What was your 1st imported beer?

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  1. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (323) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    My 1st import was also my 1st beer at age 14.
    It was Carling's Black Label (Canada) given to me by my Grandfather.
    My 1st import I bought at legal age (18 in 1974) was either
    Moosehead or Molson, also from North of the border, Canada, Eh.

    Where was your 1st imported beer from?
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  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (445) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Don't remember. It would have been in the early 80s. Probably either European or Canadian. My guess would be Canadian because Moosehead and Molson were pretty popular at that time.

    Frankly, I didn't really drink imports until after college after going to Europe. Before that, it was cheap beer (Schlitz Talls, Mickey's, MGB, Bud).
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  3. Texsuds

    Texsuds Aspirant (286) Jan 22, 2013 Texas
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    Pretty sure my 1st was Guinness, maybe Newcastle in college.
  4. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,078) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Grolsch or Guinness, not sure which.
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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  6. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (745) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Lowenbrau and Heineken (Germany, The Netherlands) back in the 60's. Heineken was way better than most available US brews, but Lowenbrau was damned good, still is.
  7. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Moosehead, baby!
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  8. Retroman40

    Retroman40 Devotee (488) Dec 7, 2013 Florida

    Molson Golden.
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  9. riverlen

    riverlen Aspirant (248) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    Dinklelocker (spelling is probably wrong) "Drink a Dink" was their slogan. I was in high school and worked after school in a German butcher shop, the owner knew the importer and got that plus a German brandy by the case. He said, "If you work like a man you can drink like a man." So on Saturday's after the shop closed and everything was in order we would bend our elbows.
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  10. BrewSTL

    BrewSTL Disciple (345) Mar 14, 2013 Missouri

    Newcastle back in HS
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  11. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Meyvn (1,043) Mar 19, 2011 Ohio

    It was either St. Pauli Girl or New Castle. Those were the fancy beers for me in college.
  12. SFNC

    SFNC Devotee (496) Apr 7, 2013 North Carolina

    My first one was a Molson Golden. I was 14 or 15 and this was the 70's. I shunned the big Amercan beers from the get go.
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  13. timotao

    timotao Disciple (393) Sep 16, 2013 New York
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    Molson Golden, Molson Ice, Molson Canadian? One of those. Can't remember which one.
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  14. Dreizhen

    Dreizhen Aspirant (263) Jun 6, 2013 District of Columbia

    Fuller's London Pride
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  15. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Poo-Bah (5,353) Oct 13, 2007 California
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    Dos Equis, which I had when I was in Rosarito, Mexico. Does that count as being imported in this thread?
  16. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,778) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Heineken, completely underwhelmed me went back to Bud. A year of two later I got into Canadian beers & they put me on the right path. Still don't like Heineken, even underwhelmed me in Amsterdam.
  17. BoomKentucky

    BoomKentucky Aspirant (226) Mar 22, 2013 Kentucky

    Newcastle I think.
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  18. Scipio3

    Scipio3 Initiate (182) Mar 11, 2014 Ohio

    Lowenbrau. That was the high end shit in the 70's.

    Wait, does that French import Goebbels count?
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  19. Grodd87

    Grodd87 Devotee (419) Jul 30, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Guinness hated it at first but will order at a bar once in a blue moon
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  20. BobbyDigitali

    BobbyDigitali Initiate (0) May 26, 2014 California

    Dos Equis
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  21. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    I really can't remember but I think it was Mexico. Most likely Corona but I wouldn't touch this beer with a 10ft pole today.
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  22. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,225) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, still one of my favorites today.
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  23. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Disciple (356) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey

    Grolsch, a fine brew.
  24. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,095) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

  25. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    no idea what my first sip of beer was. if it was dad's it was Schmidt's. if it wasn't, it definitely was a german bock... likely in (West) Germany. whatever it was, I couldn't have been more than 3....

    come to think of it, a bock in w Germany wouldn't be imported, would it? :confused:
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  26. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2014 Delaware
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    Lowenbrau! Who didn't drink that stuff in their youth! It made you feel "sophisticated" 20 years ago! Haven't seen one here in DE in about 2 1/2 years!
  27. bkbergen

    bkbergen Initiate (197) Jan 5, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Drank a Guinness stout in Nassau, Bahamas 3/4/95 while on spring break. Not sure if it was Foreign Extra or regular stout. It was in a bottle and was brewed in the Bahamas.
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  28. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,723) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Pretty sure I had a Corona with my parents as my first import. It's a small miracle that I actually made it this far after such a scarring drinking experience. :wink:
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  29. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Initiate (192) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    Guinness Stout and not that 4.2% watered down stuff.
  30. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,778) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I had Killian's Red back in the early 80s, thought it was Irish (wrong!, You can fool 18 year olds easy when they aren't paying attention). That was probably the first beer I had that had any discernible malt profile
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  31. Spikester

    Spikester Poo-Bah (1,771) Jul 14, 2007 Oregon

    Guinness Stout on tap about 1968. It was served too warm for me and it tasted like a dark beer with a half teaspoon of chew (Copenhagen) added. Probably like the Export extra stout version now. Which I do like now.
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  32. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,023) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Other. Red Stripe when I was 15 and it was my first full beer I ever drank. Don't know if it doesn't count because I was actually in the Caribbean when I drank it.
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  33. swinyeju

    swinyeju Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    none of the above... Foster's Australian for Beer
  34. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2014 Delaware
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    You said "Copenhagen"!!! Blast from the past!
  35. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (203) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    Beck's. It was my first weekend at college and a guy on my floor bought a 6 pack of it. Quite a bit different from the Busch and Bud that I had been drinking in high school.
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  36. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Ohio

    Carlsberg about 1970
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  37. thomda11

    thomda11 Aspirant (272) Jun 5, 2014 California

    My first import was Paulaner Hefeweizen shortly after I turned 21. I had only drank the usual BMC offerings up to that point and was blown away.
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  38. TheBeerbarian

    TheBeerbarian Initiate (0) May 29, 2014 California

    Pilsner Urquell, along with a few Armenian beers (Kilikia or Kotayk) where what my dad usually stocked the fridge with when i was growing up.
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  39. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    My parents were really into Mexican beers, so that was the first one I tried. First one I bought for myself was probably Guinness or Bass. Bass was my "luxury" beer before I got into craft.
    I had a friend who was really into Newcastle though, so that's also plausible, but I don't recall completely.
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  40. JasonEdelson

    JasonEdelson Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2013 Illinois

    Had to be a Labatt Blue while watching the Blackhawks in high school. Everything Canadian was cool for hockey fans back then.
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