Dad wants to get into beer

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  1. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    My dad loves Blue Moon's Winter Abbey. He has been noticing me drinking a lot of different craft brews and is interested to see what is out there that he might like that is similar to this (I figure similar beers to his favorite would be a good gateway). He says he loves the "cinnamony" flavor. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Maybe Goose Island Christmas Ale? Tons of it still around here
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  3. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (1,693) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Ommegang Abbey Ale. Bomb.

    Winter Abbey is probably the weakest dubbel in terms of ABV, so if he switches to Ommegang, you may find him passed out on the couch soon.
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  4. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I thought this would be cool too but it was a big mistake at least for me lol
  5. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (245) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Start him on Belgian blonde ales
  6. Stinkypuss

    Stinkypuss Poo-Bah (4,018) Apr 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Keep him out, it'll get infected!
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  7. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,318) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Clown Shoes Clementine he should like this one
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  8. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (717) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    Sam Smith's winter Warmer is kind of similar
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  9. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,318) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    No keep him in Dad Likes craft beer =Dad buys beer =son has good beer at Dads house
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  10. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    this was the first one that popped into my mind too.
  11. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    ^^ This guy catches my drift.
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    One of my first thoughts as well. Rare Vos would also be a good choice, and a bit lower in abv to boot.

    Leffe Brune is also surprisingly good, and at a nice 'starter sixer' type price.
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  13. LambicKing

    LambicKing Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Germany

    Recommend winter ales (St Bernardus Christmas), dubbels (Westmalle), pumpkin ales (Schlafly, Alewerks)...maybe eventually old ales and barleywines.
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  14. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    I think it was 'keep him out' as in 'keep bacteria out.' (then: 'haha!')
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  15. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Assuming your dad isn't a 20 year old kid, he probably has some built up taste preferences from drinking beer over the years. I find it is easier for such people to get into craft through quality pilsners, hefes and then pales. Throwing someone off the deep end of the pool and going for the more complex styles right off that bat often doesn't work.
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  16. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (1,693) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Rare Vos is pretty god damn good..
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  17. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    st bernardus prior 8
    unibroue trois pistoies
    unibroue maudite
    ommegang three philospohers
    ommegang abbey
    westmalle dubbel

    i think there are quite a few doppelbocks he'd dig too
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  18. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Another thought- according to Seekabrew, Weyerbacher is distributed to Mass.. They have a really nice BPA called Verboten, with a pretty kickin' spice-oriented yeast signature (more clove than cinnamon, but still should be in the ballpark) and a dry toasty malt backdrop. Worth seeking out.
  19. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    ya we get a lot of weyerbacher so I will have to check to see if that one is any of the shops around! Thank you!
  20. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (460) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Sierra Nevada Ovila dubble might be one that he'll like.
  21. BenTenison

    BenTenison Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 New Jersey

    When my friend wanted to get into craft beer or at least expand his horizons he told me the same thing. Find a beer that tastes similar to X. I think that is way too tough a task and doesn't really make you open to new beers. So...I went to a local store and bought a mixed 6 of every standard style beer Sierra Nevada makes, gave it to him and told him to get back to me on the ones he liked and why. Easiest way to get people into craft beer is introduce them to new styles not just chasing beers.

    Yes I apologize for not answering the question at all, just wanted to share my experience with helping people learn about craft beer.
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  22. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    What happened? Please share!
  23. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    Treat him to some 12.12.12 and when he finishes it tell him he can never have it again!
  24. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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  25. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    That is just so
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  26. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,276) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    [quote=" He says he loves the "cinnamony" flavor. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated![/quote]

    Trade for some New Glarus Dancing Man wheat. $8 six pack. Its should easily trade for $4$ locals.
  27. Handyandy58

    Handyandy58 Initiate (131) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Maybe Left Hand Good Juju? I know it's a ginger flavored beer, but if the cinnamon is what he likes, that beer tastes like a gingerbread cookie, which isn't far off from that flavor profile.
  28. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    My dad buys me at least a 6 pack of pliny a month. Holla!
    So love your dad! Hahaha
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  29. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,058) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Yes, these!
  30. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Champion (889) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Hmmm definitely some Winter Warmers and Dark Belgian Ales. My dad was slow to get into craft beer (New Belgium Shift Pale Lager helped), but he really fell in love with all manner of Belgian Ales even though he isn't big on hoppy beer still. He also loves Stouts and Porters so maybe try some of those? You might be surprised how much he might like the bigger beers. My dad had been a lager drinker all his life until he noticed what I was drinking haha.
  31. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    Ayinger Celebrator? And he'll get a cool little goat for a bottle opener. It's like the adult version of Cracker Jack.
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  32. Benish

    Benish Champion (891) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    This is something I need to work on with my dad :wink:
  33. Ahappyhiker2

    Ahappyhiker2 Initiate (194) Mar 27, 2013 New Jersey
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    My dad has always loved Magic Hat #9. I took him to Weyerbacher and got him hooked. He's moving up the ladder now.
  34. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm sorry, but what on earth is Blue Moon Winter Abbey? Is it Blue Moon with a different label?
  35. Hardcore

    Hardcore Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Hawaii

    My dad likes the Sam Adams seasonal sampler packs I buy for him. To me Sam Adams is an easier way to try "milder" versions of different styles. For the most part nothing too hoppy, which my dad doesn't like.
  36. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    check out here there are many different beers under blue moon then just the Belgian White.
    and here is BM Winter Abbey a dubbel
  37. Rockstrongo

    Rockstrongo Initiate (150) Jun 5, 2010 New York
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    LOL. Since I got both my parents into craft beer a couple of years ago every holiday at their house has basically became a rare beer tasting with everyone trying to one up each other by pulling out the biggest whale.

    I've had the most success converting people by starting them on lighter Belgian styles and wheat beers, then slowly progressing to pale ales and more hoppy stuff.
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  38. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    SA White Christmas
  39. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    It's not going to have a cinnamon taste, but I'd let him try Allagash White. That beer impressed my dad greatly (who drank Lowenbrau and Scotch previously, ha!).
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