The first beer that you loved

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  1. Buck89

    Buck89 Poo-Bah (3,148) Feb 7, 2015 Tennessee
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    Might be TMI:
    Stroh's in the mid-'80s (high school, and it was "fire-brewed" after all)
    Sam Adams Boston Lager in the late-'80s
    SNPA in the early '90's
     
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  2. deleted_user_1111368

    deleted_user_1111368 Meyvn (1,115) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware
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    Being a little older, I am going to go with 2 stages:

    Young adult - Coors Light. It relieved me from the AB, all day hangover/headaches.

    Older adult - Young's Double Chocolate Stout. This is the only beer, that half-way through I stood up, smiled.. and said "THIS IS IT!"
     
  3. JohnnieB71

    JohnnieB71 Initiate (75) May 7, 2016 New York

    For me it was Samuel Adams Boston Lager in the 80's.It was the first craft beer I ever had and I remember learning that day, that beer was something to enjoy.
     
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  4. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,322) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia
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    As I delved into the craft scene about 2 1/2 years ago, my first favorite was Foothills Hoppyum...
     
  5. Wetpaperbag

    Wetpaperbag Crusader (795) Aug 14, 2007 Washington

    This is tough because I've throughly enjoyed a number of beers over the years that I would call my 'go to' brew. But the first one that I really enjoyed and went back to each time it was available was Winternacht by Widmer. I started drinking it back in college and wish they still had it available, it was a tasty brew.
     
  6. BenwayPHD

    BenwayPHD Aspirant (297) Sep 4, 2014 California

    When I was 17, I went to a college party with my older brother. Up to this point in my life, I had only ever had the typical AAL beers. My brother bought me a 12 pack of Sam Adams Boston Lager, and I couldn't believe how good it was. For the next year, whenever I wanted to pick up something fancy, Boston Laget was my choice. It is no longer one of my favorite beers, but it will always have a special place in my heart for introducing me to beer with flavor.
     
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  7. Mitchellm

    Mitchellm Initiate (79) Jun 5, 2016 California
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    as a teen i really liked killians red as much for the malty taste as the cheap price. but my 1st favorite beer as an adult has to be Samuel Smiths winter welcome ale, and it remains a staple in my weekly beer diet. even tho it changes a little bit every year and seems to have gotten a little sweeter over the years. It has been a part of my life for nearly 25 years and will remain so. Cheers [​IMG]
     
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  8. hophead7117

    hophead7117 Initiate (150) Jul 18, 2015 Massachusetts

    SNPA was one that really stood out years ago. Also, DFH 90 min was an instant favorite the first time I had it.
     
  9. Jraiona

    Jraiona Initiate (137) Mar 7, 2016 Kentucky

    The very first beer I ever had was Piels. That and Miller was what my dad drank (and I swiped when he wasn't looking). The first craft beer I had, though I wasn't familiar with the term at the time, was Sam Adams and it is still a favorite to this day.
     
  10. shadyside

    shadyside Disciple (363) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

  11. monkeybeerbelly

    monkeybeerbelly Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 New York

    franziskaner hefeweizen.

    i thought it was the best beer in the world.

    still enjoy it, but its not quite in the list of best beers in the world
     
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  12. ChrisSchlosser

    ChrisSchlosser Disciple (335) Nov 15, 2013 Ohio

    Fat Head's Bumbleberry. First time I knew that I liked craft beer. Wish I would have discovered it sooner.
     
  13. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,481) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    BJ's Tatonka Stout, on draft (nitro?) at the brewpub across the street from my apartment. It was my go-to when I first got into craft beer in 2000.
     
  14. Riff

    Riff Champion (875) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Younger adult was Yuengling, which I'll still have on occasion.

    First beer that really got me into craft was Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
     
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  15. Brewcrazy

    Brewcrazy Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Pennsylvania

    The first beer I actually enjoyed was by Triumph Brewery. It was their flagship Amber Ale...the rest is history:slight_smile:
     
  16. cducap

    cducap Aspirant (209) Mar 27, 2011 Indiana
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    Red Hook ESB in the early 90's.
     
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  17. greshdoghophead

    greshdoghophead Initiate (179) Feb 25, 2009 Ohio

    Deschutes Black Butte Porter out west. McEwan's Scotch ale in Ohio. Circa 1999
     
  18. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (470) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I'd say the first one I really loved and blew my mind was Maudite from Unibroue- the malt/yeast combo is still amazing and I love how unique this one is. I dropped two of these on my porch a while back ago and nearly cried....
     
  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,401) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Ballantine XXX
     
  20. jdoncbus

    jdoncbus Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2006 Ohio

    I recall loving Mackeson Triple Stout back in the '90s, as well as Guiness & Pete's Wicked Ale. But the beers that made me crazy for hoppy beers were Goose Island IPA and Lagunitas Maximus.
     
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  21. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,176) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Pete's Wicked Ale was one of my early craft favorites back in the early 90s along with Goose Island Honkers Ale.
     
  22. ablemedic49

    ablemedic49 Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    Hah, sounds similar to my first experiences. Except I was in high school when I had my first beers. Man I thought I was so cool drinking Keystones and Natty light. I joined the Army right out of highschool though, and thats where my experience really went next level. My first duty station was Fort Lewis, so close to Seattle and Portland. I got turned onto all kinda of delicious beers. The first one I remember liking was Fat Tire. A lot of the higher gravity and hoppier beers I tried I didn't quite enjoy yet though. My wife is actually the one who turned me onto Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. At first I didn't like it but it really grew on me. I love the complexity of flavors in really happy beers now. But I'm not a maniac for hoppy beers though, I still appreciate lagers and stouts etc.

    Cheers,

    Logan
     
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  23. Golfer3Aces

    Golfer3Aces Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 Wyoming

    Arrogant Bastard was probably the one that I couldn't get enough of. It was easy to get, fairly cheap for a bomber. It really showed me what the possibilities of beer could be. I got a second love for Abrasive Ale, that stuff give me beer wood.
     
  24. FightinIrish88

    FightinIrish88 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Victory Headwaters
     
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  25. mrchrisray

    mrchrisray Disciple (355) May 14, 2013 Ohio

    Grant's Perfect Porter.
     
  26. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Meyvn (1,339) Jul 30, 2014 Missouri
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    Sam Adams Oktoberfest
     
  27. rfgetz

    rfgetz Poo-Bah (2,676) Nov 14, 2008 New Jersey
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    Founders Breakfast Stout... and i still love it to this day.
     
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  28. NizzleEGizzle

    NizzleEGizzle Disciple (352) Feb 25, 2015 New York
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    Good thread OP.

    I knew that I liked IPAs, and would go to my local shop and trust the owner to pick out a mixed six for me -- learning what beers I liked by trial and error.

    Sculpin and Flower Power were the two that really stuck with me. Their juiciness was what defined beer for me for a year at least -- always seeking out the hoppiest option.
     
  29. NizzleEGizzle

    NizzleEGizzle Disciple (352) Feb 25, 2015 New York
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    This was definitely my stout awakening.
     
  30. MilaMila

    MilaMila Aspirant (209) Dec 11, 2015 Massachusetts

    DogFish 60minute. This beer started my exploring craft beer habits!
     
  31. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    First beer I loved was Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.
     
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  32. twizzard

    twizzard Defender (655) May 11, 2013 New York
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    My first beer ever..With my dad, grandfather & great uncle..I was in 7th grade.......after a day of fishing in Henderson harbor on Lake Ontario we moored in a little cove for a shore dinner of fresh caught bass & perch. May dad gave me my first beer, a Shlitz....And I drank it like a grown up with the 3 men I admired most. You can never go back.....
     
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  33. beerluvr

    beerluvr Meyvn (1,222) Jan 2, 2001 Canada (ON)

    Molson Golden Ale. This was in the late 70's mind you. :grinning:
     
  34. chrisjws

    chrisjws Champion (873) Dec 3, 2014 California
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    Guinness. I didn't like the bland water beers that AB makes. Say what you will about Guinness, but it's a hell of a lot more flavorful than that shit.

    I still like a pint now and then, but nowhere near as much as I did in college.
     
  35. trc180

    trc180 Initiate (31) Dec 1, 2003 Kentucky

    Watney's Cream Stout, an English beer ....which is not brewed anymore, I understand.

    I had it in Massachsetts (maybe in 1991), while staying at a B&B with my wife while we were visiting her aunt.

    The beer was a real eye opener, in that it showed me that beer could be something more than Macro lager.

    I drank it almost exclusively for a year or so, but then moved on to other craft beers available in central Illinois, circa 1993, e. g., SNPA, Samuel Smith ales, and Guinness in a can (with its vaunted nitro widget...... woohoo!!! ).
     
  36. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,322) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Molson Golden, back in the '70's. Another was John Courage. I remember ordering a case of it in college from the local distributor and picking it up right after my last final exam.
     
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  37. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,266) Aug 13, 2010 Indiana

    Founders Breakfast Stout. Such amazing coffee and chocolatey goodness for a 21 year old college kid.
     
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  38. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,084) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    The two beers that I credit for really getting me into craft beer and that I still think incredibly fond of are:

    - Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch
    - Boulevard's Imperial Stout X Coffee Ale

    While I've had numerous beers since then that would crush the above two in ratings, those were the first two beers that gave me a sense of what an imperial stout, and beer in general, could really taste and feel like. Plus, the coffee notes in both were absolutely delightful - and that's what I wanted out of my beer. They were also the first beers I specifically paired with food, which heightened the experience. The meals were the same for the two of them, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and local, thick cut bacon. The only difference being the beer and the flavor of bacon I used (if I recall one was a "sweet and sassy", and the other was "jalapeno" cured bacon). So delightful. I want them to bring that Boulevard back.
     
  39. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,670) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    That was my go-to cask beer (my first) at a pub I frequented in Camberwell about 15 years ago. Upon returning to the states I cracked open my first Speckled Hen bottle and was sorely disappointed.
     
  40. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,670) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    First beer I seemingly loved was Killian's Red. From there it was a short hop to Guinness, where I remained for a few years.
     
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