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We're living in the golden age of beer. It's almost overwhelming deciding which beer to drink next. How can we even make that decision with so many amazing choices? For Drinking Socially podcast host Harrison Hickok he looks at what co-host Jon Dispenza has been drinking on Untappd. Or, he searches his local Verified Venues to see what's new in town. 

When Hickok moved to Untappd's HQ in Wilmington, NC five years ago there were only two breweries in the area. Now, more than twenty breweries have set up shop in town. And Wilmington isn't alone. In many ways this is the story of plenty of cities throughout the U.S. There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to drinking local beer in almost every town. 

And now more than ever our local breweries need us! To help celebrate local beer the Brewers Association started the Local Beer Is Better initiative that promotes and supports your independent, neighborhood breweries. Why? Because a local beer keeps local people employed. A local beer gives back to the community. Heck, a local beer creates community right in the taproom where it's poured. A local beer doesn't just taste better, it does good. 

On this special episode of Drinking Socially Hickok and Dispenza chat with Ann Obenchain, the Marketing and Communication Director from the Brewers Association, to learn more about how the Local Beer Is Better idea came to be, and how, in many ways, we're returning to our historical roots, where breweries are once again the center of our communities. 

Plus, they'll unlock the "Local Beer Is Better" badge by drinking two beers from one of their favorite local breweries -- Flying Machine Brewing Co. 

To earn this badge, simply check-in one (1) beer from a U.S. brewery listed as Micro Brewery, Nano Brewery, Regional Brewery, or Brewpub between September 13, 2021 - December 31, 2021. 

So what are you waiting for? Head over to your local brewpub or taproom and enjoy a pint or grab a sixer or growler to-go. Here's to local craft beer!

And then Tune into Drinking Socially on YouTube or listen wherever you grab your favorite podcasts to hear why it's better to drink local beer. 

For more information check out #LocalBeerIsBetter

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