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The One that made you like beer.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TastyAdventure, Jan 28, 2013.

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  1. DaveBlack

    DaveBlack Dec 19, 2009 Virginia

    Blue Moon was my gateway drug.
  2. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    Yes this is the VERY first craft beer that got me start, good folks!

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  3. MisterBisco

    MisterBisco Feb 18, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    I was hooked when I had an Hoegaarden Grand Cru at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugges, Belgium. I loved the beer (and the others I had) so much, I nearly canceled all my travel plans to live and work in a local hostel and work my way through the beer menu there.

    I liked beer before that, don't get me wrong - but I never realized what beer could be until Belgium.

    Funny, I generally shy away from Belgian beers these days. Sigh.
  4. Lurkerson

    Lurkerson Jan 18, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Used to grab the occasional Killian's Irish Red or Yuengling Lager out of my Dad's fridge way back when. Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Victory Hop Devil truly changed the game for me. Funny thing is, more than 15 years later and pops is still happily enjoying those Yuenglings.
  5. HoosierBrew

    HoosierBrew Jan 12, 2013 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Sam Adams got me going. A business trip to Belgium ruined me. Now a larger portion of my paycheck than I care to admit goes to Beer. Cheers.
  6. johngalt12345

    johngalt12345 Feb 19, 2012 Maryland

    I always liked beer - in college we thought Sam Adams and its variants was the good stuff. What really opened my eyes was my first Chimay (red) at a bar in Vegas. I started exploring from there and the rest is history.
  7. diesel59

    diesel59 Jan 3, 2012 New York

    I really took a liking to Molson Golden @ a tender age............ and still drink it every now and then........
  8. BklynTerp

    BklynTerp Oct 14, 2012 New York

    Senior year of high school I took a school trip to Germany, prior to which I was a strictly BMC/Guinness drinker. I don't remember everything I had over there but various hefeweizens, dunkels and others made me realize how good beer could actually be.

    Then from there it was mostly mixing in Sam Adams seasonals (Summer/Oktoberfest mainly) and Germans with BMC for awhile. Early college years saw the introduction of some stuff like Hoegaarden, Magic Hat #9, Sierra Nevada, and the standard Brooklyn Brewery beers. Then last fall I had my first Breakfast Stout and a whole bunch of Goose Islands while in Chicago. Since then I've been hooked trying anything and everything, probably sampled like 75ish beers since I started really getting into it last October or so. Not a bad pace for someone with a limited wallet.
  9. ZiggyPop

    ZiggyPop Jan 8, 2013 Alberta (Canada)

    Sleeman's Honey Brown. Before then, it was all "LET'S STEAL MY DADS BOURBON AND GET DRUNK"
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  10. fox227

    fox227 Nov 19, 2010 California

    Trader Joe's Mission ST. 5.99 sixers were the first non-bmc beers I would buy on a regular basis.
  11. pieman25

    pieman25 Oct 16, 2010 Ontario (Canada)

    that stuff, along with laker honey, were staples before I really started getting into beer - even now if I'm looking for cheap beer for a party (go figure, a college student going to parties) laker honey is usually my go-to. It's not great, but it's not as bad as laker.
  12. MCain04

    MCain04 Jan 3, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I'll second that for Sammy Smith's Oatmeal. Never knew beer could taste like that. Shortly after that had La Fin du Monde, and mind blown a second time. The rest is history, although I'm still getting my mind blown every once in a while :)
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  13. spitshaded

    spitshaded Nov 12, 2012 Virginia

    Flying Dog Old Scratch
  14. millertime416

    millertime416 Feb 14, 2009 Iowa

    Not a big fan anymore, but Boulevard Wheat. During college I thought beer (BMC products) was the most disgusting thing ever, then I tried BW.
  15. MickJ0nes

    MickJ0nes Dec 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  16. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    some unknown ipa in a keg at a frat party my senior year of high school.
  17. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Dec 24, 2012 New York

    my craft beer experience was a gradual process. all i knew was that I hated the BMC piss and I was always interested what else was in the store fridge. my first craft beers were SN pale ale, Guiness, Longboard lager, Dos XX, Lagunitas ipa, #9,blue moon, Sam Adams, but the one that converted me to a more observant craft beer drinker was DFH 90. since then I was on the search for the tastier brews. cheers!
  18. ImageFX

    ImageFX Jan 29, 2013 Florida

    Yep, thought I hated beer too until someone gave me Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout. In about 3 weeks I've had about 20 different Stouts now.
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  19. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    It was newcastle, then downtown brown. Then Stone Old Guardian Kung Fu'd my palate and changed me forever.
  20. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    boulevard wheat for me too.
  21. mecummins

    mecummins Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I was at Octoberfest in Munich about 7 years ago and basically just ordered the beer because it was the thing to do. Up to that point, Guinness and Harp were the only 2 beers I 'd drink (and not very often). Having freshly brewed beer was just a revolation. It had taste and texture and aroma! It took me a few more years to really start to get into craft, but that beer opened my mind to the possibility that beer could actually be a drink just as complex and as tasty as wine.
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  22. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Newcastle for me! I don't buy it at the store anymore, but I do still drink it when I'm at the local bar shooting pool
  23. SometimesIfart

    SometimesIfart Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Dirty Bastard and Latitude 48 IPA
  24. Cramerican

    Cramerican Feb 15, 2012 North Dakota

    Moose Drool while snowboarding in MT!
  25. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Oct 29, 2012 California

    Sam Adams Boston Lager, Fat Tire, and Newcastle. I used to think they were the best beers around.
  26. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    The one that made me LOVE beer: Duvel! And Duvel on tap is even better!
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  27. Neorebel

    Neorebel Jun 29, 2005 New Jersey

  28. strykebr

    strykebr Apr 7, 2011 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted Ale, I initially hated it but ended up ordering another one right after, so balanced.
  29. Neorebel

    Neorebel Jun 29, 2005 New Jersey

    also Duvel & Chimay Cinq Cents
  30. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    How many of you puss puss boys hated beer before it was a fad in 2012? 95%...
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  31. BEERchitect

    BEERchitect Feb 9, 2005 Kentucky

    It wasn't really a single variety of beer, per say, but a style and it came in unexpected fashion. The late 1990's took me to Portland Oregon. The whole time there I visited as many microbreweries as I could and I always got the beer flights. I was able to reasonably drink all of the beers in the flight, except for the IPAs. These I left until last and threw them down like bad whisky. After I left Portland, a few months had passes and guess which of those beers that I ended up craving? You guessed it- the IPAs! With very few of those options available to me back then, I picked up homebrewing to satisfy my taste for IPA and the rest is history.

    But the short answer to the OP's question is Bert Grant's Perfect Porter, but that story isn't all that interesting.
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  32. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    I assumed you would have said something like Oude Geuze Je Sesequa Don Pajquasimilat Mon A Fimil De Queesh Quash, but Porter is good.
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  33. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Jan 11, 2013 New York

    I loved beer even when I was drinking BMC, but my earliest craft experiences included...

    New Amsterdam Ale
    Pete's Wicked Ale
    Anchor Steam Beer
    John Courage
    Theakstons Old Peculier

    I drank loads of Hofbrau before those.
  34. pimpinmidget

    pimpinmidget Mar 20, 2012 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Anchor Steam
    Sam Adams
  35. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    I too hated beer but that dislike was attributed to BMC selections. I was in Vienna Austria for work and a co-worker encouraged me to get a lager that was on draft.....at first I resisted stating "I don't like beer". He convinced me to give it a try and I was hooked. I don't remember what it was called but that got me started on the road to seeking out imports. That eventually led to craft which is where I'm at today.

    Just this last weekend, my father in law was over visiting and he's a big BMC drinker....doesn't care about flavor since his goal is quantity....not quality. I'm not home and he goes to grab a Pliny and my son stops him which of course irritates my FIL. He tells my son "fine, but I don't want any of that Budweiser bullS&%t". My son laughs because I have never had that or any BMC beer at my house. I now have to take steps to "hide" beers I don't want people just grabbing out of the fridge.
  36. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Believe it or not, Busch beer. It was my primary beer. I enjoyed drinking it. I didn't hate BMC. I thought that was what beer was supposed to taste like until I had some real beer. Guinness, Newcastle, SA BL, and SN PA turned me on to better things. My palate has changed and whenever I have some cheap swill I can't believe I drank that stuff on a regular basis.
  37. ChanChan

    ChanChan Dec 12, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Haha! Yeah, they might as well have used a sardine!
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  38. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Jan 4, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    Chimay Blue.

    I used to drink beer for the sake of drinking it, but it was Chimay that began the obsession.
  39. ShanePB

    ShanePB Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    It was Sly Fox Royal Weisse for me.
  40. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I am in the same boat. I hated beer as a result of the Bud Light's and Molson Ice's I was constantly offered at parties.

    A beer that I now have no interest in changed all of that.

    Magic Hat #9
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