Go-To Convert Beer

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  1. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (567) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    I am sure many of you have friends/ family members that are not into craft beer. If you had to select a single beer with the goal to try and convert them, what would it be and why?

    For example, the beer that converted my dad into a craft beer drinker was Trappist Rochefort 10.
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  2. Nmelione

    Nmelione Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 New Jersey

    Heady Topper. Converted my girlfriend and a bunch of friends.
  3. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (313) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    SNPA is a great entry to craft.
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  4. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (567) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    Perfect example! This was even an excellent stepping stone for me into IPA's.
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  5. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (642) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey

  6. rronin

    rronin Initiate (178) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    You took the words right out of my mouth!
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  7. rronin

    rronin Initiate (178) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    I want to lick my tablet!

    WCKDVBZ Initiate (0) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis and/or Allagash White.
  9. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,696) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut

    Converted one dude tonight with SN Nooner.
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  10. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska

    Black Butte Porter from deschutes, I find that porters and stouts are easier to get people to like than other styles
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  11. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Michigan

    I've had good luck with Belgian styles and saisons.. Specifically: Sofie, La Fin Du Monde, and a local Dubbel. Unique but not too overwhelming or bitter.

    Being from Michigan, pretty much everyone will drink an Oberon around here.

    I've also found that some palates actually really enjoy mild sours, like Rodenbach, dark English beers, like a nice mild porter or oatmeal stout, and a few even really liked milder barley wines or double IPAs (both complex but with relatively lower perceived bitterness (Gravity/IBU).
  12. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    I converted my cousin with Hoegaarden. He still buys mostly BMC (he's a college student) but now will drink IPA's and some Belgian stuff.
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  13. BuffaloBrasky

    BuffaloBrasky Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2014 California

    I actually thought I didn't like beer when I tried Pale Ale. Granted I was 18, it wasn't a very good first entry for craft beer. I thought it was too bitter, weird yeasty flavor, and odd aftertaste. 8 years later, I've warmed up to it, but being that I live in Chico, I've had time to get sick of it too.

    My recommendations to newcomers are easy drinking beers that are light on hops and usually high on familiar flavors. I've never met someone who dislikes Fresh Squeezed, even people who dislike beer. Chocolate stouts are always a good gateway beer, as they're smooth and sweet with an appealing smell (Sam Smith's, Rogue, Campfire Stout). Wheat beers were how I got into craft beer, and seem to be effective with others too. Stuff like Kellerweis, Coronado Orange Ave, Frankiszaner Hefe, etc.
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  14. SMH_NWI

    SMH_NWI Disciple (368) Jan 8, 2015 Texas

    I converted my dad a couple years ago with Zombie Dust, given my location. He's never looked back and tries anything new he can get his hands on. He texts me a lot asking about certain beers b/c he wants to try everything. Same with my girlfriend last year, I got her with ZD.
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  15. Phigg1102

    Phigg1102 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2013 New York

    For wine drinkers it's Rodenbach, for casual beer folks I'd say SNPA.
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  16. cck5

    cck5 Initiate (0) May 11, 2014 New York

    lagunitas sumptin sumptin.

    or harpoon ipa.
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  17. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,227) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Southern Tier Live
    A great intro beer
  18. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,470) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    It depends on the person's tastes. I tend to cater to their preexisting tastes. If they already like AALs and light beer, I'd recommend SN Nooner or some other good pilsner. If they are citrus junkies like me, go ahead and start them off with a pale ale. Yuengling and Shiner Bock are also great entry beers. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is also a fine example. Hefeweizens are a good beginner beers, too. Hell, if know this person loves coffee and/or chocolate, I'll recommend Guinness or SN Stout.
  19. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Disciple (328) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    I've had good luck with Victory Prima Pils, Hoegaarden, and Dale's Pale. I've also made some converts with my homebrewed honey porter, Belgian wit, and saison. I'm currently drinking a Sierra Nevada Summerfest. I think this beer would work very nicely also.
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  20. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Disciple (304) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    I guess you could say I "converted" my girlfriend with Kellerweis, Weihenstephaner Hefe, SA Boston Lager, Fat Tire, Alaskan Amber, and to some extent even La Fin Du Monde. She continues to loathe anything hop-forward, especially if bitterness is a factor.

    Unfortunately, I don't think it was a conversion so much as a series of mini eye-opening, "Ah ha" moments that changed her mind from "Beer is swill" to "Beer can be pretty tasty". Though she still prefers hard booze and wine, I'll take her epiphany as newfound respect, and that's ok with me.
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  21. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (567) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    Back when DFH actively produced Noble Rot, that was my convert beer for wine drinkers. I will have to try Rodenbach for them now! Good advice!
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  22. MA_hops

    MA_hops Initiate (0) May 18, 2015 Vermont

    Victory at Sea by Ballast Point.... I've discovered that many who do not like hoppy beers, do in fact love big bodied, dessert like stouts/porters.
  23. Relik

    Relik Initiate (152) Apr 20, 2011 Nova Scotia (Canada)

    Stopped trying the whole convert. learned its easier to let them come around to it on their own time and develop their own journey. Also means more beer in the mean time for me.
  24. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota


    Luke...Abrasive is your father!
  25. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Zealot (540) Apr 17, 2015 Washington

    I don't think there's one beer that will do the job. It depends on the person.

    Some might be converted with a Stout or Porter, others with Berliner Weisse or Saisons. I know I've converted Bourbon drinkers with a Bourbon barrel stout and wine drinkers with barrel aged sours.

    Personally, I think IPAs are an acquired taste. So, starting off with a hopbomb might not be your best bet.
  26. rozzom

    rozzom Crusader (731) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    I'm not a beer evangelist.

    But if I really wanted to convert someone I'd ensure I was equipped with the following:

    1 x Black Tuesday chilled to 55F
    1 x snifter
    1 x packet of unsalted crackers
    1 x glass of filtered water
    1 x sturdy wooden chair
    1 x large pair of pliers
    1 x hammer
    2 x rolls of duct tape

    Good luck
  27. CMB2012

    CMB2012 Aspirant (221) Nov 26, 2008 Colorado

    Just a random comment really, but I have to say that as a bartender who frequently serves zombie dust I have found many drinkers of all kinds gravitate towards this beer for its lack of bitterness, yet full hop flavor profile. To give and example:
    "I'll take a Miller Lite."

    "Sorry we don't carry Miller Lite, or any light beer for that matter. But, what I do have is listed on the chalk board over here."

    "Oh you have Zombie Dust? I'll take one of those."

    It's quite shocking actually how many will drink this beer in great quantity without really giving a shit about beer...
  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (856) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Lately, I would say Rothaus Pils.

    But Weihenstephan Original is more ubiquitous and works as well.

    Aside from that, a plane ticket to Germany. Then another ticket to a NERAX festival in the US to try UK cask ales. This is a nice way to coax someone into trying something beyond IPAs and barrel-aged stouts.

    Oh, that’s probably not what you meant. :wink:
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  29. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (499) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    There are many entrances into the building; and people have different entry points with what their expectations or tastes desire, so I really have no idea. If I ever had the desire become a beer proselytizer; I would definitely not drop them off in the deep end of the pool with big, challenging meat falling off its appendages beer. Since it's summer, I'd go with easy drinkers and easy drinking styles that speak softly but hit left handed.
  30. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (482) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Don't try to covert people. If they express an interest, I'll be more than glad to help. Don't get the obsession with wanting to convince others to drink craft beer.
  31. captaincoffee

    captaincoffee Meyvn (1,387) Jul 10, 2011 Virginia

    Right brewery, but I would have said their hefeweissbier. Vitus is a little bit high in ABV and the hefe is absolutely delicious.
  32. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Aspirant (217) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Ghost face killa

    That way I know they're truely worthy.
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  33. vurt

    vurt Savant (961) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    I gave up trying to "convert" people years ago. There's no point to it. People drink what they want to drink and change when they want to change. Nothing wrong with that.

    You might as well ask, "What is your go-to band to convert people to good music?"
  34. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,473) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota

    I went from swill to Blue Moon and then to Hoegaarden. I then tried out Summit EPA which led me to try some New Glarus offerings like Spotted Cow and Fat Squirrel. I then started watching DFH's show and then started seeking out their beers and the rest is history.
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  35. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,686) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    A good German Lager
    A really good red/amber ale


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  36. charlzm

    charlzm Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2007 California

    My girlfriend hates beer. That being said, she likes acidic sour beers enough to ask for second and third sips. Flemish Reds and some of the tarter wild ales. I think it's lactobacillus that's her new friend.

    However, I just made a damned tasty all-brett beer that she doesn't care for. Not sour enough and too funky, she says.

    For the record, she only drinks Fireball, Bailey's and alcopop stuff.
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  37. KurtE

    KurtE Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Illinois

    After a trip to 3F's I picked up 4 cases of Zombie Dust(my wife was my mule) and I selectively converted a hand full of people that were regular BMC drinking people. Over the years though, I have converted people with all sorts of beers, I myself was converted by Fat Tire, or Sierra Nevada's pale ale.
  38. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,321) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Allagash White. Start easy and work your way up.
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  39. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,333) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    None. If they want to try something of their own volition, fine and I will be happy to oblige. In general, my friends drink what they like, I drink what I like. I have friends who drink craft and friends who drink martinis and margaritas. They are all still friends.
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  40. GamehendgeBrewingCo

    GamehendgeBrewingCo Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2015 Massachusetts

    I'm not one to evangelize, but La Fin Du Monde did it for me. A great example of the style, not too intense, and reasonably priced.
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