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Beer you've left in your past

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tkdchampxi, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Indeed. I used to buy every SA seasonal pack. I kept this up through Fall '13, then skipped Winter and Spring. The Summer one doesn't look good at all, so I'll probably skip that one as well.

    As long as they continue to include Hazel Brown, I'll keep buying the Fall Mix.
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  2. DCH

    DCH Aficionado (215) New York Jun 12, 2013

    Anything by Sam Adams, especially boston lager.
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  3. I would have to say Leinenkugel's. I used to drink many of their offerings years ago.
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  4. I can't really put things like Blue Moon or Boulevard Wheat on here, because while I never buy them at the liquor store any more, it's too likely that I will eat somewhere (especially in KC) where one or the other is the best option on the tap list. Neither is a bad beer, but I've outgrown them, I think

    I'll pile on with those who are saying Leinie's and Magic Hat. Once upon a time, I thought they were proof that I had great taste in beer. Sigh.

    And I want to add to the list: Pyramid Apricot Ale, Pyramid Hefeweizen, and Shiner Bock.
  5. For the reasons that many people stated, I didn't list things like Blue Moon and Guinness, because they are so common, that I probably will have them again in the near future for sure.

    The other beers I mentioned were a bit more obscure, such that I usually see them alongside better options.

    Finally, I didn't list any BMCs because I really don't miss them or look back on them fondly
  6. LMT

    LMT Savant (365) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    Ah, Petes. Reminds me of the early-to-mid 90s. Was a grad school "special treat" beer. And Redhook came along right after that in my life. Just moved to California, just married, not much money, but another "special treat" beer.

    Thanks for bringing those up! I tried a Redhook ESB several years back and it wasn't the same as I remembered. Still, both of these were an important part of my "beer life."
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  7. The Beer Pong Years (2000-2003)

    I would miss shots on purpose just to taste the bittersweet nectar in my own cups.

    The Poker Years (2003-2005)

    Blue Moon
    Ithaca Apricot Wheat

    It was easy to shrug off comments about my manhood while I was counting chips.

    The Law School Years (2005-2008)

    I was older. I was more sophisticated. I had a shamrock tattoo on my arm. I needed to prove that I could stomach a beer that I had once likened to "wet dirt."

    The Working-Class Stiff Years (2008-Present)
    Sam Adams Black & Brew (my gateway beer)

    2008 to 2010 were lost years. I can't remember what I drank, but it wasn't beer. Probably diet soda. Anyway, I spent Christmas 2011 in Buffalo, where Labatt Blue is a delicacy and Molson XXX is only for real daredevils, like the guy who skips the medium wings and goes straight for the hot. The black sheep in the family brought a Sam Adams Winter Pack to the Christmas Eve party and offered me a Black & Brew. Nursing my room-temperature Labatt was like sucking on a wet gym sock, so I gratefully accepted. It was a revelation. It made me forget all about work and bills and small dogs wearing sweaters and antlers. Over the next few days, I choked down every other beer in the Winter Pack (yes, I'm including Old Fezziwig) just to get those two Black & Brews. I stopped drinking them because Sam Adams stopped brewing them. Sam Adams is dead to me now.

    But there's a silver lining to the story. The quest for the next Black & Brew led me to Wolaver's Alta Gracia Porter and Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, which didn't cut it. A Google search for other coffee beers led me to these forums. The names of the beers being thrown around here was overwhelming, but the consensus at the time seemed to be that Founders Breakfast Stout was the gold standard. I shelled out $5.50 for a single at a bottle shop in Monroeville, PA, in March 2012. From that day on, I was hooked on craft beer, and I went to Premier Gourmet every weekend to try a new bottle. I'll never forget that first Black & Brew...
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  8. Brooklyn Lager. I used to drink that shit by the case.
    Magic Hat #9. My first "craft beer".
    Dogfish 60 min. However I will drink a 90min from time to time.
    Blue Point........ Fucking sellouts
  9. carlitos92

    carlitos92 Savant (330) Texas Jul 12, 2012

    Blue Moon. Besides being obsessed with stouts now anyway, I found a much better local replacement for the wheaty-fruity vibe.

    Don't really touch other BMC beers.
  10. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Savant (445) California Mar 26, 2013

  11. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Advocate (580) Tennessee Nov 13, 2007

    Does that include Black Chocolate or.....? Cause that definitely ain't a beer I've put behind me.....
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  12. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Advocate (615) New York Aug 29, 2013

    Good point, No, or brooklyn local one. But for the most part I'd stil say I've given up on them since my early days of beer.
  13. Wardo

    Wardo Aficionado (150) Illinois Apr 17, 2012

    Cool thread. In the rear view mirror going waaayyyy back: Milwaukees Best, Busch Beer, Little Kings (do they still make this?). Heineken at the casinos is long gone. And Guiness, haven't had one since BCBS touched my lips 6 years ago. Still enjoy a tap of Haacker Pschorr or FrancesKahner from time to time and those are what got me started on the whole craft beer thing going back to late 80's.

    I've tried, but can't put Bud in the rear view mirror. Tough to beat a case of Bud in the cooler on ice floating down a river or camping when it 100 f'n degrees out. Made the mistake of doing that one year with a cooler full of Hopslam and couldn't stand upright after a day on the water.
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  14. High School
    Beer Discovery Phase
    Anything and everything BMC AAL is long since history... I'm looking at you, Coors Light.

    Impress girls with my class and taste phase

    Newcastle Brown
    Almost anything Sam Adams*
    Blue Moon

    9 year lull, then enlightenment phase!
    Nothing to report yet

    * I still buy the occasional sixer of Boston Lager; it's just a solid brew when I want something more subtle.
  15. ZionNation

    ZionNation Initiate (0) Arizona Jun 24, 2013

    yeah Magic Hat is lame, I would drink a Budweiser before I will ever drink a Magic Hat. other left behinds, most Sam Adams, Red Hook, a lot of imports.
  16. Snowdog

    Snowdog Savant (270) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    Yes, this is what I meant, accidently posted the same link twice. I agree there are many better than this one too.
  17. Snowdog

    Snowdog Savant (270) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    :eek: I would like to hear why also o_O
  18. Morakaton

    Morakaton Savant (390) Michigan May 6, 2013

    -Bass Pale Ale
    -Newcastle Brown
    -Anything from Atwater Brewing (ha, I used to consider them good craft beer, then realized they're only a hair better than swamp water)
    -All American Adjunct Lagers

    I hate to admit it, but I still comeback to the Sam Adams seasonal packs, 1 per season, even if I know they'll all be disappointing for the most part. I can't help it though, because finding a gem like Old Fezziwig or Oktoberfest actually almost makes that cheapass 12 pack a deal, but not quite. At least Boston Lager is always good =D
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  19. jason318

    jason318 Initiate (15) Florida Mar 11, 2014

    I can agree more about: shipyard pumpkinhead
  20. Henry Weinhard's (is that still made?)
    Any Redhook Brewery beer
    the classic Boulder Beer lineup (Buffalo Gold anyone?)
  21. Except for Hoptimum I don't even look at the Sierra Nevada lineup any more.
  22. Like @TastefulNudity , The only style of beer that I can do without is the BMC Light alternatives. Not saying I wouldn't drink it at a friends cookout, just nothing I would purchase for myself. Session brews are another story though. Oh, and will never buy Kentucky Ale again. Infection galore.
  23. Kanger

    Kanger Savant (445) New York Sep 3, 2013

    I used to love Delirium Tremens but I haven't had one in years.

    Also Doghead Fish 60 is another I recently just got tired of. I used to love it, but now I don't like it at all.
  24. Rail City Ale by Rail City in St. Albans VT

    It is left in the past because they went out of business in the early 2000s.
  25. Any BMC. Beck's, Heineken(I guess those are Euro equivalent to BMC), Sam Adams, DFH since they quit making Squall IPA.
  26. Pale lagers other than for the occasional tick.

    Tripel Karmeliet – the quality has totally gone down here & I probably overestimated it to begin with
    Rodenbach – too sweet for me now, it was sweet to begin with, it is almost like drinking a radler for me now
    Barbar – the first beer that I learned to love, tastes chemical now & honestly it is rubbish
    Duchesse De Bourgogne – feels too sweet for me these days & not balanced enough
    Leffe anything – used to drink it occasionally before I got into beer just to taste something different than a pale lager, I know better now

    I no longer drink Struise as much as I used to, sadly only because the prizes have gone through the roof, their beers are still fantastic & I will try anything new by them.

    I have gone from chasing every De Molen beer available to trying only what offered & on tap etc. They used to spectacular but then came the infections which they did wind up solving but I still do not feel like the new stuff is on par with what it used to be.
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  27. Newcastle and DFH midas touch. midas touch was kinda what got me into high gravity beers and it is still good but my palate has changed.
  28. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Wow. My list is remarkably similar to yours. I would amend it by saying most Sam Adams, most Magic Hat, all Shipyard, and most Rogue is long forgotten. Not gonna lie - while it may be forgotten, I don't hate Purple Haze. Some additions (yes I'm jogging my memory with other people's posts):

    Anchor Steam - I like it, but always pass it over
    Hoegaarden (and a few other wheat beers)
    DFH 60 & 90

    Very fond memories drinking some of these beers in college. I remember talking about all of them like they were the bees knees. Oh well...
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  29. rollom

    rollom Advocate (655) New York Jan 22, 2011

    Lots of the obvious choices on here I agree with.

    Another for me is Arrogant Bastard. Don't dislike it or anything, just never have an interest in drinking it anymore
  30. I don't know why this beer is even considered a pumpkin beer. I don't believe it even has any pumpkin in it. I've looked at the label and went to the Shipyard website and pumpkin IS NOT listed as an ingredient. So, essentially, it's a wheat beer with pumpkin pie spices added.

    As an aside, I love the Pumpkinhead reviews which include statements about how the pumpkin flavor is good, or subtle, or bold, etc. Just goes to show two things: (1) pumpkin is often a flavor that is not typically noticeable even in the best pumpkin beers (as uncooked pumpkin has very little flavor to begin with) and people confuse pumpkin pie spices with actual pumpkin flavor and (2) most reviewers are totally full of shit.
  31. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Good call, at one point AB was my absolute favorite beer. I can honestly say I probably haven't had it in 6-7 years...I should revisit it but there's just too many other beers.
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  32. Corona, corona, corona. Recently went to an all- inclusive resort resort in Mexico with supposedly "premium" drinks. That surely di not include beer as Corona was all they had. Never, ever again.
  33. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Advocate (580) Tennessee Nov 13, 2007

    Same here... a great beer but I haven't bought any in forever... not sure why, maybe too many other choices?
  34. Mojo

    Mojo Savant (410) Alabama Jul 21, 2012

    Drummond Brothers (haven't seen it in over 30 years anyway)
    Red Dog
    Miller Genuine Draft
  35. Rehmeyer

    Rehmeyer Aficionado (120) Maryland Jul 20, 2009

    Bass Ale
    Pilsner Urquell
    Spaten/Hacker Pschorr

    In short, nearly all the iconic beers that were considered standard bearers for their respective styles 30+ years ago. I would still drink these beers, but the recent boom in beer availability shows these beers are not best-in-category, iconic standard bearer or not.
  36. Anything ending in 'dry' (I guess I am dating myself here).
    Bass Ale
    'light' anything- it's now all about 'session'
    Corona (with the exception of any summer days spent outside with the temperature above 95 F).
    Many of the 'flavored' beers from Sam Adams.
    Most Pumpkin beers (I HATE Coriander).
    Most wheats/hefeweizens. They just don' do it for me.

    edited to add Magic Hat #9- I can't drink it anymore. I just can't.
  37. It's all pretty mediocre. Expedition is decent after about three years in the cellar, but everything else I've had by them is pretty flavorless and unexciting for the price. The porter is bland and watery at best, Kalamazoo stout is thinner than corona light, Hopslam should be about $11, not $19, Two Hearted is a piss poor example of an IPA, I could go on and on. I know millions of people love their stuff, and that's cool. If I'm not buying it anymore, there's more for everyone else.
  38. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Savant (250) New York Nov 23, 2008

    Never really drank BMC. All the following "imports" were the gateway beers that I drank in college and the first few years afterward (the 80s):

    Heineken, Amstel Light, Grölsch
    Becks, Lowenbrau, Dinkel Acker,
    Bass Ale
    Molson Golden, Moosehead

    Much of the 90s through 2008, when I discovered true craft beer, I bought beer infrequently, and when i did it was stuff like Dundee's Honey Brown (12 packs at BJ's) or SA Boston Lager. All except the SA BL are best left in the rear view mirror.
  39. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Savant (310) Florida Feb 20, 2013

    A Guinness and Bass B&T

    Old ones I go back to on occasion... SNPA, Sam Adams BL, and Pacifico with a dash of salt.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014
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  40. michman

    michman Savant (300) Illinois Oct 14, 2005

    Wowza. to each their own i suppose. The Oracle is much better than their hopslam. they make a dopplebock that is quite good. Third coast Old Ale (not to be confused w third coast beer) is a decent barleywine. just a few of my favs if u ever decide to give em another shot. All good, diff strokes for diff folks. Cheers!