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The One that made you like beer.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TastyAdventure, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm with you. I hated beer. After a round of golf at Glen Ivy, I went to Tom's Farm in Corona, I like always do to pick up something to take home, like pizza, cheese, sweets, etc. Then, that one day, I randomly picked up Pliny the Elder, only because I like the simple label. I had no clue about beers, other than I didn't like it.

    I finished the bottle, and thought this ain't bad. Then, I researched. Now, I'm hooked!
  2. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Firestone Walker Pale 31.

  3. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Abita Amber on my first trip to New Orleans. Prior to that, I only drank hard liquor and those crappy malt beverages (Mike's Hard Lemonade was a favorite). My first time trying craft was a SNPA, and I dumped it on the ground. I thought it was awful. But a week straight of drinking basically just Abita Amber and I was on my way to being a BA.
  4. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,030) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    SweetWater 420, it's been downhill ever since. They make some great stuff down in Atlanta.
  5. erikl48

    erikl48 Savant (295) Pennsylvania Jun 29, 2011

    Harpoon ipa was the first I really loved, and it started my ipa freak flag flying
  6. Hmmm. I'd say the beer that sparked my love for beer was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Before that I only drank BMC beers, with the occasional PBR or Yuengling.
  7. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...I thought to myself..what's this crisp bitter bite..melikey...oh yes melikeydahop...haven't looked back since
  8. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    DFH 90 Minute
  9. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    This can be tough thinking about, actually. I don't remember not liking beer, ever. A couple of Sam Smiths products were my first craftish beers back in the day, then eventually along came Sam Adams. But I also remember how absolutely cool it was to have a Coors that was smuggled into MA. I drank a lot of what we are calling swill, but I sure appreciate what we have now a whole lot more. It is all relative I suppose...when all one could get was Schlitz, Bud, Miller, original Narragansett, Carling, etc. with the occasional Heineken, well, it is what you drank if you liked beer. I also think the swill might have been slightly better then, or we just didn't know any better. Point is, besides home brew, it was all there was. And I am no historian, but I suspect that way back in the day the numerous small breweries (pre-prohibition) were probably nowhere near as experimental and creative as their modern counterparts (please feel free to educate me on this).
  10. I am Irish and German, in my family mothers milk was served with a beer chaser!

    (I know, stereotype, but true nonetheless!)
  11. The usual suspects... Bass, Newcastle, Guinness, Moosehead (I thought I was cool for drinking a canadian lager), but when I had New Belgium 1554 something really clicked. So I always say that 1554 is what got me into craft beer.
  12. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Aficionado (170) Florida Nov 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Newcastle/Magic Hat #9
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  13. I have to think it was Yuengling, but more importantly it was the place. It was the early 90's and I went to college already a veteran of pounding Genesee, Labbatt, Molson, etc. Once I turned 21, I started going to Zeno's pub. We would start getting Black and Tans and they had a beers around the world challenge. Hopefully my name is still on the wall.
  14. uptomonto

    uptomonto Disciple (70) Indiana Dec 15, 2012

    Early 90's, after a particularly hot day of wade-fishing here in So. IN., my buddy's dad insisted this fishing trip we weren't going to quench our thirst with the usual crap - for that day, sitting ice cold in the cooler back at the car, he had Killian's Red...

    I know, not the greatest. BUT, I did take notice and started down the road to better beer and homebrewing.
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  15. Anker13

    Anker13 Savant (295) New Jersey Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    My craft beer addiction was more of a gradual process...

    Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat got me started, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale got my attention, Stone Arrogant Bastard got me hooked, and Ithaca Apricot Wheat sealed the deal (for nostalgia reasons haha)
  16. klinger

    klinger Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 9, 2012

    Pete's Wicked Ale.
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  17. Scalzo

    Scalzo Savant (450) Illinois Feb 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Founders Porter
  18. Hoegaarden
  19. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    If you get the chance try a Kane Brewery (NJ) Head High IPA. I think you'll like it if your into IPAs.
  20. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    val dieu tripl

    Sad, can't recall the beer that started the stout obsession.
  21. RelentlessLefty

    RelentlessLefty Savant (300) Iowa Nov 1, 2012

    a awesome friend who works at el bait shop threw me in head first to Hopslam and Tommy Knocker Imperial nut brown.....and the rest is history
  22. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Guinness extra stout! and there was no turning back
  23. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Saranac Black Forest. A rite of passage living in upstate NY were the Saranac Trail mix 12-packs over Xmas break. I brought one to basically every party from the age of 19-22.
  24. benidy

    benidy Aficionado (130) Missouri May 4, 2008


    Had it in a bar, could never find it on the shelf, started exploring craft to find something similar...
  25. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    1st beer was a Black Label ( I believe Canadian ) with my Grandpa at age 14 which was more mental bliss than really tasting good. But I think my 1st real enjoyable beer experience was a Molson Golden Ale. A little skunky ( which at the time meant it was considered a stronger beer ) but tasty and went down easy. A fine choice after skiing hard all day. But really I was sold to the golden nectar at age 14. :)
  26. mpitts

    mpitts Aspirant (40) Kentucky Jan 15, 2013

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Before that, I could never acquire the taste for beer.
  27. lostinfla

    lostinfla Aficionado (190) Florida Jul 25, 2010

    Miller (3/2)! "the champagne of beers"!!
  28. russmann

    russmann Aficionado (135) Idaho Oct 3, 2007

    I never did BMC's. When I turned 21 my mother gave me a mix-a-six of crafts. That led to Fat Tire, which led to 1554, which led to Chimay Grande Reserve. That was the beer that woke me up.
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  29. kingmaker

    kingmaker Savant (355) Louisiana Nov 20, 2012

    Guinness 250th Anniversary
  30. thehyperduck

    thehyperduck Advocate (650) Ontario (Canada) Feb 26, 2006 Beer Trader

    Alexander Keith's.

    Yeah, I've always had pretty low standards. I drove a '91 Topaz until last year, and I like the Toronto Maple Leafs. And fat chicks. ;)

    Keith's was the first beer I ever 'liked' enough to drink regularly (before that I mostly stuck to rye/rum & coke), but Fuller's London Porter is what really got me into enjoying beer for something other than the buzz.
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  31. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Aficionado (225) Iowa Sep 9, 2012

    I used to randomly drink SNPA while in college, then drank boulevard unfiltered wheat, finally Fat Tire found its way to Iowa and I was hooked.
  32. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Advocate (580) West Virginia Apr 29, 2010 Beer Trader

    Lion stout, picked it up in a mixed 6 pack at a newly opened beer store like 10 years ago.. Was amazed at how different it was, flavorful and strong.
  33. Boont amber.

    And it's still my recommended gateway beer for BMC drinkers.

    Different enough to really notice a change.
    Accessible enough to "get it".
    Cheap enough to afford.
    Easy enough to find.
    Delicious enough that I still have one every now again.

    Cheers to first crushes.

    First loves is a whole other ball of wax.
  34. KISSFR33K

    KISSFR33K Aficionado (200) Michigan Sep 15, 2012

    stoney creek vanilla porter
  35. TheSSG

    TheSSG Savant (410) Illinois Jul 27, 2008

    I did a semester abroad in Berlin.
    Across the way from the Aldi was a beverage store. I went in just for the hell of it. Bottles (the real size) were like 70¢ each.
    I figured it was the cheapest way for me to try out German bier (which I heard so many good things about).
    I picked up:
    Schinner Edel Weisse, Schwarzer Steiger, and Lückenwalder Bock. I really just thought buying a "white" and "black" bier, and then one with a deer on it was funny.

    So, I went back across the other street to my apartment and poured the Edel Weisse...
    I couldn't believe what such flavors were possible.

    Next, I tried that Schwarzbier and was equally blown away. The bock rocked my socks off. I brought home the Weisse and the Bock for my dad, but had to leave the bock (d'oh! It's my dad's favorite style!) on account of too much weight.

    When I got home, I tried "Black Bavarian" from Sprecher as my intro to American Craft Bier. I couldn't believe that bier made right here in America could be as good as some made in Germany.

    And, that was the beginning of it all.
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  36. HardyA

    HardyA Savant (430) Michigan Jan 26, 2013 Subscriber

    Oberon. Been enjoying Michigan summers ever since
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  37. Kyrojack

    Kyrojack Advocate (515) Indiana Oct 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sam Adam's Noble Pils or Boston Ale. Had them both on the same day.
  38. egrace84

    egrace84 Poobah (1,070) Illinois Mar 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    The absolute first craft beer that i tasted that got me in to craft beer was New Glarus Uff-da-bock. Loved it and really wish they'd brew it again.
  39. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    Magic Hat #9 and Brooklyn Brown Ale when I was 21. That stuff made me want to drink good beer. Remember when #9 was really really good, like 7 years ago?
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  40. ehsteve

    ehsteve Savant (320) Texas Jan 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Leffe Blonde.