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The One that made you like beer.

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

  1. TheBeerDad

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    Guinness, New Castle, Heineken were my go to beers before craft. First craft Founders Dirty Bastard.
     
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    Hey. Sips of Budweiser from my Granddaddy's can! I was 6 years old. Cherished memories, yes. Thanks.
     
  3. NickyDee21

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    Guinness is what opened my eyes
     
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    SN Pale Ale
     
  5. PghBeerAlien

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    Up until about three years ago I could count on one hand the number of beers I drank in my entire life (I'm 48 now.) Then I had a Guinness.
     
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    Bell's Oberon. A Michigan summer day now isn't complete without one.
     
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    Shit, Bud unfortunatly....CHEERS
     
  8. TychoNDC

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    I had been a relatively mundane beer drinker, interested but generally unenthusiastic and unenlightened. Then I tried Founders Dirty Bastard on tap one night. I could barely drink it, but it totally opened my eyes to what beer could be.

    After that, I had to try more beers. The one which I think really got me hooked was Unibroue La Fin du Monde. Even though I drink more stouts/IPAs these days, I still have a soft spot for La Fin du Monde.
     
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    Double Diamond back in the day!
     
  10. BigBarley

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    Saint Arnold's Lawnmower was the first craft beer I had, and it got the ball rolling. But the first time I really saw the potential of craft beer was Unibroue 'Le Terrible'... that beer terrified and delighted my pallet, and pretty much opened my mind to the unlimited range of flavor and feeling beer has.
     
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    Bourbon County Coffee Stout (2010). My friend worked at a liquor store and I would stop in periodically. The BCS coffee sat on the shelf for almost a full year after it released. I couldn't see how any beer could be worth $15 a bomber... until one day I bought one. That was it for me...
     
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  12. Gassygunslinger

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    Sam Adams Octoberfest. At the time it seemed really flavorful with a bit of a sharp zip to it. Of course now it seems really mellow and rounded, but hey, tastes change.

    The bigger eye-opener though, was when I had Dark Island. At the time I didn't really drink stouts. I didn't know what to expect, since I heard people describing stuff like Guinness to be like drinking sludgey molasses (which tickles me now, since it tastes watery and flavorless to me now). But then I took a sip and went, "... Oh...."
     
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    Drank all BMC for most of college but 1st craft beer that started it for me was Duck Rabbit Milk Stout.
     
  14. ColinStClaire

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    When I was young, I remember liking my dads black butte porter and Pyramid Apricot ale, then when I started drinking I loved blue moon, and then Oakshire The Perfect Storm was where I "got" it.
     
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    I had Redhook ESB when I was in high school and it was the first beer i truly enjoyed. I drank a lot of crap beer before that and thought I liked beer, but it wasn't until I tried the Redhook that realized there was a lot more to beer than the big 3.​
     
  16. Zhiguli

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    how the hell am i supposed to remember this?! you guys dont drink enough
     
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    I went to a beer festival in Estes Park, CO back in '99 and had a coffee stout that was awesome. I dont know who made it, but at that point, I realized beer was more than Icehouse. I soon started consuming Fat Tire in large quantities and the rest is history, as they say.
     
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    Sierra Nevada pale got me in, Arrogant Bastard got me hooked
     
  19. strohme2

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    Probably Newcastle and SA Cherry Wheat.
     
  20. chadillac3

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    Shiner Bock to Newcastle to Founders Porter.

    Had Founders Porter and FBS for the first time on the same night. Been hooked ever since.
     
  21. DerekCarruth

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    Tough question. Fell in love with beer when I was just a kid. Probably something my dad drank (Molson, Michelob, something like that). Went to school and most fraternity parties consisted of the cheapest, lightest beer you can get (Milwaukees Best Light, Natty Lite, something like that). Loved beer then, a lot. After school, started stepping up and trying good beer, beer that was more than $10-$12 a 12-pack). Tried Sweetwater 420 and decided there really are GOOD beers out there and it's just gotten better and more expensive from there.

    Still like the cheap stuff, on the beach, or somewhere I don't need the heavier stuff. Other than that it's some IPA or double IPA. I will never, ever not drink a beer if it's given to me. Can't do it. Won't leave a restaurant or bar until my beer, and everyone else's is gone.

    So back to the question: Michelob
     
  22. ImJ2x

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    Racer 5 started the conversation. PtE sealed the deal.
     
  23. JimSmetana

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    Pilsner Urquel. My Grandfather (Czech) said it was "Mothers Milk" That was it right there.
     
  24. mixed_master7

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    I never really disliked beer, but the first one that actually opened my eyes and made me realize that there was more out there than Macro, would have to be a Bluepoint Rastafarye followed by a Torpedo. Absolutely loved the Bluepoint tap handle(same dude as label) so I had to try it.
     
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    Russian River Damnation (circa 2005 at the old Liar's Club location in Mission Beach). Made me realize that beer could be so much more. Miss the Liar's Club.
     
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    Leinnes Berryweiss
     
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    Never too late to start- I hope you saved up your $$$ in the meantime, you're gonna need it!;)
     
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    Maybe unbelievable, but it was Heineken, 0.33 l can, around the year 2001. I think back then, it was imported from Holland.
     
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    Yuengling Traditional Lager was the first beer I really liked. Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale is what opened me up to craft beer.
     
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    Sam Adams Octoberfest. Late 90's to early 00's. I thought the Boston Lager was too bitter back then.
     
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    I knew I liked beer when I had my first Moosehead, but I think it was actually Boulevard Wheat or Leffe Blonde that drew me into craft.
     
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    Amber Bock was probably the first beer I really liked. My first introduction to craft beer was Sweetwater 420. I then started trying a lot of imports and Sam Adams. It probably wasn't until about a year ago that I started trying American crafts. The first one might have been Lagunitas IPA which a friend ordered for me to try.
     
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    Dogfish Head World Wide Stout...

    Just kidding...Left Hand Milk Stout.
     
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    Sam Adam's really got me on the craft beer kick. Than I realized Three Floyd's was in Munster. First it was Gumballhead, and the rest is history.
     
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    Well I've always loved beer... but some of the ones that got me into better quality beers were:

    Guinness
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    Shiner Bock
    Fat Tire
     
  37. mouseman007

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    Dogfish 60 minute...buddy bought a 6 pk and brought it over and he hated it and I proceeded to have a few then killed the 6er in the next couple days and after that all I wanted was more craft beer.
     
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    Yuengling Lager as a freshman at Penn State...opened lots of doors, I think Victory came along shortly after that!
     
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    Never drank beer until I was legal. Didn't like it either (although I kept drinking on weekends in college) until I had a Stroh's Beer, c 1988. No idea why, it might have been the night for my switch to go on, but when it did I had a Stroh's in my hand.
     
  40. CopperMtnPlowboy

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    Now, THAT'S funny stuff right there...
     
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