If you’re not familiar with the Untappd mobile app and Web service, you’re sleeping on the best smartphone-based beer buddy available today. Untappd lets you “check in” beers and associate them with the venues where you drink them, to keep track of the various brews you consume. Untappd also lets you rate beers; post images of your brews; connect with friends and toast their checkins; earn beer-related badges and prizes; and much more.
Untappd is kind of like a fancy, digital beer journal. I’ve been using it for years now, and though other similar mobile apps exist, Untappd offers the best overall experience. And it’s completely free, with no ads or other annoyances.
Last week, the two beer nerds behind Untappd, Greg Avola and Tim Mather, announced the Untappd Supporter program, which is a completely optional way for loyal Untappd users like me to support the app and service on a monthly or yearly basis.
Untappd users can pay $5 a month of $50 a year to support the app’s growth, and Supporters also get a handful of exclusive perks, including the ability to:
- Export your check-in history
- View detailed check-in statistics
- Show off your shiny supporter banner
- Unlock a special supporter only badge
- Access more features in the future
Honestly, I would donate $5 a month to Untappd even without the additional features and the badge; like I said, I’ve been using Untappd for years, for free, and I can say without a doubt that the app and service have helped me step up my craft-beer game.
If you’re not currently an Untappd user, I strongly suggest downloading the mobile app from Google Play or the iTunes Store, post haste. (It’s also available as a Web app at m.untappd.com for BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other smartphone users.) If you’re already an Untappd user, you should consider becoming an Untappd Supporter, even if it’s just for a month or two. Avola and Mather deserve all the support they can get, and you’ll only have to part with the price of pint for a month of support. (Don’t be a cheapskate, punk.)