checked in from the brewery. That's a lot of different beers consumed!

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NFL Week 15 In Review Meets Untappd Data

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We had the pleasure to enjoy football on four different days this week and enjoy some awesome beers in the process. Amidst all of the delicious brews, we saw the Buffalo Bills clinch the AFC East for the first time in a quarter-century, the Steelers lost its third game in a row and the Seahawks are heading to the playoffs again under Russell Wilson. With playoff spots still up for grabs, as well as some good beers in the fridge, let's take our final look back at Week 15!

Each week, we'll take a look at the previous week of games, and take a look at the intersection of Untappd check-ins and data and NFL teams, cities and stadiums! Whether your team wins or loses, join in on the fun! Also, check out the new comment feature to continue the dialogue and let us know what team you were rooting for and what you were drinking!

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Afternoon Delight

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Source: Pabst Blue Ribbon

Some people might think combining coffee and alcohol is kind of weird. The rest of us have tried Pabst Hard Coffee. It's a rich and creamy java brew with a touch of vanilla and a ton of attitude. Whether you're starting the night off right, or ending it on a high note, this boozy coffee beverage makes a great addition.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee

Pabst Brewing Company

Malt Beer

Total (?) 52,890

Unique (?) 41,997

5% ABV

No IBU

(3.93)

37,970 Ratings

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Untappd 2020 Year in Review: Top Beers

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Good riddance, 2020. This is the third post in our series of Untappd Year in Review for 2020. Check out the top beer styles of 2020 here, and top cities of 2020 here!

Today, we're taking a look at the top 10 beers of 2020 based on the total number of check-ins globally. Let's jump in!

10. Hazy Little Thing from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Hazy Little Thing is aggressively dry-hopped and less filtered, giving this hazy IPA a fruit-forward flavor, modest bitterness, and a smooth finish. It has taken the world by storm and has become one of Sierra Nevada's biggest sellers, earning more check-ins than their flagship Pale Ale. 

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