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What was Your Matrix "Red pill" moment?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerMeFitz, Apr 1, 2012.

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  1. Iamstryker

    Iamstryker Member

    New Jersey
    Slow stroll from college to post college drinking habits. College was all about mass consumption of Keystone and Busch Light, my "treating myself" back then was Yuengling and Newcastle. Once I graduated fell back on Bud for about a year, then started drinking "odd" beers back then to myself, Blue Moon, #9, Dos Equis. First craft beer was probably 60 minute IPA, and never turned back.
  2. utopiajane

    utopiajane Member

    New York
    I decided I wanted a hobby . . . maybe start some kind of collection. Beer was the perfect choice because I can "collect" as many as I want and not have to dust anything.
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  3. GottaTickemAll

    GottaTickemAll Member

    If I recall correctly, I believe my wife dragged me to Alesmith. Life has never been the same since.
  4. HisBoyElroy

    HisBoyElroy Member

    Mine was definitely Bell's Oberon at The Stone Pub. My bud had recently gotten really into craft beer and was kind pushing me away from my beloved Bud Light. I had it and pretty much converted over night.
  5. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Member

    Dogfish 60 Minute. It was probably not long after I turned 21, so early 2009. I can't remember exactly where I was, but I know it was at a local bar.
  6. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Member

    It was gradual for me. I started with good beer and never bothered with bad stuff (I had great friends to guide me from good beer to better beer to amazing beer). But it wasn't a big thing for me until senior year of college. I had Yazoo Sly Rye Porter, Old Rasputin, and Left Hand Milk Stout all around the same week. It was my introduction to heavier, non-IPA beers that made me really love beer and started me on the path to enlightenment and Trappist beer.
  7. Burt

    Burt Member

    Rhode Island
    Alpha King, until then it was Boston Lager and SN's Pale Ale which were not bad but Alpha King was in a realm of its own.
  8. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Member

    Mine was when my girlfriend's parents (all from Belgium) brought over a 4-pack of Duvel.

    I paid it forward when my brother was visiting from NY, and I gave him a Duvel. He too, never knew beer could taste this good.
  9. Caleb

    Caleb Member

    I really didn't drink in college and only started while living in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. So what I knew of beer were your typical Asian lagers (in Thailand, Singh, Leo, Tiger, Chang, etc.). The best in the area was Beer Lao, and the only dark beer around was Beer Lao Dark. However, I had to cross over to Laos for those. Anyway, my "red pill" moment came when I returned to the US after five years and was staying with my sister in NYC. I popped into a little bar to have a drink while I waited for our New Years Eve dinner reservations and had an Aventinus on recommendation of the bartender. With the first sip came a radically different understanding of beer.
  10. deekyn

    deekyn Member

    Dogfish head 90 min. My ex hated that beer just because it dragged me into beer snobbery!
  11. joesmithrealname

    joesmithrealname Member

    Around '91, I had a Pete's Wicked Winter bottle.
    Then, I had another.
  12. inchrisin

    inchrisin Member


    Is Sprecher beer any good? I've had a few of their sodas and they are fantastic. I don't know why I never tried any of their beers.
  13. ScottK22

    ScottK22 Member

    New York
    It was quite a while ago, maybe around 1990. I was at a bar in Manhattan and decided to try a Corsendonk Abbey Brown, the rest is history.
  14. AJ01923

    AJ01923 Member

    I was introduced to the craft scene about 10 years ago with the likes of Sierra Nevada and Harpoon. Things really changed a few years back I remember having a fresh Sculpin on tap at a bar in Dunedin, FL and also having Lady of the Woods Kriek at the Cisco brewery in Nantucket. That beer sent me into the Sour world and I haven't looked back.
  15. ImChrisBrown

    ImChrisBrown Member

    Arrogant Bastard.

    I had already been working up to craft. My pastor was/is huge into craft and I'm a 'fringe' type of guy and will always stray for the norm. BMC was and is inherit crap and I knew that. Didn't start actually drinking till I was 21. Distinctly remember having a Mermaids Red and a few other craft's prior and working myself up to a AB. Purchased one, came home, poured it, and despite what all my macro friend said, "ahhh you're going to hate it, it's too hoppy, too freaking arrogant"
    I absolutely loved it.

    Chimay Blue and Red was also a defining moment. Both in the beer, and in a specific time in my life (i had become a 21 year old CEO)

    I just moved to San Diego and just landed a gig at a restaurant with 55 taps. 0 regrets.
  16. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Member

    I still drink "crap" beer, as everyone likes to describe my cherished American Lagers. I enjoy it. Nostalgia goes a long, long way with me. So does drinkability and cost efficiency. Cheers to you, Yuengling. I'll never turn my back on you.

    But, my first introduction into other beers was stumbling on Sierra Nevada a while back. I'm not a big pale ale person, but theirs has always sat well with me. And oh, that Kellerweiss...long live the American hefeweizen.

    Am I a certified well of knowledge on the craft beer world? Nowhere close. I'm more than willing to give every beer a sporting shot, but I have particular tastes and a lot of the nuances of some of the most popular styles are largely lost on me. But I am a firm lover of the malted beverage, and I have SN to thank for at least broadening my horizons marginally. Or at least giving me enough options to bullshit my way through looking cool enough out at the bar to pick up women drunker than I.
  17. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Member

    Hmmmm....tough one...

    I think I'd have to say my red pill came in the form of Legends Limited's Fraoch Heather Ale. Or Delerium Tremens. Bought both because I like the labels and wanted to keep the bottles decoratively (I didn't give even half a shit about beer at the time).
  18. Beeranator

    Beeranator Member

    North Carolina
    Mine was at shortly after 21, I started going to my local bar "Beer Hunter" they had 100 beers Bottles/Draught combined mostly BMC. They had a "Hall of Foam" if you drank them all you would have your name placed on there, there were only 3 names on it. I started and finished this challenge and slowly building my palate at the start i would steer clear of the hoppy beers but by the end i was ordering an arrogant bastard to wash down te other beers. After finishing the challenge i started drinking better and different beers. The end.
  19. jebsinger

    jebsinger Member

    Fitz not everyone has the stockpiles you have ;)

    Can of surly bender started it out and ive gone from there
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  20. tripeldubya

    tripeldubya Member

    1996, Franziskaner on my 21st B-day
  21. ohiobeer29

    ohiobeer29 Member

    im sure we all remember our first craft beer and how the experience changed our view on drinking beer forever.
    so fellow BA's share your first craft beer experience and relive the moment with us all.

    my first craft beer experience was in 2010 at the mgm grand Detroit. can't remember the restaurant but i remember ordering these amazing fries corn bread and an atwater brewery dirty blonde. i remember being blown away by how great it tasted and how drinkable it was. great summer beer. i liked the beer so much i emailed them and spoke with a district manager who advised me on where i could find it in ohio and i bought a 6 pack and enjoyed them all.
  22. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Member

    I have never even heard of that beer...
  23. TwoTrees

    TwoTrees Member

    Maudite. Those lumberjack boys in their devil-canoe took me straight down the craft rabbit hole...like a malty, satanic Splash Mountain.
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