Mistakes you made when you were first drinking craft beer?

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  1. MiScusi

    MiScusi Meyvn (1,027) Feb 12, 2005 California

    Hey Steveh, this is not related to this thread but I'm not able to send you a PM.... Were you ever on a forum called "RealBeer.com" back around 2004/5? That's when I first discovered craft and I'm pretty sure it was you there because that "Steveh" knew so much about German beers... learned a fair amount quite fast being on that site. Remember Fretlessman tasting and comparing every porter he could get his hands on/sent to him... that was fun to follow. Chatroom tastings on occasion... those were good times, oh how great it would be to relive that first year of experiencing craft beer.
  2. Kanger

    Kanger Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    Drank 8 pints of Delerium Tremens on an empty stomach. One of the worst nights of my life.
  3. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,344) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Had a clerk say he just got a couple of Deschutes Abyss bombers in and wanted to know if I wanted to buy one. Seeing the price and not being familiar with it I passed. He looked at me like I was from another planet or something. Went out to my car and checked BA reviews, went back and bought two.
  4. elucas730

    elucas730 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 New York

    Hard to have any regrets when it comes to craft beer, especially since I have lucked into so many huge beer-related things that I had no business being a part of. But...in my early days of the craft beer scene and on my first trip to Vermont, I visited the Alchemist brewpub and the main thing I remember is getting in a fight with my GF (now wife) and a little bit the food. I really wish I remembered the pre-flood alchemist beers that I had.
  5. xanok

    xanok Aspirant (271) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut

    Don't see any reason to drink out of a shaker pint glass. Sure, I have plenty, but they are typically used when I have a lot of guests over and the beer doesn't require proper glassware. If beer is secondary to what I'm doing (video games, partying, etc), I'll opt for my nonic pint glass. Holds more beer, more comfortable to hold, and it does more for the beer itself.
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  6. davidperez

    davidperez Aspirant (261) Dec 3, 2015 Mexico

    How did you get to 8 Tremens, regardless of the fullness or emptiness of your stomach, is itself a mystery.
  7. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    The only mistake is to drink too much. I drink my IPAs and such out of a can, and they're great, in fact I much prefer them that way. Adding oxygen to the beer kinda kills the nose after a bit, dulls the taste a bit. I have many fine glasses, but if it's a can that's usually the way I drink it.
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  8. PatrickBeebe

    PatrickBeebe Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Florida

    Brought a cooler full of IPA's to the beach one summer. Being new to craft, did not even come close to enjoying 7% abs hop/malt bombs. It turned me off to the style for quite a while.
  9. patpbr

    patpbr Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Ohio

    Not sure I made mistakes. I started drinking craft in college around the Ann Arbor area in the early 2000s. I had it great. But I would still defend pbr and old style.
  10. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    I don't feel well just thinking about this :grinning:. Must have been a brutal hangover after the fact too.
  11. Anyportinastorm

    Anyportinastorm Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2009 Oregon

    Relying on the community for advice. Your taste is your own, no matter what you read.
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  12. WalterAppelle

    WalterAppelle Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2015 New York

    1st time buying Heady it was through a store where the manager was selling it $10 per can under the table. Good news was it got the ball rolling for me and created a monster. Bad news was I got ripped off.
  13. deford

    deford Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2013 California

    Good for you brother....
  14. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    Drinking a dry bitter 70 IBU IPA as my first IPA, then arbitrarily deciding that all IPA's must be that awful and avoiding them for too long.
  15. NotHereForGold

    NotHereForGold Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2015 Wisconsin

    Chugging that Rocket Fuel?!?!? "Fly me to the moon like that bitch Alice Kramden!!"
  16. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (11,446) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Leaving the likes of Cantillion, BCBS,KBS, and Parabola on the shelf, was not sure about buying them many years ago.
  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,959) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Underappreciating German lagers. I passed these by for the longest time. After I tried some of them, I really began to appreciate the brewers' craft. I never cease to be amazed at the complexity they can coax out of a few basic ingredients.
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  18. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,451) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia

    Chugging, Improper glassware, Improper temperatures.......
  19. Beersnob724

    Beersnob724 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2016 Ohio

    I still do all of these things on occasion ,............
  20. SLewis

    SLewis Aspirant (247) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina

    Caring too much about what a bunch of strangers on the internet said about a certain beer.
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  21. Dusten2015

    Dusten2015 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2015 Texas

    Being from Delaware and had to defend my state by it's beer...still not really keen on most of DFH's stuff (but some is great!)

    Drinking out of whatever, stouts in wheat glasses at 38f was a bit sad looking back on it...

    not appreciating bourbon barrel stuff for what it was, thinking the alcohol was gross. Taste buds definitely change.

    thinking ipas were god's only gift to beer drinkers... i hardly drink them now aside from fruit bombs.
  22. Linkenbeer

    Linkenbeer Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2016 China

    we are not drink the bottle beer now,always drink cans beer
  23. RCongdon974

    RCongdon974 Initiate (0) May 5, 2016 Nevada

    2 mistakes

    1. Drinking straight out the bottle instead of a glass. Didn't know how important my nose was.
    2. Assumed all beers needed to be consumed ice cold. I missed out on a lot of flavor.
  24. Caj1

    Caj1 Aspirant (235) Jul 2, 2013 Texas

    When I was just starting to learn what I liked and didn't like, I once convinced myself that I didn't like "hoppy beers" and so I missed out on some really good IPAs.

    Also, when I was a college kid and didn't have more than one set of dishes in my dorm, I routinely drank my beers out of a mason jar, whether they were good or bad.
    I shudder to even write it.
  25. Kevin67

    Kevin67 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2015 Arkansas

    Attending shares with whale traders and tickers. Two of my worst beer related experiences.
  26. beerbelly_mike

    beerbelly_mike Initiate (0) May 19, 2016 Illinois

    My biggest mistake was thinking blue moon legit and that I was now a craft beer drinker haha. Also, pouring stouts into shaker pints.

    I promise, I have learned and grown as a craft beer drinker.
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  27. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (299) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    - I used to drink straight from the bomber....hehe
    - not checking dates
    - chugging IIPA's like they were session beers.
    - assuming that all beers from a brewery were amazing just because I liked one brew.
  28. LeRose

    LeRose Poo-Bah (1,726) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Two sides of the same coin for me - getting on the hype train hard for quite some time and trying to understand why I disliked a lot of beers people raved about.

    Walking by other legit brews when they were just hanging on the shelves around here (now more rare then hen's teeth) thinking they were just another over-hyped beer.

    Stockpiling - an affliction that apparently has no cure. Too much beer aging in my house...buy less more frequently should be the mantra, but I can't fight that kid in the candy store thing when I go to a great bottle shop.
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  29. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    In a few years you'll be saying that you regret "thinking whales taste any better than what I can get off the shelf locally."
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  30. LennyOvies

    LennyOvies Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2015 Mexico

    Filling the glass to the rim, too cold porters/stouts, dirty glassware.
  31. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Not when starting out but relatively recently I've learned to read the bottling codes.
  32. twistwrist

    twistwrist Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2013 Georgia

  33. j111

    j111 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2016 Canada (ON)

    -Thinking too much of the ratings
    -Being too militant on glassware
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  34. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 New York

    -buying anything that was bourbon barrel aged and thinking i was getting a world class brew.

    -chasing sought after beers all around NY only to discover they weren't all that.

    -allowing beer store owners to tell me whats good and what's great.most are clueless and just want rid of their shelf turds.
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  35. Caveworm

    Caveworm Savant (931) Feb 26, 2014 Ohio

    Not a mistake per se, but I was a two-pack-a-day smoker. So I have reason to believe that my taste buds at the time were missing out on flavor complexities.
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  36. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Drinking straight from the bottle was a big one for me. Also that time I almost bought a bottle of cantillion but didn't, only to find out months later what it was
  37. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (590) Mar 27, 2007 Minnesota

    I bought Horny Goat Beers
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  38. NotAlcoholicJustAHobby

    NotAlcoholicJustAHobby Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2015 Vermont

    Thinking a bagel for dinner would be enough. It wasn't.
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  39. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (87) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas

    This late in the thread makes this seem like a re-run but:

    Drinking good beer too cold
    Drinking good beer out of the bottle or can
    Buying too much beer at a time
    Drinking too many high abc beers at a time/too fast

    Prolly a few more if I think about it!
  40. zappoman

    zappoman Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 Illinois

    Buying old IPA.
    Buying beer at places that charge 3+ dollars more per beer than the norm.
    Passing up Sweet Repute... The higher price tag scared me at the time.
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