What beer got you into craft beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, May 20, 2022.

  1. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,093) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    Another vote for Sam Adam's.
    That was the beer that made me realize that beer did to have to be AALs and an occasional Guiness. Cheers.
  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Pooh-Bah (1,877) Mar 19, 2012 California
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    I forgot to mention Watney's! When I back from Europe in 1986, I drank Watney's for 3-4 years. Loved that stuff. Yeah, it doesn't compare to today's options, but I would love to have another Watney's.
  3. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Pooh-Bah (1,877) Mar 19, 2012 California
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    LOL. It was a good party. I had to drive one of our friend's home who had a little too much. We weren't used to the ABV for sure!
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  4. Smithisbatman

    Smithisbatman Initiate (0) May 21, 2022

    Pelican Bay brewery Kiwanda cream ale. I stopped by this brewhouse right on the Oregon Coast and started out with this beer and I have been hooked ever since
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  5. JohnniEMc

    JohnniEMc Pooh-Bah (1,764) Sep 5, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    It goes back to the mid '70's for me. My brother went on an exchange program in college to England. He spent our parents' beer allowance on a case of Bass Ale. I was enraged. "Try one, you just might like it", he confidently replied. As much as I hated to admit it, he was right. I was drinking IPAs in 1975, when I couldn't find an American brewer that was making one.
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  6. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Grand Pooh-Bah (5,669) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Sam Adams' Imperial Stout, Imperial White, and Double Bock, back in the spring of 2010...
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  7. Kendo

    Kendo Pooh-Bah (1,984) Dec 23, 2005 New York

    I once had 3 imperial pints of Old Rasputin before seeing Phil Lesh & Friends; at least, my friends told me I saw Phil Lesh & Friends.
  8. Teddbeer

    Teddbeer Aspirant (216) Mar 21, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yeah. I don't remember which one,but something from Stoudts for sure.
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  9. Kendo

    Kendo Pooh-Bah (1,984) Dec 23, 2005 New York

    Sam Adams Boston Lager, Bass Ale, Saranac Pale Ale, Pete's Wicked Ale and Guinness (not exactly "craft," but different from the pale yellow fizzy stuff I'd always drank). The Washington Tavern in Albany, NY had a decent tap selection for its time (early-to-mid 90s), and I branched out beyond Budweiser . . . and never looked back. . . .
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  10. oberon

    oberon Grand Pooh-Bah (3,952) Feb 12, 2002 North Carolina
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    Bells Oberon...who would a thought?And New Holland Mad Hatter.
  11. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Grand Pooh-Bah (3,139) Nov 4, 2015 New York
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    (As I've said before:wink:) Ommegang's original 4 ( Hennepin, Abbey Double [then called just Ommegang] , Witte, & Rare Vos) , especially Rare Vos , which is still a favorite, & a regular, today . :+1::beers: :heart_eyes:
  12. axman

    axman Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2007 Virginia

    I was not long out of college on my first business trip--to Denver in 1989-ish for my government employer--our hosts recommended a new spot downtown called Wynkoop. That area was much different than it is today--a bit of a ghost town. I don't remember what I had, but I loved the beers and the vibe. There was no craft beer in Virginia at the time so this was a new world. I've never turned back.
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  13. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Pooh-Bah (1,757) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Murphy's Irish Stout, circa 1995.

    Sam Adams Scotch Ale about then or shortly thereafter.


    Those three were the "early draws."

    Then I got away from beer for awhile until about 5 or 6 years ago. At that point it was


    Old Rasputin

  14. eawolff99

    eawolff99 Pooh-Bah (2,164) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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  15. Jow13

    Jow13 Aspirant (252) Apr 5, 2016 Massachusetts

    Guinness & Sam Adams seasonal mix packs for me got me over the Busch and Bud Light phase. Then having a Victory Golden Monkey I became all about craft beer exploration.
  16. jockstrappy

    jockstrappy Savant (1,069) Feb 18, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Troegs HopBack!!!

    also Bell’s Amber, and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

    Both of which are brewery-only options at this point I’d I’m not mistaken.
  17. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    Sprecher - about '84ish Milwaukee.

    Had a go to bar owned by native "German" (Port of Hamburg near MKE Mitchell Airport) that "primed" interest in beer with flavor prior to Sprecher (where domestic beer was verboten and only for your female date). Favorite was Spaten Optimator on tap and Hackor Pshorr Weiss in a tall glass (and better still 2L boot with friends)...craft beer now is becoming like macro beer of old...all marketing (cartoon pix on bottles, etc.). Hard to tell what's good and what's shit.
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  18. rex_4539

    rex_4539 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,006) Dec 20, 2014 Greece

  19. LittleGus

    LittleGus Crusader (440) Mar 13, 2008 Minnesota

    Summit Extra Pale Ale in the early-mid 90s. I was slow to get into it. I was a volume drinker, so I'd buy a six pack with a 12 pack of cheaper stuff.
  20. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    In the mid 70s I lived way out in the boonies in an old house at the end of Red Clay Rd. 60 acres of an old homestead and tobacco farm. I always kept a case of Watney's Red Barrell, Bass Ale, and assorted, mostly French Bordeaux in the perfectly cool pantry. I raised Golden Retrievers and grew vegetables, tended bar in town and took many classes at UNC-G and read. It was the golden era of my education. I wish I still had that fine Troy Built tiller.
  21. barneyrubble

    barneyrubble Maven (1,259) Aug 21, 2020 Colorado

    Odell (and I know it may not meet ones def of craft) , I just found beer recently after 40 years of being an oenophile.
  22. JamFuel

    JamFuel Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,938) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    The first ones I can remember are Oppigårds Golden Ale and Dugges Avenyn. Those beers opened my eyes to stuff that wasn't Belgian. I had been drinking Chimay and Maredsous since I was about 19, but didn't really care, or understand, about beer in a larger sense. The beer that really hooked me though, is one that I have harped on about at great length in various threads: Alesmith IPA. Still my all time favorite beer and something hat blew my tiny little mind back in the day. Sill buy it every chance I get.
  23. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Pundit (961) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Sadly now, Alesmith is not easy to find even here in Northern California. It's out there, but you have to know where to find it.
  24. misteil

    misteil Pooh-Bah (1,603) Feb 21, 2019 Ireland
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    it was Schneider Weisse as a matter of fact. i was always very interested in beer and curious about trying lots of different beers, but my notion of how many beers were available to me was in reality a tiny fraction of what was really out there; i just knew what was on the taps in the pubs and what was sold in the shop down the road. SW, along with a few other hefes, were the first beers that introduced me to the world of beer outside of what you could just buy in supervalu. i wasn’t quite at buying 30 euro bottles of whiskey infused barrel aged imperial stouts from norway yet, but this was my first foray outside the main-est of mainstream beer. i have been enjoying going further and further down that rabbit hole ever since.
  25. Beerspeakspeoplemumble

    Beerspeakspeoplemumble Aspirant (247) Sep 12, 2021 Connecticut

    Think it might of been Atwater-Vanilla Java Porter!
  26. Stormfield

    Stormfield Pundit (869) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    SABL and the SA family of beers. Used to love all the seasonals. Graduated high school in ‘91.
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  27. direwolf00

    direwolf00 Zealot (531) Jun 12, 2014 Rhode Island

    Sam Adams Boston Lager was the one, I had Pete's Wicked Ale but my palate wasn't appreciative of what I was having.
    I was a Bud and Guinness drinker. Sam Adams Boston Lager was the one. I had Pete's Wicked Ale but don't remember much about it.
    After that, Sammy mix packs, Samuel Smiths, Sierra Nevada's, Stone's, Flying Dogs, Dogfish's, Lagunitas, Ballast Points, Otter Creeks, Magic Hats were the ones I delved into
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  28. moodenba

    moodenba Pooh-Bah (1,551) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Why would Odell not be craft??
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  29. Soneast

    Soneast Pooh-Bah (1,623) May 9, 2008 Wisconsin

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  30. woodychandler

    woodychandler Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,936) Apr 9, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I was well aware of craft beer as of early-to-mid 1987 by dint of being stationed aboard NAS Alameda, CA. I would hit Triple Rock in nearby Berkeley and drink Anchor Steam at my uncle's place in SF, where he was a professor at SFSU.

    It wasn't until shortly after I retired in October 1998 and bought a copy of Lew Bryson's Pennsylvania Breweries [Vol. 1], and using it as a tour guide, that I became immersed in craft beer. I became a regular at Lancaster Brewing Co. (LNCBC), attended my first beerfest there and then REALLY had my eyes opened with my first visit to Victory BC in Downingtown! It was that first sip of Hop Devil that made me realize that I am a hophead. After that, I was truly off and running.
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  31. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I met Carol Stoudt at a beer fest, late mid 1980’s and we hung out for a while. Her beer was great(scarlet ESB) and that got me looking for other American micro, the fest was mostly English beers. I also hung at the Khyber a lot and that was very punk rock and beer centric. Jim Anderson also taught me about beer at the old Tavern on Green. I was also just curious about beer and always stopped at the old circle liquor on the way back from my parents house and bought odd dusty bottles of beer there, many Belgian.

  32. geocooley76

    geocooley76 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2019 North Carolina

    After many years of drinking Coors Light and Icehouse I met up with my brother in law (who was drinking usually Icehouse himself) and he asked if I ever tried i craft beer. I said what’s a crap beer? He said I said craft , we been drinking crap. I said no , so he handed me my first craft beer. Which was Carolina Pale Ale by Carolina Brewing Company Holly Springs NC. This was about 10 plus years ago. To this day it’s still one of my go to beers. And even though under new ownership, it’s still a good beer. Just not a fan of the new logo.
  33. Miles_in_beer_city

    Miles_in_beer_city Pundit (826) Jun 18, 2014 North Carolina

    First visit to a brewery tasting room, back when there were only 4 breweries in Asheville. We chose French Broad Brewery, because they opened before 4PM. The others in Asheville were Asheville Brewing, Greenman, and Highlands.

    Had their Wee-Heaver, and their ESB, and WOW, I learned I had been drinking the wrong stuff.

    Was also at French Broad yesterday.
  34. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Savant (1,161) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    Summit EPA was widely available on tap in my student days and was way better than the cheap keg beers people bought for parties. Then I found Unibroue and the whole range of Belgian imports and was hooked.
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  35. itracy63

    itracy63 Savant (1,163) Apr 20, 2013 Washington

    Alaskan Amber in the mid 90’s
  36. Drewman9175

    Drewman9175 Initiate (20) May 21, 2022 Florida

    I picked up some Magic Hat #9 last night, which I would credit with making me a beer snob. Light, highly drinkable Vermont export. It takes me back to single days in the first years of the century at the Hill Street Pub in Albany New York.
  37. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Pooh-Bah (2,565) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    New Amsterdam Amber-it was the NY area's Sam Adams before Sam started to spread. Have always looked for different beers even in high school when we were not old enough to drink. But the US craft scene has to be New Amsterdam....
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  38. Shiredave

    Shiredave Maven (1,415) Aug 29, 2002 New York

    There really were no "micro beers" back in '79-'80 when I started drinking beer. I couldn't stand the Miller and Bud friends were pounding so it was all about the imports - Becks - Becks Dark, St Pauli Girls and Bass Ale - even Ballantine was/is better than Bud. The brewery trips and home brewing came a few years later and the journey continues.
  39. oneeye

    oneeye Savant (1,002) Feb 17, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Those smutty 12 packs were great. Back when I first started to drink craft beer, you pretty much had to buy beer by the case at a beer distributor in Pa. There were only a handful of actual beer stores and bars that sold singles and six packs. You couldn’t buy beer in supermarkets at that time as well. So your best deal was to invest in a case. The Smuttynose mixed case was my go to for right around $27. The wholesaler that brought all the new craft breweries into the area had a little storefront. Cash only. Stone, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher mixed packs were great deals as well.
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  40. mjsullivan86

    mjsullivan86 Zealot (694) Jul 3, 2020 Pennsylvania

    I was lucky enough to take "The Art and Science of Brewing" in college. Getting credit to learn to brew and drink beer during class class obviously drew college-age me in, but learning about the different styles and brewing small batches for comparison got things started. We also took trips to a local microbreweries as part of the course and this really started the craft beer ball rolling downhill for me.