What beer got you hooked on craft beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ohiolager, Apr 17, 2014.

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  1. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Initiate (158) Jul 12, 2012 California

    i mean i was drinking anchor steam, harpoon and sierras in mid 90s in college but it wasn't until i had rochfort 10 in brugge and then pliny the younger one day and two bigtime moments happened
  2. Prime16

    Prime16 Initiate (121) Sep 11, 2010 Connecticut

  3. Spiral517

    Spiral517 Initiate (182) Sep 17, 2013 Maryland

    Had a lucifer on draft last year at dinner with my wife on our anniversary. Couldn't believe how good it was. When I got home I started to try and find more online. Started reading about all kinds of beers and trying them. And that was that.
  4. handcrafty

    handcrafty Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2013 Texas

    Two Hearted.
  5. RyanGoodman

    RyanGoodman Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2011 Bolivia

    Franziskaner wheat beer @ a superbowl party. Changed my life forever....
  6. Chinaskifan1

    Chinaskifan1 Aspirant (246) Nov 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    When I was in college (Kutztown) there was a bar called Dr. Roberts. They had $1 import night. This was back in '91/'92. So it wasn't any one beer, but St. Pauly Girl, Becks, etc. that got me hooked.
  7. Crumpetsnbeer

    Crumpetsnbeer Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2012 Maine

    dogfish head 90 min
  8. rronin

    rronin Initiate (179) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Red Seal is frickin' awesome. I love all the North Coast brews.......
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  9. rronin

    rronin Initiate (179) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    From the first time I became a regular beer drinker I was always looking for something different. I'd drink Bud or Coors with my friends if that's what they were drinking, but given the chance I'd always try different beers. I suppose my first craft beer was Pete's Wicked, back in the day, then I moved on to Full Sail Golden Ale (Ahhh, the perfect hot weather brew!) and the Sam Adams seasonals (like their Oktoberfest or Bock) or Sam Adams Scotch Ale. Good times........
  10. denverbeerguy

    denverbeerguy Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 Colorado

    Left Hand Milk stout. It was like magic in my glass.
  11. beersnobraven

    beersnobraven Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2014 Illinois

    For me, it must have been the Flying Dog Raging Bitch. It wasn't until I tried one of those babies did I understand just how great some beer can be.
  12. slackattack

    slackattack Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Spain

    Just getting to the end of this page I know a lot of folks said Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but I'm going to say it again. This along with some Belgians such as chimay and duvel were what pulled me under.
  13. slackattack

    slackattack Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Spain

    I liked your post solely for your avatar I haven't seen til now, I echo your sentiment
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  14. StrappingYoungLad

    StrappingYoungLad Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2013 Indiana

    Holy hell, that's starting on a high note! Still probably my favorite beer ever after two years of full craft addiction. \m/
  15. BigJohnShow

    BigJohnShow Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2014 California

    BJ's Piranha Pale Ale, eventually Stone Arrogant Bastard. Now SN Hoptimum!
  16. Brutus627

    Brutus627 Aspirant (253) Feb 3, 2014 Maine

    siberian night!
  17. pjvie

    pjvie Initiate (186) May 30, 2014 Oregon

    Karl Strauss Red Trolley. I thought it was the necter of the gods. The brewery that drove me deeper though was DFH.
  18. Vogt52

    Vogt52 Initiate (0) May 25, 2014 Maryland

    Probably Sam Adams Boston Lager?
  19. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I loved that beer until they changed it to the red version. The golden Hoptober was really crisp and refreshing.
  20. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,499) Jan 31, 2005 California
    Society Trader

    Not the most auspicious of beginnings but...Moosehead, Guinness, and Heineken.
    Moved on to SNPA, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Spaten Optimator (which we always mispronounced), Pete's Wicked Ale. Hey, it was the late 80's and early 90's. Don't judge me!!! There weren't many choices.:wink:
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  21. borgese

    borgese Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 New York

    Dundee Honey Brown Lager. Definitely not the best stuff on the shelf but it opened my eyes.
  22. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,801) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    No judging at all- it looks like you were ahead of the curve, my man.
  23. ryanflc

    ryanflc Disciple (324) Jul 12, 2014 New Jersey

    Sam Adams Boston Lager taught me beer didn't need to be gross. Chimay Blue taught me that beer could be delicious.
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  24. RavenForBeer

    RavenForBeer Devotee (437) Mar 4, 2014 Georgia

    Sweetwater 420 and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon.
  25. bellbw

    bellbw Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2014 Virginia

    I'm sure I'm not the first one to say this but.....Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  26. MartzMimic

    MartzMimic Devotee (438) Aug 17, 2013 Oklahoma

    Full Sail Amber Ale. Yeah, I know. For a friend's retirement, I tried to find as many of the top beers available and/or made in Oklahoma. Full Sail wasn't on that list, but I grabbed it as a filler. When I saw that I had 13, I culled it for myself. It's nothing special, but certainly better than the macros I was used to. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is what really turned the corner for me.
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  27. skipper80

    skipper80 Initiate (89) Jun 2, 2014 California

    Lagunitas Sucks was my first 7 months ago. Life changer.
  28. KeefD

    KeefD Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2008 Minnesota

  29. slipperysoup

    slipperysoup Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2014 Illinois

    Founders Centennial IPA, and I hated it. Now its always in the fridge.
  30. larryarms847

    larryarms847 Poo-Bah (2,080) Dec 12, 2010 Illinois

    Two Brothers' Domaine DuPage, still great!
  31. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I can't pinpoint a single beer. Grolsch was my first non-BMC beer, and then I tried other imports. I remember Fat Tire in my early drinking days. But the first craft beer I fell in love with was Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout.
  32. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (567) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Mid 80s in NC was darkness in the beer world.
    Loved Harp, Bass Ale, Grolsch (when I could afford it) and snuck some of dad's "import" --Lowenbrau (brewed by Miller then)

    Those foil topped bottles--classic.

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  33. Scott_Anderson_

    Scott_Anderson_ Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2014 Tennessee

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  34. NappyB

    NappyB Devotee (401) Feb 26, 2013 Illinois

    Bell's Oberon. I ordered a Blue Moon and they were out of it and suggested Oberon. What a difference ! Got to love Blonde and Begian styles after that and then Hoppy styles more recently. Abrasive Ale probably my favorite.
  35. papman

    papman Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2014 Ohio

    I was at Pazzos in Lexington KY when I seen a cooler that said "2008 Best Beer in the World. " I figured I needed to try the best beer in the world, which was Delirium Tremens. Down hill from there
  36. Shamus89

    Shamus89 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  37. Manucelly

    Manucelly Initiate (62) Jun 13, 2014 California

    Green Flash Imperial
  38. langdonk1

    langdonk1 Initiate (0) May 16, 2014 South Carolina

    Stone Sublimely self righteous black ipa
  39. BCross

    BCross Initiate (158) Nov 20, 2011 Washington

    Portland Brewing- Oregon Honey Beer. This got me started in the micro beers. Had to have my local grocery store order me cases because I couldnt find it very often.
  40. lilsmizzul1225

    lilsmizzul1225 Devotee (439) Dec 27, 2012 Indiana

    My uncle had been homebrewing for years and he taught me everything I know. Now he's gone an opened up his own brewery in Denver. It's called Living The Dream Brewing Co. (It's on BA now)

    Not trying to sound biased, but the beer is pretty fantastic!
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