Thursday, 28 August 2014


Untappd Catchup

It's been a while since I've had to write one of these, over a month in fact! Anyway circumstances have dictated that once again it's time to wrap 6 beers that earned Untappd badges up in a few paragraphs.

Knappstein Reserve Lager was first cab off the rank in the Catchup. I've spoken numerous times about how much I enjoy this beer so don't feel I need to go into vast detail again. The bottom of this review probably sums it up best. Hotel Hopper (Level 4) was the badge this beer unlocked, at the Hyatt in Canberra for Grandma's birthday.

I've had a couple of questions about the Photogenic Brew badge recently. Remember I don't work for Untappd! I don't have inside knowledge into the badges. Anyway my best guess is that they made it a level badge which was retroactive... The beer that unlocked Level 10 for me was Dieu du Ciel's Moralite. It was brewed in collaboration with The Alchemist, of Heady Topper fame, and lived up to my high expectations - it was sensational!

Crisp as Day (Level 8) rolled around a few nights ago when dad and I had a few lagers (no neither of us are sure why either...). The beer was Staropramen, a beer that I have a good affinity with. It's a really nice crisp pilsner with plenty of Saaz hops. This is a pilsner that I always recommend to lager lovers, if you fit that bill it's worth a try.

The Great White North (Level 1) badge took much longer to arrive than I had expected. For those who can't work it out from the badge below, this badge is for drinking Canadian beers. The beer that finally tipped me over the edge was Dieu du Ciel's Peche Mortel. I've already mentioned this beer in my latest Bear Club review, I actually did a side by side of the bottle and tap version and can say both are really excellent Imperial Stouts. Be warned; it's big on coffee!

Another beer from Tru Bru earned the Drink Like a Kiwi (Level 9) badge; Tuatara's Aotearoa Pale Ale. I took a growler of this over to a mates place for dinner and it went down very well. It's got quite a strong malt backbone initially but the NZ hops (citrus, tropical, pine) do eventually come to the party. I highly recommend all of Tuatara's beer and this is one of their better ones.

Founders have launched an Untappd badge that runs through August. Simply check into 2 of their range of IPA's to unlock it. Their Centennial IPA was the beer that unlocked the Hop 2 It badge for me; it's a beer I've had many times and never disappoints. There's plenty of grapefruit hops and the bit of resinous pine is wonderful. It's quite easy to find here now and is being sold in useful 12-packs, grab some if you come across it.

Stylistically there was a bit of a mix in this review, which is always nice to see. Hopefully you guys go out there and find some of these excellent beers and give them a go. If you try any of these, or any other beer or that matter, I'm always keen to here about it; Feel free to shoot any questions through to me on that email address as well and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Until next time...

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

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