What beer got you into craft beer?

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  1. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,423) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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  2. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    British and Belgian ales, London and Amsterdam 1971. Home brew 1970s. Sierra Nevada and Anchor early 1980s. And of course, Petes.
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  3. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    My first step into Beer was brought to you by De Landtsheer's Malheur 12. That was the first moment when I realized a 12% brew could be both flavorful and devilishly drinkable for it's high ABV. I still love that brew even though I haven't seen it in a few years.
  4. borto1ms

    borto1ms Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2013 Michigan

    I had always thought "what a weird name for a beer, Two-Hearted" as I downed Coors Light after Coors Light. Then I decided to give it a go at BW-3's. That is still to this day one of my top 5 all-time favorites.
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  5. gmoneyproductions

    gmoneyproductions Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2015 Colorado

    for me it was New Belgium Sunshine Wheat in the bomber bottle in 1992 they only made bombers way back then in the dark ages......yeah i am old as dirt
    the other one around that same time was Pete's Wicked Winter ale
  6. Seanem44

    Seanem44 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2014 Virginia

    Really I can't remember at this point. Perhaps it was vacation in Ireland and trying Guinness from the source. Not really "craft" but it did open my eyes to more. Then, being around Maryland, Flying dog is easy to come by. I think I just bought some bottles not knowing what it was. Honestly though, I'm drawing blanks for the absolute first and reason.
  7. SCbrewpubfan

    SCbrewpubfan Initiate (101) May 27, 2010 South Carolina

    Corsendonk Pater was the first beer I really remember blowing me away. Never thought a beer could taste like raisins, and that I would like it. That was in the late 90's. Highland Gaelic Ale was also an eye opener.
  8. Dexterski

    Dexterski Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Blue Meth by Walter White. Really got me hooked.
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  9. Badfish

    Badfish Initiate (73) Sep 6, 2013 Tennessee

    Sierra Nevada Porter and Sweetwater 420 changed my world.
  10. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stone AB circa 1999
  11. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,573) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
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    Sam Adams
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  12. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (358) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Harpoon IPA.
  13. Srqdavid

    Srqdavid Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2015 Florida

    I'm a new craft beer enthusiast who only used to drink budlight and get drunk on the weekends but now I'm a drunk who gets drunk on craft beers. What first got me into craft beer was Not Your Father's Root beer, I was amazed at what craft brewery's were starting to do and how much easier it was to get a real beer.
  14. mfowler314

    mfowler314 Initiate (94) Aug 12, 2015 New York

    It was Pete's Wicked Ale for me, too. Back around 1992 or so. A friend (can't remember who) told me I should try it and I tracked down a place that had it but was not that convenient. But I'd go get a six pack every couple weeks. Took me quite awhile before discovering any other brands...
  15. nuggetlover

    nuggetlover Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Troeg's Nugget Nectar
  16. molson5190

    molson5190 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2014 Minnesota

    Surly Furious
  17. Bonkinishwa

    Bonkinishwa Disciple (336) Oct 3, 2015 Kentucky

    It would have to be Not Your Father's Root Beer and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. I didn't want to end up like everyone else around my area that drinks nothing but Bud Light.
  18. Kubishark

    Kubishark Devotee (428) Jun 26, 2015 Maryland

    Not to brag about my age or anything, but being young right now has meant that I've never really lived in a world without craft beer being common. Some of my very first beers ever were from Flying Dog and Devil's Backbone, so I'd have to say that those two breweries get the credit for keeping me oriented towards good beer rather than taking the dark path towards something lite.
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  19. KCUnited

    KCUnited Aspirant (210) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois

    Boulevard Pale Ale
  20. sittinggc

    sittinggc Aspirant (226) Mar 2, 2015 California

  21. lordofthemark

    lordofthemark Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2015 Virginia

    Got me into as in made clear for me beer could be good, or got me into it as a hobby?

    The former was, I think, Sam Adams Boston Lager. Around 1986 I guess. I had tried Guiness, but it was more SABL that convinced me that I could enjoy beer.

    But I remained mostly a wine drinker. It was the escalating price of decent wines, and the discovery of my local craft beer scene, that made me a (craft) beer fan.
  22. SmittyinUpstate

    SmittyinUpstate Initiate (51) Aug 27, 2015 Arizona

    I'm another from the 90's with Sam Adams and Pete's Wicked.
  23. stevoj

    stevoj Poo-Bah (10,068) Nov 22, 2011 Idaho

    I was living in Battle Creek when Arcadia started up. I used to go for pints quite a bit.
  24. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, and Blue Moon.
  25. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,557) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Beers from Goose Island and Pete's Wicked were my go-to brews in the '90s.
  26. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California

    Spring of 1996: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
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  27. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    1. Hop Devil
    2. Golden Monkey
    3. Various Sierra Nevada brews
  28. beersnobraven

    beersnobraven Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2014 Illinois

    For me, probably Flying Dog Raging Bitch.
  29. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (4,388) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    Orval Trappist Ale. I'd had craft beer before but Orval was mind-blowing.
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  30. Angerhaus

    Angerhaus Crusader (736) Oct 1, 2015 Rhode Island

    Lagunitas WTF
  31. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

    Franziskaner hefe weissbier
  32. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    My first six was Lowenbrau and it tasted good, beer of extravagance was Dinkel Acker Dark and I still drank on a budget many years ago.....as did we all. Had one of the SA Boston Lager when first came out.
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  33. ZachDow7

    ZachDow7 Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2014 Michigan

    Troegs Mad Elf, one of my roommate's at Penn State would bring a case every december after thanksgiving break from the original brewery in Harrisburgh. He treated it like it was the holy grail, one night he gave me a bottle and although it was wildly potent, it immediately opened my eyes to what beer could be. Cheers!
  34. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,559) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Samuel Adams Winter Lager, the old 6.94% ABV recipe.
  35. Marksy

    Marksy Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2014 Illinois

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and New Belgium Fat Tire.
    1 for $3/2 for $5, brah.
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  36. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (229) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Good one. Back in the day it was Pete's, Anchor and Gordon Biersch 'round these parts. Another one that seemed cool (and is long gone) was Saint Stan's out of Modesto, I think.
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  37. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Anchor Steam in 1976 !
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  38. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I can't say there was one particular beer that got me into craft but I would say that Guinness Extra Stout got me into good beer. I eventually tried Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Redhook ESB, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and neither really led me to craft beer. It was more of working in the business and seeing all the different craft beers that led to me expand and explore more craft beers.
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  39. hunninghake

    hunninghake Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2005 Colorado

    Chimay Blue...bless those little Monks
  40. thepenguin

    thepenguin Devotee (449) Aug 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Finest Kind, SNPA, Duvel, over the span of a couple days
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