Even though the first beer I bought on my own, in a store, with a valid ID, was Anchor Steam, I still consider my "gateway" craft beer to be Racer 5. I first tried it about 5 years ago. I wasn't super-snobby about it, I just thought, "wow, there's a lot going on here!" I started seeking it out at pubs, etc., etc. Fast forward to a couple of nights ago. I'm at a sports bar for a Giants game, and the best tap option by far is Racer 5, which I probably haven't drunk in a couple of years. And it was good. Not just sentimentally good, or by comparison to the rest of what was on tap, but flavorful, balanced, and satisfying. After several months of almost exclusively IIPAs and strong ales, I was really f'n pleased to drink it. I could also sip several throughout the ballgame without forgetting my own name. Overall, it made me really happy that Racer 5 had been my "first." Similar stories?