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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beer_pilgrim, Dec 17, 2015.
probably gulden draak honestly, but I really don't remember
Redhook ESB ... still keep at least 12 or so on hand...and that was some 12 years ago
Sierra nevada torpedo...and I still go back to it like a lost friend several times a week!
The beer in my avatar - O'Dell Mountain Standard. Had some 6mo out of season and loved it. Tried to find it, and discovered that some beers are seasonal, which intrigued me. I started exploring craft breweries on the web, found out when it was to come out in the fall, tracked it down - and in the process finding all of the local bottle shops. Finally found it, got a 4-pack, took it home... and hated it because it was too bitter. I thought they had changed the recipe but the expert at the bottle shop explained that when I initially had it, the 6mo aging had taken the bitter edge off. That led to me seeking less bitter beers, and now I am into stouts but building my tolerance for occasional slightly bitter beers.
Yup- I remember those days, and God bless Merchant du Vin for all of those tasty beers that made things interesting! He was an importer, primarily, but Charles Finkel deserves to be mentioned with the likes of MJ, Fritz and Bert Grant.
Unibroue trios pistoles started it all.....but then stumbbled upon founders breakfast stout. All before I even knew there was beer rating website.
That's like losing your virginity to Scarlett Johansen
La Fin du Monde
SA..20 yrs ago..Boston Lager,Cream Stout,Scotch Ale,Honey Porter,Boston Ale..been all uphill since
Legend Brown Ale led me to Eddy Fitz. There was no going back
I kinda went through a minor beer thing a few years ago. But after a few headaches that I perhaps mistakenly associated with Delirium Tremens (the beer) and a terrible experience drinking the execrable Brother David's Triple (check the reviews), I gave it up.
This past summer was hot and I think I grabbed a Trumer or something at a party. It was...tremendously refreshing. So I started exploring pils and lagers and went from there. Additionally, and this was just as important, we went to this Michelin star restaurant in Oakland called Commis. I got the wine flight with my food and one of the dishes was actually accompanied by a beer, which tasted like nothing I had experienced before. I don't recall what I was anymore, but in retrospect it must have been a saison or the like. I got very excited.
Bells Amber and Two Hearted.
Sam Adams -> Shiner Bock -> Josef Sailor Jubel -> Chimay GR./Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale.
Early ninties http://i.imgur.com/MHfwvW9.jpg
dogfish 90 minute and 120 minute plus my cousin bought me a make your own 6 pack for my 21st with some left hand fate to black and other things in it
Not really a beer, it was a book about beer which got my interest started.
My first craft beer was Aguamala's Mantarraya, an oatmeal stout.
I have always drank craft beer. There was always bud light and various Boulevard products, mainly wheat, in the fridge. Every friday my two roommates and I would go to the bottle shop and mix a six. Essential we were playing roulette with the beer choices, because we had no idea what these beers were. The "craft" beer in my life was born from something fun to do on Friday nights and I guess you could call it ignorance.
For years I considered myself to be a "beer snob" when in reality I was just a huge fan of IPAs/DIPAs, it wasn't until D-Day this year that I really started to get in to craft brew...Not sure it was the beer per say, actually, I find Darkness to be decent at best...but it was the beer community. It was a complete shock to see people with these crazy bottles just out in the open willing to share...that really made me want to get in deeper in to the scen, still a rookie but I am loving the training!
Pete's Wicked Ale (Malty Brown Ale) in 1992. Though the sips of (then disgusting, to my unrefined palate) of Frankenmuth Dark certainly helped clear the way, starting in 1989.
Can't tell I'm from Wisconsin at all... Spotted Cow and Sprecher Special Amber
Growing up in Schuylkill Co., PA there was only Yuengling.
Pete's Wicked Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Porter, and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, and Sam Adams (my first love).
My trail started with Pete's, Henry Weinhard and maybe Smithwicks and then at a party I had a SNPA and I've been chasing the dragon ever since
Very similar to me, except I was down for hash bash in Ann Arbor and some friends of mine turned me on to it. Must have been 1995 or so? I had it in 22ozers with crooked labels for $5, which was a lot then. Back then I think the taste vasried from batch to batch. Also tons of sediment on the bottom. (....not that there is anything wrong with that...)
I was at a local restaurant and brewery, I tried their house IPA titled "Big Red". Assertively hoppy, piny, boasting a bold citrus hop flavor and aroma. Reminiscent of grapefruit.
Before that, I didn't drink beer for the taste. Like many of us started, I drank mass production corn and rice lager.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Blue Moon and Sam Adams
Weihenstephaner Hefe or SN Pale Ale if talking about US brews.
Michelob Dark and San Miquel Dark in the 80's
Bell's Black Note at the Porter Beer Bar in Little 5 Points in Atlanta, GA then I realized beer could have flavor!
Pete's Wicked Ale, Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve, and Widmer Hefeweizen, all in the late 90's. Actually, I should say they got me into beer period, since I started drinking those when I turned 21 - I never had a lager phase. A couple of years later I really got into bottle-conditioned Bridgeport IPA (~1999-2000), and I basically only drank that for 2 years. There wasn't a huge IPA selection back then.
Stone's Arrogant Bastard
I used to live down the street from a Thirsty Dog brewpub in Centerville, OH. Before Thirsty Dog closed the all/they burned down. Can't point to any one offering that converted me, but the lineup as a whole let me know there was this thing called "craft beer."
Trying my first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was a revelation. But I didn't really get into craft until I went to the Bahamas, had a Kalik, decided that I would start collecting beer bottle caps and inevitably got into craft beers since there were so many of them I could drink and collect their beer bottle caps. And then I got hooked on the beer itself and the cap collection took a back seat. I still collect them (I have around 500 since I started back in 2011).
Probably the 80's, Anchor Steam when I could find and afford it. Later on it was Sam Adams..