What beer got you into craft beer?

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

  1. bowery

    bowery Initiate (48) Jul 3, 2014 California

    Circa 2013 wegmans upstate new york availability - Hop Stoopid, Ommegang Abbey Ale, and Sculpin
  2. XsoldoutX

    XsoldoutX Meyvn (1,484) Mar 23, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Great spot. I’m from Philly and legit drove close to 5 hours a few years back to mainly just visit the brewery. Additionally the first time I ever had jackfruit was at Penn. Stellar stuff, stellar trip, eff the Pens.
  3. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (4,537) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    What originally got me intro craft beer was moving to London and immersing myself in the English Ale culture. When I came back to Germany, I was on the lookout for English Ales, which wasn't easy and eventually led me to checking out craft beers as well.

    I still remember thinking: "What's with all these fucking IPAs? Why can't I get any Red/Brown Ales or Bitters around here? Well, I eventually got into them new-fangled IPAs, but I still wish I could find some Red/Brown Ales more frequently or at all, for that matter, around here.

    If I had to pick one particular beer though, I'd probably say Stone Arrogant Bastard.
  4. WickedBeer

    WickedBeer Poo-Bah (2,622) Sep 23, 2015 Alabama
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    This may be a bit of an odd one, but I’ll never forget the first time I got a Smuttynose Gravitation. I hadn’t really explored true craft beer much at that point, and definitely hadn’t had anything in the realm of high gravity Belgian-styles. This threw me entirely for a loop, and introduced me to such a complexity of style I’d never known even existed (blissful ignorance, as it were lol). The rest was history.


  5. plaid75

    plaid75 Poo-Bah (4,606) Jan 13, 2005 New York
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    Killian's Irish Red and Saranac Pale Ale in 1994. Then SA, Pete's and SNPA soon thereafter.
  6. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (5,409) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    I seem to remember drinking some pretty good casks of ESB and other traditional English styles at Wynkoop, probably 2010ish? Have been a few times around then, always loved that place.
  7. micada

    micada Meyvn (1,317) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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    Wife brought me Fat Tire from a conference. She brought me 3 Pliny The Elders after another conference. Those were other side of the country things that make you go hmmm. Locally, Souther Tier 2x IPA had a 7% ABV. Switched off from Molson beers during bowling and noticed a dramatic reduction of urine output. More flavor, more oomph, less urine. A winning Trifecta! Sadly, Southern Tier has gone down some rabbit hole of mediocrity, IMO.
  8. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (598) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Pickings were pretty slim in Laramie, WY circa 1980. Some college friends from other countries convinced me to try some new things. Cooper's Ale, Tooth Sheaf Stout and Guinness Extra Stout stood out. Also, Schmidt Dark from Philly and Rainier Ale when I started looking on my own. It was a couple more years until Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams showed up there.

    Though the ultimate fault may lie with my grandmother, who gave me a sip of her PBR when I was 5...
  9. h4ger

    h4ger Zealot (508) Feb 5, 2011 Connecticut

    I'd guess it was Pete's Wicked Ale...love to find that again
  10. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (176) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa

    Sounds crazy but the beer that made me realize beer was not all BMC lagers was Blue Moon.
  11. jockstrappy

    jockstrappy Devotee (448) Feb 18, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Troegs Hopback and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe. Both of which currently can only be had at their respective brew pubs…which sucks lol.
  12. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Poo-Bah (3,563) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Ha. I was a PBR devotee for decades - I think my body chemistry had adapted to an unvarying diet of PBR. Then our office had a home brew and chili cookoff. Talk about an OMG moment. That was in 2012 and I haven't looked back.
    So a home brew (or two, or three) got me into craft beer. The first commercial craft beer that just made my jaw drop was draft Stone Enjoy By 02-14-14. I was sitting at a tiny coastal South Carolina bar, and I remember watching a mouse run back and forth behind the taps. We made eye contact and he seemed to agree with my assessment.
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  13. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,400) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

  14. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,164) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Anchor Steam and Liberty Ale, many decades ago.....then into more local stuff like Great Lakes Dortmunder and Eddy Fitz, followed by many other locals from Thirsty Dog, Liberty Street Brewing, etc etc
    There was also a beer from Christian Moerlein in Cincy, probably in the 1980's, that had a foil wrap around the top of the bottles and was a delicious beer! I think I still have a tin tacker featuring that beer.....there were many others - SNPA, Sam Adams stuff etc that came much later.....quite the journey!
  15. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Champion (858) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

  16. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,490) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Sounds like you're thinking of the Christian Moerlein brand, the name revived by Hudepohl (pre-merger w/Schoenling). They even had a legal battle with Stroh, which had revived Schlitz's Erlanger - both brewers were claiming theirs were the only US beers that passed the Reinheitsgebot (Stroh's technicality was including "nationally distributed" in their promo material. CM had wider distro that the other Hudepohl brands - we got it in NJ - but not national).

    Some BA's moms apparently liked it, too.
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  17. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Meyvn (1,298) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    A bar I frequented in the late 90s got SNPA on tap. I tried it. I REALLY liked it. Then in the early aughts, I randomly came across Victory Golden Monkey and I was hooked. Closest thing I've had to an AAL since is Yuengling Lager.
  18. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,164) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Hey Steve - yep, that is the beer! (brand!), and those "BA Mom's" are looking pretty good to this old geezer! Haha!
    Here is the tacker I mentioned.....a bit dusty

  19. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (272) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio

    Like many others, got introduced to Pete’s Wicked in the late ‘80s at The University of Akron. GLBC Eliot Ness really got the ball rolling around 1990.
  20. Phoodcritic

    Phoodcritic Crusader (772) Jul 3, 2014 Michigan

    Stage 1, Initiation: Sam Adams Boston Lager
    Stage 2, Baptism: Founders Dirty Bastard
    Stage 3, Confirmation: Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half
  21. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,758) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    But you joined BA in 2002. :thinking_face:
    I never heard of that beer style. Must be an English thing. :wink:
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  22. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,758) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Do you think Short’s uses Ringwood yeast for those beers? They might, but I wouldn't assume that they do… and if not, I imagine their beers would have a different character.
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  23. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Meyvn (1,109) Sep 30, 2014 Ohio
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    A friend suggested I try Samuel Smith's Nut Brown while we were shopping for beer for a game night. That changed my perception of beer, as prior to that, I was only aware of the existence of AALs and Guinness.

    From there, I tried a Taddy Porter, and also enjoyed that. But I didn't get fully aboard the "Okay, yes, I'm into craft beer" train until I picked up a sixer of Edmund Fitzgerald on a whim shortly afterward. Still love that one.
  24. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Disciple (340) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia

    Yep, been drinking beer for a long time....even before 2002:wink:
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  25. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (295) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Every payday I'd buy Samuel Smith Taddy Porter, Oatmeal Stout or Nut brown Ale, Even though the bottles were clear I'd clean and save them-the huge pile of them is why my wife bought me my first homebrewing kit. She said fill them or toss them, I chose to fill them.
  26. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,313) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

  27. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,565) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I don't know if they use Ringwood, but you're right, it would affect the taste of the beers. I doubt if Short's ferments in open-top fermentor, and that may also be a factor.

    I haven't tried digging into this Short's thing too deeply because when I try, I don't seem to get anywhere. By that I mean ownership of the labels or if they're paying royalties to the bank that holds the assets, etc. They may be brewing in the former Arcadia location in Kalamazoo for all I know. If so, then they'd be using the open-top tanks.
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  28. TheHammer

    TheHammer Poo-Bah (1,609) Feb 15, 2009 Canada (ON)

    Creemore Springs Premium Lager - Way back before they got bought by Molson, this was the beer that woke me up to the fact that beer was more then just yellow Lager and Guinness.
  29. Aphexwulf

    Aphexwulf Initiate (18) Dec 25, 2020 Texas

    After I received my degree in 2010 and got a job where my pay was doubled, I decided to celebrate and picked up what I thought were "high end" beers, but really they were just craft beers (Shiner, Samuel Adams, Dogfish Head, etc.).

    Up until that point I had pretty much drank what all my friends drank, which was bud light, dos equis, and the occasional budweiser. I was completely blown away that beer could taste good, considering that stuff like bud light is an "aquired taste" because, let's face it, you never enjoyed it the first time you drank it, you just wanted to fit in with your buddies. Been drinking craft ever since, and I aim to try at least 1 new beer every week.
  30. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,022) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Saison Dupont. There’s a story here but that’s really all you need to know.
  31. ZenAgnostic

    ZenAgnostic Meyvn (1,265) Jan 27, 2011 Texas

    probably Budweiser Private Reserve planted the seed, then later on Weihenstephaner Hefe sealed it
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  32. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Disciple (383) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Pete's Wicked Ale
    Sam Adams Stock Ale.
    Dock Street Amber/Illuminator
    Stoudt's Honey Double Mai Bock.
    Bass Ale.
    Samichlaus. The first one blew my mind!
    Just to name a few.
    Pretty much anything new in the late 80's early 90's!
    Oh yeah, can't forget J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown Lager.
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  33. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Disciple (383) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Man I miss the Christian Morelein!
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  34. geocooley76

    geocooley76 Initiate (37) Oct 3, 2019 North Carolina

    I loved Pete’s Wicked!
  35. meegs

    meegs Initiate (44) Dec 19, 2008 Wisconsin

    I was at a bar with a buddy around 1985 and the first local microbrewery in town had their Hefeweizen on tap. My buddy suggested I try it as it was “pretty good.” That beer was Sprecher Hefeweizen in Milwaukee. I loved it and it opened my eyes to what beer could be. Until that point I drank mostly Miller products….primarily High Life and Lite. Then I started to seek out anything that was different. I drank a lot of Pete’s Wicked Ale, Killians, Widmerand the like. Paulaner Hefeweizen became my favorite beer for a while. Then I got turned on to hops and have been a Pale Ale and IPA fan since. A few years later I discovered you could make beer at home. Now I’ve been homebrewing for nearly 30 years and I’m a certified level BJCP judge. This year I plan to brew German inspired beers and mix in a Pale Ale or IPA here or there. Cheers!!
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  36. mae_day

    mae_day Initiate (20) Oct 21, 2021 California

    Probably Space Dust by Elysian. Not the most fancy or niche but this was the first craft beer I tried (probably cause it's so readily available) that opened my eyes to the fact not every beer tasted like weird water, sweaty armpits, or sickeningly sweet ichor.
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  37. IKR

    IKR Savant (907) May 25, 2010 California

    Kulmbacher Monkshof sp?, quickly followed by Anchor Porter and Anchor Steam around 1984-1985. Once I found there was more to beer than yellow flavorless macros that was all she wrote........
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  38. shlub

    shlub Initiate (134) Jan 11, 2008 Minnesota

    Late '80s; Summit Extra Pale and Lake Superior (now closed) Special Ale. Pete's Wicked was a staple too!
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  39. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (1,896) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Either DFH 90 Minute IPA or Victory's Sour Monkey. Admittedly rather old school choices for a younger guy like myself but I've adapted to the current scene while still remaining grounded in the classics
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  40. Arassuil

    Arassuil Initiate (40) Jan 21, 2008 Australia

    I did dabble with Anchor Steam and Anchor Liberty and a few imports while in high school, but never really 'got into it' mainly because they were expensive and availability was erratic. As a Seattle native, I was drinking the Rainiers through the 1970's into '81. I started a new job and one of my workmates started raving about drinking 'yards' of this great red ale at an Irish pub. Well, I was expecting Smithick's or Kilkenny or some Irish import when we visited the pub, but found out it was this microbrew called 'Red Hook'.

    Then, it wasn't that bland watery swill they sell these days, but a cloudy unfiltered malty brew that was very full-bodied. I 'got into' craft beer then and there. Unfortunately, at that time one could only find Red Hook, Hale's, Bridgeport, and Grants at certain pubs that were few and far between. So it was a treat when a local tavern near where I worked called 'The Irish Rose' started carrying a bank of microbrew taps. There was no doubt I was 'hooked' I thought it unfortunate when Red Hook made changes and started calling it 'ESB' when they started bottling it. It wasn't the same, but still good. The last time I had one I couldn't recognize it. Oh yes, loved the Ballard Bitter back then too.
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