What was your 1st imported beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 19etz55, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. 19etz55

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

    My 1st import was also my 1st beer at age 14.
    It was Carling's Black Label (Canada) given to me by my Grandfather.
    My 1st import I bought at legal age (18 in 1974) was either
    Moosehead or Molson, also from North of the border, Canada, Eh.

    Where was your 1st imported beer from?
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2014
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  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Savant (465) California Mar 19, 2012

    Don't remember. It would have been in the early 80s. Probably either European or Canadian. My guess would be Canadian because Moosehead and Molson were pretty popular at that time.

    Frankly, I didn't really drink imports until after college after going to Europe. Before that, it was cheap beer (Schlitz Talls, Mickey's, MGB, Bud).
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  3. Texsuds

    Texsuds Savant (370) Texas Jan 22, 2013 Beer Trader

    Pretty sure my 1st was Guinness, maybe Newcastle in college.
  4. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poobah (1,035) Kansas Jul 5, 2009 Verified

    Grolsch or Guinness, not sure which.
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

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  6. rgordon

    rgordon Advocate (600) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012 Verified

    Lowenbrau and Heineken (Germany, The Netherlands) back in the 60's. Heineken was way better than most available US brews, but Lowenbrau was damned good, still is.
  7. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    Moosehead, baby!
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  8. Retroman40

    Retroman40 Savant (400) Florida Dec 7, 2013 Verified

    Molson Golden.
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  9. riverlen

    riverlen Savant (430) Illinois Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    Dinklelocker (spelling is probably wrong) "Drink a Dink" was their slogan. I was in high school and worked after school in a German butcher shop, the owner knew the importer and got that plus a German brandy by the case. He said, "If you work like a man you can drink like a man." So on Saturday's after the shop closed and everything was in order we would bend our elbows.
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  10. BrewSTL

    BrewSTL Savant (350) Missouri Mar 14, 2013

    Newcastle back in HS
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  11. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Savant (460) Ohio Mar 19, 2011

    It was either St. Pauli Girl or New Castle. Those were the fancy beers for me in college.
  12. SFNC

    SFNC Savant (425) North Carolina Apr 7, 2013

    My first one was a Molson Golden. I was 14 or 15 and this was the 70's. I shunned the big Amercan beers from the get go.
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  13. timotao

    timotao Advocate (545) New York Sep 16, 2013 Beer Trader

    Molson Golden, Molson Ice, Molson Canadian? One of those. Can't remember which one.
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  14. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Savant (445) United Kingdom (Scotland) Jun 6, 2013 Verified

    Fuller's London Pride
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  15. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poobah (1,080) California Oct 13, 2007 Beer Trader

    Dos Equis, which I had when I was in Rosarito, Mexico. Does that count as being imported in this thread?
  16. russpowell

    russpowell Poobah (1,325) Oklahoma May 24, 2005 Beer Trader

    Heineken, completely underwhelmed me went back to Bud. A year of two later I got into Canadian beers & they put me on the right path. Still don't like Heineken, even underwhelmed me in Amsterdam.
  17. BoomKentucky

    BoomKentucky Savant (450) Kentucky Mar 22, 2013

    Newcastle I think.
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  18. Scipio3

    Scipio3 Savant (290) Ohio Mar 11, 2014

    Lowenbrau. That was the high end shit in the 70's.

    Wait, does that French import Goebbels count?
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  19. Grodd87

    Grodd87 Advocate (615) Pennsylvania Jul 30, 2014 Beer Trader

    Guinness hated it at first but will order at a bar once in a blue moon
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  20. Dos Equis
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  21. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Savant (390) Texas Nov 27, 2012

    I really can't remember but I think it was Mexico. Most likely Corona but I wouldn't touch this beer with a 10ft pole today.
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  22. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poobah (1,165) West Virginia Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, still one of my favorites today.
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  23. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Savant (435) New Jersey Dec 17, 2008

    Grolsch, a fine brew.
  24. beeragent

    beeragent Advocate (645) Texas Aug 16, 2005 Verified

  25. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011 Verified

    no idea what my first sip of beer was. if it was dad's it was Schmidt's. if it wasn't, it definitely was a german bock... likely in (West) Germany. whatever it was, I couldn't have been more than 3....

    come to think of it, a bock in w Germany wouldn't be imported, would it? :confused:
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  26. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Savant (485) Delaware Jun 11, 2014 Beer Trader

    Lowenbrau! Who didn't drink that stuff in their youth! It made you feel "sophisticated" 20 years ago! Haven't seen one here in DE in about 2 1/2 years!
  27. bkbergen

    bkbergen Savant (290) Pennsylvania Jan 5, 2009 Beer Trader

    Drank a Guinness stout in Nassau, Bahamas 3/4/95 while on spring break. Not sure if it was Foreign Extra or regular stout. It was in a bottle and was brewed in the Bahamas.
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  28. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (835) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Pretty sure I had a Corona with my parents as my first import. It's a small miracle that I actually made it this far after such a scarring drinking experience. ;)
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  29. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Savant (455) Oklahoma Aug 10, 2013

    Guinness Stout and not that 4.2% watered down stuff.
  30. russpowell

    russpowell Poobah (1,325) Oklahoma May 24, 2005 Beer Trader

    I had Killian's Red back in the early 80s, thought it was Irish (wrong!, You can fool 18 year olds easy when they aren't paying attention). That was probably the first beer I had that had any discernible malt profile
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  31. Spikester

    Spikester Savant (490) Oregon Jul 14, 2007

    Guinness Stout on tap about 1968. It was served too warm for me and it tasted like a dark beer with a half teaspoon of chew (Copenhagen) added. Probably like the Export extra stout version now. Which I do like now.
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  32. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Champion (855) North Carolina May 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Other. Red Stripe when I was 15 and it was my first full beer I ever drank. Don't know if it doesn't count because I was actually in the Caribbean when I drank it.
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  33. swinyeju

    swinyeju Savant (375) New Hampshire Aug 5, 2011 Beer Trader

    none of the above... Foster's Australian for Beer
  34. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Savant (485) Delaware Jun 11, 2014 Beer Trader

    You said "Copenhagen"!!! Blast from the past!
  35. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Advocate (630) Missouri Jan 26, 2013 Verified

    Beck's. It was my first weekend at college and a guy on my floor bought a 6 pack of it. Quite a bit different from the Busch and Bud that I had been drinking in high school.
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  36. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Savant (315) Ohio Jan 24, 2010 Verified

    Carlsberg about 1970
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  37. thomda11

    thomda11 Savant (315) California Jun 5, 2014

    My first import was Paulaner Hefeweizen shortly after I turned 21. I had only drank the usual BMC offerings up to that point and was blown away.
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  38. Pilsner Urquell, along with a few Armenian beers (Kilikia or Kotayk) where what my dad usually stocked the fridge with when i was growing up.
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  39. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Advocate (590) Pennsylvania Jun 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    My parents were really into Mexican beers, so that was the first one I tried. First one I bought for myself was probably Guinness or Bass. Bass was my "luxury" beer before I got into craft.
    I had a friend who was really into Newcastle though, so that's also plausible, but I don't recall completely.
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  40. Had to be a Labatt Blue while watching the Blackhawks in high school. Everything Canadian was cool for hockey fans back then.
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