What age did you start?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by hopscrazy, Jun 15, 2013.

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  1. hopscrazy

    hopscrazy Devotee (383) Mar 13, 2009 Minnesota

    Alright Friday night party animals, I wanna know, what age did you start drinking craft beer?

    I guess for me it would have been 20 when I was drinking it on a regular basis.

    Happy Friday!!
  2. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2009 New York

    I didnt get going til i was at least 14....Guinness was craft to me then!
  3. draheim

    draheim Grand Pooh-Bah (3,979) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    21 of course.
  4. Patandnik

    Patandnik Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 Florida

    I got fired from my grocery store job when I was 17 for stealing Guinness (this was in 1998, so that was about as 'craft' as I had available), but I always preferred Guinness, Newcastle, Warsteiner, etc. over BMC. Although I did also frequently pound Miller Lite.
  5. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    I drank underage but didn't actually like beer until 23, which is when I tried my first porter on tap.
  6. Madskill

    Madskill Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012 California

    20, my mom would bring me to the liquor store and I would shop around for the beer and the funny thing is she got into the craft with me!
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  7. SpdKilz

    SpdKilz Pooh-Bah (2,053) Jan 8, 2009 Illinois
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    Stereotypical alcoholic lawyer here. Started while in my first year of law school (around 24 years old). Began by picking up a SA Octoberfest (which I am sad to admit I thought was a pumpkin beer at the time). Happy I did though :slight_smile:
  8. DinoFight

    DinoFight Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Arizona

    Started drinking at 19. Was in the military and my first duty station was in Germany where the legal drinking age was 18 at the time. This was back in '92. Might still be that for all I know. Not sure if I consider it craft but the beer there sure did taste much better than the Bud I started drinking when I got back to the States. Craft really wasn't as big back then as it is now so I didn't have my first taste of craft beer, A Stone IPA until 2000. Never looked back since that first sip.
  9. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    16ish and SNPA.
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  10. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    If we're talking craft, honestly probably 21-22.
  11. hellhammermario

    hellhammermario Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 North Carolina

  12. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Grand Pooh-Bah (5,047) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    I remember choking on my first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at 18; picked it back up at 22 and never looked back.
  13. Headyman

    Headyman Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Started homebrewing at 19 which got me into craft, started spending money I don't have at 21... It actually seems like there are some negative feelings against the younger BA's. I always try to warn people for IP trades and meet ups that I am straight out of undergrad ( not even 22), just so they are not surprised.
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  14. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    When I was in college, I started drinking better beer. I had a few friends that helped guide me to imports like Bass and Sam Smith. Within a few years, I was hunting every micro-brew I could find. (it was the early 90's, we didn't call it craft)
  15. loafinaround

    loafinaround Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    do german pils count? If so, probably at age 3? I'm german... it's in our blood. First (and only) hangover = age 12.... in Germany, of course.
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  16. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia

    American Craft beer: 19, when I moved back to the States after living in Europe for 4 years, (1 year in Germany (Stuttgart) and three years in Belgium, (Mons) where I learned to drink beer). My American Craft gateway beers were Sam Adams Boston Ale and Lager, and Pete's Wicked Ale. Never, ever got into the BMC, thank god.
  17. billyshears

    billyshears Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2008 Connecticut

    23 or so. i hated beer until i had my first ipa
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  18. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    At 23 I was introduced to a rogue yellow snow ipa; this changed my life
  19. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois

    If Rock Bottom is considered craft I would say 22, but I probably wasn't really into craft until 25 or 26.
  20. assman79

    assman79 Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Wisconsin

    Boston lager around 19. BMC before that.
  21. Dracarys

    Dracarys Initiate (0) May 28, 2013 Alabama

    My dad used to buy a sixer of SA or Guinness, have one or two, then not drink again for 5-6 months and end up throwing the rest away. I started "sneaking" bottles around 15.

    Now every time he comes to my apartment a bottle of one of my stouts disappears.
  22. Lurkerson

    Lurkerson Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'm gettin up there, but for me it was Sierra and Sammy Smiths in the late 90's on Phish tour. Took it for granted.
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  23. dianimal

    dianimal Pundit (960) Apr 18, 2012 California

    December 2011... I was 43.
  24. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

  25. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Pooh-Bah (1,643) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    17 and Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter.
  26. anticipation23

    anticipation23 Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Wisconsin

    Being able to grow a full beard really helps when you're 17 and have a hankering for some Duvel :slight_smile:
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  27. Tomhet

    Tomhet Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2010 Illinois

    Around 16 with SNPA and various shelf beers. Started becoming a full-fledged "advocate" around 19 going to tastings among friends and whatnot. Turning 21 a few months ago has certainly helped things quite a bit.
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  28. MarioM

    MarioM Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2009 California

    Rogue's Shakespeare Stout at 18 wuz my first.... So complex and delicious for my young and naive self... Enjoyed every ounce and knew I was on to something that would take a lifetime to figure out... Beer :slight_smile:
  29. cyrushire

    cyrushire Initiate (0) May 25, 2012 Florida

    17, moose drool.

    Edit: I miss Missoula, Montana :slight_frown:
  30. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    First beer at 6. Began regular pub drinking at 16.In those days under-age drinking (though legal if eating a meal in the pub) was not only tolerated it was expected.The local policeman was well aware of what we were doing but when he came by we hid our beer under our hats.Happy days and beer cost about one fortieth of what it does today.
  31. Jayeblue24

    Jayeblue24 Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Idaho

    I was about 26 lol I was a whiskey guy...then my friends brought over sum SNPA among others. I started trying new things after that.....always been a hop head:wink:
  32. kona650

    kona650 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2011 California

    I was about 25 I was working at a bar and the micro beers (now called craft beers) were are the rage back in those days!!!
  33. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2013 District of Columbia


    First beer I ever finished was a Young's Double Chocolate Stout on the night of my 21st. I had sipped a few things like Yeungling before but had hated them. I was mostly a wine person at that point. Cokctails came later. Fortunately for me, my best friend was already a beer snob and refused to let me start with shit. He bought my first beer then we went to London and Brussels and I've never looked back. I've never had anything from Miller to this day.
  34. Busker

    Busker Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2008 Connecticut

    the first craft beer I remember is Pete's Wicked, but the beer that started me on this path was Anchors Old Foghorn...still have to buy it when I see it
  35. jdklks

    jdklks Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    I had my first Sierra Nevada pale ale in 6th grade. What would that make me? 12? I started drinking seriously a little before I turned 19 and I had tried over 400 craft beers by the time I was 20 and joined this site. I happily skipped the bmc stage.
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  36. leftymgp

    leftymgp Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 Texas

    I think around 21 when I could actually go to bars I started trying out craft options. Me and a buddy would often go to the local craft beer bar, but as poor college students we couldn't afford to make a night of it there. For that reason it wasn't really until I got out of college and got a real job that I finally transitioned off the cheap stuff.
  37. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Pundit (875) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia

    Started at age 6 or 7 stealing sips of dad's Stroh's beer....oh you said CRAFT beer. I guess that have to be age 47, my son gave me a bottle of Arrogant Bastard and I haven't been the same since:wink:
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  38. LukeH

    LukeH Initiate (0) May 5, 2013 Minnesota

  39. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado

    21 sam adams mixed 6
  40. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    1995 was my break thru year for micro beers
    Had tried many macros before that point..
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