So if you follow my Twitter feed, you've no doubt noticed this thing called Untappd.com. Surely you were curious about it, but probably just too much of a lazy drunk to click on it and see what it's about. Well, you should give a try. It's a social media for beer drinkers, and it's fun.
Every time you drink a beer, pull out your mobile device, go to their site, and log it. It then keeps track of what you've had, and lets you know what your friends are imbibing, what people in your area are chugging, and where they are consuming it. Along the way, you can earn badges: For example, I just earned the "Journeyman" badge for drinking 50 different beers since I first joined back in December, the "Beer Connoisseur" for having five beers from five different countries, and so on.
And it's interactive with other social media. You can cross-post your beer check-ins to Twitter and Facebook.
And you can see how you stack up against the world. I'm proud to say that, as of this writing, I'm the No.1 consumer of Real Ale Coffee Porter, Saint Arnold Winter Stout, and Summit Winter Ale. Okay, it's probably not scientific, but I can believe it's true with the Coffee Porter and Winter Stout. I've been drinking a lot of those this winter. It will be interesting to see how my top beer rankings change as I move from winter seasonals to spring bocks to summer brews.
I'm currently on a mission to "friend" every beer drinker in Austin, and maybe Texas.
Pull out your phone and check it out. It's fun. And if you enjoy my blog, please friend me. I'd love to know what you're drinking.
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