What was the first beer you had?

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  1. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I was just swinging through the Beer Talk and saw a conversation about the old Piels beer. Made me curious: What is the first beer you had? Don't think, "Well, the night I turned 21", but, "When I was a toddler, Grandpa gave me a sip of..."! For me, it may well have been Black Label, as I had a picture of my Dad holding me in one hand as a baby, and one of those in the other. In living memory though, he had changed over to (original) PBR by then, so that would be mine. How about you?
     
  2. Livyatan1996

    Livyatan1996 Zealot (539) Sep 29, 2017 Missouri

    i don't remember the name of my first beer sadly. it was some pumpkin beer a buddy snagged from next to the steel reserve at a shady gas station. appealing combo of things there obviously, no gods could save whatever the hell that was and make it taste good. would love to find it again
    the first beer i remember the name of was blue moon, and after putting down like 3 cases worth of that i decided i liked beer
     
  3. lastmango

    lastmango Champion (896) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Well . . . the memory of my first sip was around 1962 . . . at the age of 5. Family crab feast down on the Chesapeake. They always had a keg . . . Irish descent. Can't remember the brand, but at that time and through the '60s, they were drinking one of the three . . . Natty Boh, Gunther or Black Label. With my mother's side being of German descent, it was not unusual to get a sip before my teen years.
     
  4. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,468) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    I was 18 and was handed a Miller High Life at a party. I thought it was awful and was determined I would never like beer....
     
  5. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,502) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Heineken, I believe. Daddy let me sip on it when I was about 14.
     
  6. tubeman

    tubeman Aspirant (292) Jan 25, 2009 New York

    I was eleven or twelve and stole a can of Utica Club Bock from the fridge.
    Couldn't figure out how the grown ups liked this stuff.
     
  7. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Crusader (759) Dec 3, 2014 Washington
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    Rainier back in like 1982, my pops would always have a few on fish & chips nights when I was a kid and sometimes would give me one while he was frying up dinner.
     
  8. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,237) Nov 1, 2001 Florida
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    My uncle gave me a can of Fall's City when I was ten years old back in the 1970s.
     
  9. traction

    traction Devotee (484) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    The first time I ever drank beer was also the first time I got drunk I split a 12 pack with a couple friends and it was Milwaukee's Best or as we called it "beast". On a semi-related note my first cigarette was an unfiltered Pall Mall which made me vomit after the first couple hits and I didn't smoke another cigarette for years after that. Oddly enough I didn't get sick the first time I got drank.
     
  10. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Blue Moon is a good go to in places where more volatile beers aren't served. Cheers!
     
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  11. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    My dad's side was a beer family, with fans of PBR, Falstaff, Drewrys... even Strohs! Cheers!
     
  12. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I'm guessing that MHL didn't forever destroy it for you... cheers!
     
  13. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Heineken was our go-to back in my long-gone strip-bar days... cheers!
     
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  14. GreenBayBA

    GreenBayBA Meyvn (1,126) Aug 30, 2015 Wisconsin
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    I wish I could say Pabst Blue Ribbon because of my emotional attachment to that beer, having grown up in Milwaukee, WI, but it was actually Michelob, at Red Lobster, and I loved it!
     
  15. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I wasn't real enthralled back then, either. Bock is kinda sophisticated for that age! Cheers!
     
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  16. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Great memories... I was hoping this question would bring them up!
     
  17. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Weren't they the ones that made Billy Beer? My brother was the closest to a beer connoisseur back then, and he took one sip and poured it out...
     
  18. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I didn't either, but a few months later, a night called "the Big Night" continues to live in infamy...
     
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  19. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I remember Mich being the "top class" beer back then... sure beat Bud!
     
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  20. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,820) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    One of the ones that brewed Billy Beer.
     
  21. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Meyvn (1,498) Jul 27, 2013 California
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    Late 80’s and I was out in my Grandfather’s shop after he and my Father returned from hunting. They were sitting down to clean the guns and gave me a sip of Budweiser.

    I‘ll never forget how it tasted in that musty old shop that smelled of spent gunpowder, cleaning solvents, and oil. I didn’t like the beer, and didn’t understand the jokes...but it felt great to be “one of the big guys” and I knew someday I would grow to enjoy it.
     
  22. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,237) Nov 1, 2001 Florida
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    You are correct! Fall's City did brew Billy Beer, and I am sure Billy beer was as appalling as Fall's City beer, but when you are ten yours old, you will try anything.:grin:
     
  23. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (255) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Schlitz at 4 or 5, early 60s. Thought it was special, still do :heart_eyes:
     
  24. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (617) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Split two 40s with a friend. Colt 45 and Crazy Horse Malt Liquor. Then we thought it would be smart to make strawberry quick after, yeah I threw up.
     
  25. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    If only the camaraderie and not the beer, eh?
     
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  26. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    We had Schlitz at our local bar, but not a family choice. Can't say I ever tried it. Cheers!
     
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  27. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Not surprised in the least... ML and strawberry...
     
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  28. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Savant (999) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)
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    My dad didn’t really drink beer. We only ever had it in the fridge on rare big family gatherings. I remember asking for a sip from someone at one of these, and I remember it being a Labatt Blue. I also remember liking it. I was probably 10 or so.

    The first one I bought myself as a 16 year old with a fake ID was a a six pack of O’Keefe Extra Old Stock. My only reason for buying it was the higher ABV of 6.2%. versus the common 5%. It ended up being my go to beer for the first few years of drinking until I was 19 or so.
     
  29. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    So, is it still a favorite?
     
  30. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (142) Mar 15, 2014 California
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    MGD from a can. There was a football game on. I remember sitting in my godmother's lap and I was her designated "cup holder" between puffs of Marlboro light cigarettes and yelling in my ear about "throw the damned ball!" snuck a sip a few times. Had to be all of 4 or 5 years old. lol
     
  31. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Savant (999) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)
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    I haven’t had it for maybe 25 years or so. I probably would like though, as I’ve begun re-developing a taste for macro beer in the last year or two. I don’t think it’s been brewed for about 5 years or more now though.
     
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  32. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,071) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Like the OP, I'm thinking my dad probably gave me a taste of Carling Black Label or perhaps Blatz. He wasn't a big beer drinker, but those are the beers I recall seeing in the downstairs refrigerator more often than not back in Rust Belt north central Ohio...probably circa mid- to late-60s...
     
  33. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Crusader (759) Dec 3, 2014 Washington
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    Now, while Rainier was my first beer, Carling Black Label is easily the beer I bootlegged the most in HS. 12 packs were like $3.50, easy cash for a couple highschoolers to get together.
     
  34. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    IDK, but by the time I was drinking, there was a good reason for Black Label to be cheap... I will say, though, I loved the variety of their cork-lined caps in my cap collection...
     
  35. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,071) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I still wish I could find more of those older generation beers. I know some are still brewed (and most likely with different recipes than 'back in the day').

    There are a couple of BAs I've beer traded with specifically to get some of the new Strohs (such as @superspak and, I believe, @cryptichead)...
     
  36. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,208) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Wow, this was mine too! I couldn't have been more than 10 or 11 years old. I was at a party at my dad's friend's house and there was a can of MGD sitting out. I can't remember if there was a reason why I drank it or I was just curious but I took a swig. Funny thing is I didn't hate it. I didn't love it either. But to this day I remember very vividly what it tasted like.
     
  37. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    I remember Strohs as not bad, but the legend grew that you paid for drinking it sitting on the throne the next day...
     
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  38. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    As kids, we found ways!
     
  39. cwm51662

    cwm51662 Devotee (432) Apr 23, 2011 Indiana
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    One nice thing is PBR still tastes the same as it did back then, at least to me...
     
  40. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,918) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
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    It was most likely a Genesee beer, but might have been Cream Ale. My father had a couple friends who worked at the brewery, so there were always cases of 7oz bottles around. At get-togethers us kids would get to split a bottle between a few of us. I was about 5 the first time I remember drinking, although I'm sure I'd had some before that.
     
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