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Your worst beer experience

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by RaulMondesi, Jan 7, 2013.


    SNOOPY Initiate (15) Jan 10, 2013

    Played in a softball tournament in NY decades ago. We each brought six packs of our beers of choice and shared. I made the mistake of trying a green bottle I was unfamiliar with (I was about 20 at the time). It confirmed the joke about the horse with diabetes. I have never touched a Rolling Rock again. It was putrid.

    Second mistake was sending a guy out to buy more beer when our keg ran dry in college. All contributed cash and he thought his mission was buy the most beer for the money. He brought back Old Milwaukee and Black Label. One of the worst hangovers I've ever experienced.
  2. grrrah

    grrrah Savant (430) California Sep 21, 2009 Beer Trader


    When I saw the title, the first thing I though was Edward 40 hands, but with Mickeys!
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  3. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    drank two fortys of Steel Reserve..... next day felt like someone hit me in the face with a 2x4... worst hangover I've ever had
  4. AndrewBV

    AndrewBV Savant (285) Connecticut Jul 13, 2012

    I bought a cool looking beer before I knew better.

    It was Wild Blue.
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  5. zestd

    zestd Savant (420) Idaho Jan 18, 2013

    Saint Patty's day. Green beer, which in this case was Natty light with food coloring. Two day hangover. College kids drink stupid stuff.
  6. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I don't know if it's my worst ever, but my most recent...

    Block party at a neighbor's house last fall (I didn't really know the hosts all that well) and went with my wife and small children. The neighbor homebrews and says he has an IPA (his first attempt at one) but wasn't satisfied with it, so is reluctant to share. A few fellow beer geeks and I beg him to pop it open and he does. It's good, but tastes more like a belian strong dark ale. I proceed to have a few red solo cups full of it (on top of a few other lower ABV bottles I'd already had).

    I start to walk home with wife and kids and my vision was SEVERELY blurred. Got home and had the spins (for the first time in many, many years). Kids wanted to know "What's wrong with daddy?" Passed out.

    All I said to my wife the next morning was "I think that homebrew had a lot of alcohol in it."

    For those that homebrew, any idea what a typical ABV would be for something in this situation (the guy was relatively new to homebrewing, and as I said, it tasted like a belgian strong ale)?
  7. Madrugada Obscura Dark Dawn Stout. It was my first day of my first vacation at my new job, and decided that I wanted to spoil myself. A few weeks prior I had my first bourbon barrel-aged stout (Allagash Bourbon Black), and wanted to try some more. The guy at my local shop hooked me up and found that they carried two barrel-aged stouts. One was Porcine Unidragon by Clown Shoes. The other, Madrugada Obscura. Paid a pretty penny for both, but as someone who LOVES stouts and porters (I drink them almost exclusively), I was stoked.

    Had the Unidragon first, and it was fantastic. I had just as high hopes for the Madrugada. Poured it out, and it looked like a solid stout. Jet black. Took a sip. *PTEH!* Lemon juice. There was nothing stout-like about it at all, save for the color. It was a sour ale, and I am not a fan of sour ales. Perhaps it was one of the greatish Flemish sours of all time. Don't know. I'm not a fan of the style, and can't make any accurate judgements on their quality. But if you call your beer a stout, and make absolutely no mention of its sour nature on the bottle, I think I have the right to be pissed. Perhaps a great sour ale, but it's the worst stout I've ever had. And not worth my $17.

    Disclaimer: From the reviews I've read, Madrugada is a fine sour ale. I can accept that. What I do not accept is the mis-labeling and giving no head-up to the true style of the beer. It's as if I ordered a fine cut of filet mignon, and they handed me a salad. Whether it's a great salad or not doesn't matter. It's not what I ordered.
  8. I don't really have any terrible experiences. I guess my worst experience would be my first. I was in elementary school, opened my stepdad's mini-fridge in the middle of the night because he always had soda. Thought I was taking a drink of Dr. Pepper, turned out to be Bud Light.
  9. South By Northwest by Widmer Bros. Apparently I am allergic to pecans.
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  10. i've told this story here before, but here goes. they had pliny the younger at my local brewery/bar a few years ago. i was so excited, and there were not a lot of people so it was easy to get multiple pours. i had three glasses...and a bowl of chili. then i went home and smoked a big bowl.

    you do the math.
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  11. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Meet me at Beachwood BBQ anytime and I will bring you a Westy.

    That movie in Bruges is so awesome I've been wanting to go there ever since.

    You's a bunch of fookin elephants...
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  12. i went to woodstock '94, and woodstock '99 made '94 look like the good ol' days of peace and love.
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  13. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Savant (465) Indiana Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

  14. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    Sounds like a pretty damn good day to me. You sure that was your worst experience?
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  15. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    It was madness...wonderful and horrible all at the same time.
  16. loafinaround

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

    I swear I want a 2 oz pink bottle... just so I can experience the hideousness
    I've heard they're supposed to come out with an elvis doughnut soon. mmmm.... delish!
  17. Tickets to a local outdoor beer festival. Beautiful day in July. I have a fever, splitting headache, sore throat, and despite really wanting to tough it out, I stay back and give up my ticket.
    My wife goes with a couple friends, one of whom is using my ticket.
    She starts texting me all of the names of the breweries she knows I love and telling me what they have on tap.
    Then the phone rings and I'm hearing a Grateful Dead cover band at the festival is playing Sugar Magnolia and she's holding up her iPhone so I can listen. Favorite Band and top 5 song. I didn't even know there was going to be entertainment at this event. I know she had good intentions, but it was killing me. Next time, I'll be going and hope the alcohol kills the pain.
  18. That night I got drunk and woke up with a 3/4 full bottle of BCBS Rare on the table...
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  19. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    It's been out for a while now.
  20. Schmittymack

    Schmittymack Advocate (540) Colorado Sep 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    Having the 24 hour bug at DLD '10. Still attended so I could do all my trades that were lined up but it was miserable not being able to sample any of the great brews around me that day.
  21. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Advocate (700) Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2008 Verified

    Beer Pong tournament at Finnegan's Wake in Philly when I was 16. Ended up sleeping in a bush after puking all over the bar while some girl was letting me do body shots off of her. Good times.
  22. BobbyQ

    BobbyQ Initiate (20) Pennsylvania Feb 5, 2013

    Recent purchase of Evil Genius IPA variety case .... tasted it at a local Brew fest (late in the tasting) with favorable memories.... invited the BeerBuds to have a tasting .... Evil Eye PA (Pennsylvania Brewed) AWFUL convulsive response! Most reviews I've read since are mediocre at best , but I think my purchase had spoiled as well.
  23. it was great until i puked.
  24. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Savant (315) Massachusetts Sep 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    This, so much this. One of the worst experiences (not sure if it was The Worst though). The brewery should be fined for putting it in the "stout" category. If Hardywood Gingerbread Stout is classified as an herb/spice/vegetable beer, then sour-as-hell Madrugada Obscura should be a sour.
  25. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (790) Texas Apr 21, 2010

    Drank 2 Steel Reserves at 19 and threw up all over my bestfriends bed and woke up with a bag of Doritos spread everywhere on the bed next to me... And I also called my bestfriends boss and I hit on her.... Yeah he got into serious trouble... So stupid, but yet so fun.
  26. DespiseTheIcon

    DespiseTheIcon Aficionado (130) Ohio Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Walked into a party while I was in college, maybe two years ago and a buddy told me to try a beer he had just snagged. I believe it was an SN Bigfoot. I walked in, grabbed what I thought was his bottle and took a swig. Dip spit. Pure fuckin' dip spit. Immediately vomited out of the second story window onto his neighbors roof and went home. I still get queasy thinking about it.
  27. Ohio_Stevo

    Ohio_Stevo Zealot (80) Feb 1, 2013

    Worst experience was drinking a Dortmunder Gold from GLBC...
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  28. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    You must be high on drugs.
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  29. I can remember some ill-advised beer drinking sessions with craft beer when I was a lot younger. I got messed-up sick off of Troegenator at a party back when I was in high school (circa 2001?). Three or four years later, I remember drinking Bigfoots, one after another, right out of the bottle at a work party. Same result. Crash courses in craft beer, I guess.

    It seriously took me a few years to reacquaint myself with these beers.
  30. Labgrownmangoat

    Labgrownmangoat Aspirant (30) Jan 23, 2013

    As with many folks, I started out drinking lawnmower beer, cheap, watery and poor. One day, a high school friend decided to try something new, and got a couple bottles of. . . Delirium Tremens. It did not appeal at all, and I wasn't even sure if it was beer. We didn't finish the bottles, and wondered why we spent so much on them when we could have bought a couple of suitcases of Stroh's. The "not so good" old days. . .
  31. djrn2

    djrn2 Poobah (1,250) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Had a rum barrel Mikkeller. Forget which one since it was so bad. It literally make me puke. Straight nail polish remover?
  32. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Savant (465) Indiana Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    . . let me guess, it comes in a blue velvet bottle?
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  33. Pinche_Oso

    Pinche_Oso Savant (495) California Jun 25, 2012 Verified

    Drank the Dos Equis, killed the Crown Black, and lost everything else. Haha That's right I haven't been able to find the Palate Wrecker, Black's Dawn, and Deliverance since Saturday. :(

  34. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Savant (315) Indiana Oct 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sam Adams Triple Bock, Nuff said
  35. Rouge Voodoo: Maple Bacon Ale! That damn beer tasted like bacon grease poured over an ash tray and fire wood and then bottled with a little ale... Drain poured it after 3 sips
  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    1997 vintage? That was the vintage I had the displeasure of having.
  37. Moussy! I did KSA for 2 years, but got out quite a lot for beercation. Heaven and hell.
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  38. darky

    darky Savant (270) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    I drove to 200+ miles to a family Christmas 'party'. I was offered an MGD 64. The first beer I've ever had that I can consider an insult to drink.

    A Budweiser would have been like a St. Bernardus after that swill....
  39. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Savant (315) Indiana Oct 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    1995, even worse
  40. Rosty

    Rosty Savant (250) California Nov 29, 2006 Beer Trader

    "Thought you looked familiar!" Said the dude getting head 10 feet away.
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