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What’s your APPtitude? Tap into the world of beer



By Amanda Merriman

Do you like craft beer? There is surely a market for it here in our state. According to the Brewers Association, Colorado ranks second in the nation for its number of breweries. The craft beer scene will continue to grow, with numerous breweries expected to open around the state in 2018, as noted by 303 Magazine. With so many beer options out there, it can be daunting for someone looking to expand their taste buds. That is where the Untappd app comes in.

Untappd is a social networking and educational experience. This free app has been around since 2010 bringing iOS and Android users alike a wealth of information about barley pop. Untappd is intuitive and easy to use. If you want to find the best place to meet a friend for a cold one, explore the app by ZIP code. A quick search for venues and breweries near 80108 will bring up a multitude of options from which to choose. Narrow your results by categories such as brewpubs or nano breweries. You can click on businesses to find out what beers are on tap. Bottle caps, ranking from one to five, aptly rate libations. Dig deeper and read up on each brew, learning about the particular type, strength and taste profile. Users can save time in the liquor store and prevent bitter beer face by looking up a hoppy pop by type or name. This app also tells users where to find their favorite brews. Untappd serves as a useful memory aid as well because it allows users to save the names of beers to a list.

The social networking aspect of Untappd relies on users to “check-in” to their drink of choice. From there, users rank the suds and select tags to describe the flavor profile also noting where they purchased the beer. This information allows the app to show users what drinks and venues are trending. If you are so inclined, you can see what people are drinking around the world on the app’s global feed. Beer-lovers can also educate themselves on upcoming events and share this information on Facebook. Untappd also has a link to Uber so that drinkers can imbibe responsibly.

If you want to learn more about craft beer, find your new favorite barley soda or make the most of your liquid calories, try out Untappd. I look forward to using it on some upcoming trips, as well as at my annual foray to the Great American Beer Fest.

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