I’m not hundred per cent sure whether I’ve been cheating a tad with my Untappd beer check-ins. See, over the Christmas break my unique check-ins experienced a bit of a spike.
They went from 286 up to 311 in the space of just nine days. In that time I was in Canberra to spend Christmas with my wife’s family and then headed to Newcastle for a short holiday. While in both places, I spent money on unique beers.
That meant a visit to Plonk and the Wig and Pen in Canberra (got to taste a Beetroot Berliner Weisse at the W&P, which was weird. Glad I’ve had a beetroot beer but not sure if I’ll be ordering another one in a hurry).
In Newcastle, that meant me blowing $100 of Christmas money at Warners at the Bay and then opting for lunch at the undeniably awesome Albion Hotel.
Which brings me to one of the cheating concerns. While at the Albion I bought a paddle of their beers on tap (which included Adobo Ruby -a 4 Pines beer made with chilli, which was rather well-made). Now I’m never totally sure whether it’s strictly fair to count tasting samples as a unique check-in.
On the one hand, I did drink all of every sample and they were a decent-sized sample too. So that’s a tick. On the other hand, they’re only samples rather than a full serving. So that’s a cross. Ultimately, however, I’ll allow them under the ‘‘beer festival’’ rule. You go to a beer festival and try a stack of different beers and I reckon they certainly count. So a tasting paddle should too.Much more of a worry is counting a beer I’ve had before as a unique check-in. See, I don’t believe in the retroactive check-in, so any beer I drank before that date I joined Untappd doesn’t count.
But over the Christmas period I ‘‘re-drank’’ some of those beers – 10 in fact – which obviously aided my unique beer count. It included some unflash numbers – like Boag’s Lager and Kosciuszko Pale – and some I couldn’t believe I hadn’t already checked in – like Vale Ale and 4 Pines Pale Ale and Coopers Green. Coopers Green for Chrissakes! How did I miss that before now?
I’m not totally convinced these 10 beers are legit check-ins. Here’s my logic – in my head I’ve got this idea that a ‘‘unique check-in’’ means a beer I’ve never had before. So adding one to list that I had pre-Untappd just feels a bit on the shady side.
I know it shouldn’t but it does. Which isn’t to say I’m going to scrub them out – with some guys on my Twitter feed passing 1000 beers, I need all the help I can get. It’s just something that gives me pause.