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The One that made you like beer.

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

  1. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Savant (380) Michigan Sep 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Guinness, New Castle, Heineken were my go to beers before craft. First craft Founders Dirty Bastard.
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  2. Hey. Sips of Budweiser from my Granddaddy's can! I was 6 years old. Cherished memories, yes. Thanks.
  3. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Savant (490) Pennsylvania Dec 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Guinness is what opened my eyes
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  4. Sarge3130

    Sarge3130 Advocate (530) Pennsylvania May 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    SN Pale Ale
  5. Up until about three years ago I could count on one hand the number of beers I drank in my entire life (I'm 48 now.) Then I had a Guinness.
  6. cates1tg

    cates1tg Savant (275) Michigan Jul 18, 2010

    Bell's Oberon. A Michigan summer day now isn't complete without one.
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  7. seplo

    seplo Savant (490) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    Shit, Bud unfortunatly....CHEERS
  8. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Savant (475) Colorado Jan 7, 2013

    I had been a relatively mundane beer drinker, interested but generally unenthusiastic and unenlightened. Then I tried Founders Dirty Bastard on tap one night. I could barely drink it, but it totally opened my eyes to what beer could be.

    After that, I had to try more beers. The one which I think really got me hooked was Unibroue La Fin du Monde. Even though I drink more stouts/IPAs these days, I still have a soft spot for La Fin du Monde.
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  9. Double Diamond back in the day!
  10. BigBarley

    BigBarley Savant (350) Texas Aug 5, 2011

    Saint Arnold's Lawnmower was the first craft beer I had, and it got the ball rolling. But the first time I really saw the potential of craft beer was Unibroue 'Le Terrible'... that beer terrified and delighted my pallet, and pretty much opened my mind to the unlimited range of flavor and feeling beer has.
  11. cnbrown313

    cnbrown313 Savant (440) Illinois May 29, 2012

    Bourbon County Coffee Stout (2010). My friend worked at a liquor store and I would stop in periodically. The BCS coffee sat on the shelf for almost a full year after it released. I couldn't see how any beer could be worth $15 a bomber... until one day I bought one. That was it for me...
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  12. Sam Adams Octoberfest. At the time it seemed really flavorful with a bit of a sharp zip to it. Of course now it seems really mellow and rounded, but hey, tastes change.

    The bigger eye-opener though, was when I had Dark Island. At the time I didn't really drink stouts. I didn't know what to expect, since I heard people describing stuff like Guinness to be like drinking sludgey molasses (which tickles me now, since it tastes watery and flavorless to me now). But then I took a sip and went, "... Oh...."
  13. Drank all BMC for most of college but 1st craft beer that started it for me was Duck Rabbit Milk Stout.
  14. When I was young, I remember liking my dads black butte porter and Pyramid Apricot ale, then when I started drinking I loved blue moon, and then Oakshire The Perfect Storm was where I "got" it.
  15. I had Redhook ESB when I was in high school and it was the first beer i truly enjoyed. I drank a lot of crap beer before that and thought I liked beer, but it wasn't until I tried the Redhook that realized there was a lot more to beer than the big 3.​
  16. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (330) California Jul 12, 2012

    how the hell am i supposed to remember this?! you guys dont drink enough
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  17. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Champion (905) Florida Feb 27, 2005 Beer Trader

    I went to a beer festival in Estes Park, CO back in '99 and had a coffee stout that was awesome. I dont know who made it, but at that point, I realized beer was more than Icehouse. I soon started consuming Fat Tire in large quantities and the rest is history, as they say.
  18. Sierra Nevada pale got me in, Arrogant Bastard got me hooked
  19. strohme2

    strohme2 Advocate (610) Michigan Nov 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    Probably Newcastle and SA Cherry Wheat.
  20. chadillac3

    chadillac3 Aficionado (120) Iowa Dec 5, 2012 Verified

    Shiner Bock to Newcastle to Founders Porter.

    Had Founders Porter and FBS for the first time on the same night. Been hooked ever since.
  21. DerekCarruth

    DerekCarruth Savant (470) Georgia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Tough question. Fell in love with beer when I was just a kid. Probably something my dad drank (Molson, Michelob, something like that). Went to school and most fraternity parties consisted of the cheapest, lightest beer you can get (Milwaukees Best Light, Natty Lite, something like that). Loved beer then, a lot. After school, started stepping up and trying good beer, beer that was more than $10-$12 a 12-pack). Tried Sweetwater 420 and decided there really are GOOD beers out there and it's just gotten better and more expensive from there.

    Still like the cheap stuff, on the beach, or somewhere I don't need the heavier stuff. Other than that it's some IPA or double IPA. I will never, ever not drink a beer if it's given to me. Can't do it. Won't leave a restaurant or bar until my beer, and everyone else's is gone.

    So back to the question: Michelob
  22. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Racer 5 started the conversation. PtE sealed the deal.
  23. Pilsner Urquel. My Grandfather (Czech) said it was "Mothers Milk" That was it right there.
  24. mixed_master7

    mixed_master7 Initiate (0) Florida May 16, 2012

    I never really disliked beer, but the first one that actually opened my eyes and made me realize that there was more out there than Macro, would have to be a Bluepoint Rastafarye followed by a Torpedo. Absolutely loved the Bluepoint tap handle(same dude as label) so I had to try it.
  25. Russian River Damnation (circa 2005 at the old Liar's Club location in Mission Beach). Made me realize that beer could be so much more. Miss the Liar's Club.
  26. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (655) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Bad Trader

    Leinnes Berryweiss
  27. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Never too late to start- I hope you saved up your $$$ in the meantime, you're gonna need it!;)
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  28. Rastko

    Rastko Initiate (20) Jan 29, 2013

    Maybe unbelievable, but it was Heineken, 0.33 l can, around the year 2001. I think back then, it was imported from Holland.
  29. mooseo

    mooseo Savant (340) Pennsylvania Aug 11, 2008

    Yuengling Traditional Lager was the first beer I really liked. Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale is what opened me up to craft beer.
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  30. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (630) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

  31. Sam Adams Octoberfest. Late 90's to early 00's. I thought the Boston Lager was too bitter back then.
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  32. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    I knew I liked beer when I had my first Moosehead, but I think it was actually Boulevard Wheat or Leffe Blonde that drew me into craft.
  33. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Aficionado (195) Florida Jan 20, 2013

    Amber Bock was probably the first beer I really liked. My first introduction to craft beer was Sweetwater 420. I then started trying a lot of imports and Sam Adams. It probably wasn't until about a year ago that I started trying American crafts. The first one might have been Lagunitas IPA which a friend ordered for me to try.
  34. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Advocate (530) New Jersey Aug 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout...

    Just kidding...Left Hand Milk Stout.
  35. Malty_Matty

    Malty_Matty Aficionado (145) Indiana Dec 31, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sam Adam's really got me on the craft beer kick. Than I realized Three Floyd's was in Munster. First it was Gumballhead, and the rest is history.
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  36. mmireles

    mmireles Aficionado (220) Texas May 18, 2005

    Well I've always loved beer... but some of the ones that got me into better quality beers were:

    Shiner Bock
    Fat Tire
  37. mouseman007

    mouseman007 Aficionado (155) Ohio Jan 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    Dogfish 60 minute...buddy bought a 6 pk and brought it over and he hated it and I proceeded to have a few then killed the 6er in the next couple days and after that all I wanted was more craft beer.
  38. Yuengling Lager as a freshman at Penn State...opened lots of doors, I think Victory came along shortly after that!
  39. Never drank beer until I was legal. Didn't like it either (although I kept drinking on weekends in college) until I had a Stroh's Beer, c 1988. No idea why, it might have been the night for my switch to go on, but when it did I had a Stroh's in my hand.
  40. Now, THAT'S funny stuff right there...
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