What was your first craft beer?

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  1. Ittybittykitty

    Ittybittykitty Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015

    ~17, it was either Anderson Valley's Oatmeal Stout or MadRiver Steelhead Extra Pale Ale… I think. That was a long time ago :wink:
  2. bvilord

    bvilord Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2015 Idaho

    I would have to say Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  3. Connortripp

    Connortripp Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2014 Minnesota

    Surly Furious will always be special to me. Not only was it my first craft beer, it was my first beer ever. I've been in love with this world ever since.
  4. KeithE

    KeithE Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2013 Illinois

    Baderbrau, Berghoff, and some GI and Sam Adams beers in the 80's, but didn't get really in to it until the last 7-8 years or so when I turned the corner from wine into beer!
  5. brother_rebus

    brother_rebus Meyvn (1,024) Jul 28, 2014 Maine

    Harpoon IPA I think. Or some apricot beer by Abita.
  6. Joshmistake

    Joshmistake Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Anchor Steam and Big Rock Ale from Canada.
  7. OKbrew89

    OKbrew89 Crusader (785) May 13, 2013 Oklahoma

    I'm not sure I would call them craft beers now, but I had NB Fat Tire and Stella with my dad at 18. If those are too big for craft beer, my first american craft beer would be Santa Fe Nutt Brown or Rogue Dead Guy.
  8. maxson924

    maxson924 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2015 Florida

    Shortly after my 21st birthday, I went to a bar and had Founders Porter and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Rest is history.
  9. Onemoresolo

    Onemoresolo Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut

    It was either SNPA or Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde.

    SNPA broke my tastebuds the first time I tried it, but I have fond memories of Pete's. It reminds me of taking the train into NYC to see the Dead with my brother and his friends because uh... that's where we drank them; Central Park too. It was a sloppy day all around, but at least the plain-clothes NYPD officers who caught us smoking a joint at Strawberry Fields were cool. :grinning:
  10. beerwolf72

    beerwolf72 Disciple (300) Aug 12, 2006 Ohio

    Rolling Rock.
  11. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (489) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
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  12. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,503) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    Hard to say. Likely DFH 60min, but possibly something from Mass where I went to school, such as BBC, ABC, or Paper City. Could be Pete's Wicked.
  13. dipalova

    dipalova Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 Connecticut

    In high school... (the mid 90's ) my go to was dundee ' s honey brown.. didn't know it was "craft" at the time but never really liked the buds or bud light of the world.
  14. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,165) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Anchor Steam and Liberty Ale (late 70's)
    SNPA (80's)
    Christian Moerlein beer (an early craft pioneer that was re-introduced in 1981)
    Liberty St Brewing Dragon Slayer (mid-90's)
    Great Lakes Dortmunder (1988)

    and many more I cannot remember.....yes, I am that old!
  15. Hopheadgou

    Hopheadgou Initiate (0) May 14, 2014 Connecticut

    sierra nevada pale, then torpedo then got into stone and dfh.
  16. NCMonte

    NCMonte Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2014 North Carolina

    Didn't know it at the time, late 80's but Pilsner Urquell.

    Or, do folks consider this a "craft beer" ?
  17. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    I can remember me and some friends raiding one of their dad's bar back in high school (probably close to 30 years ago). One of the beers we tried was Anchor Steam. Carlsberg Elephant Beer was another.

    I can remember these because of all of those we tried, these were our two favorites.
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  18. RyBrew54

    RyBrew54 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2014 Illinois

    Founder's Breakfast Stout. Was a Guinness guy in college but one day my go-to liquor store was charging more for Guinness bottles than a "build your own 6 pack" of craft beer. So being the broke college student i went the cheaper route and snagged styles i thought i might enjoy. After my second sip of Breakfast Stout I was hooked and never looked back. A whole new world of awesome opened up before my eyes that fateful day
  19. jsrose16

    jsrose16 Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2014 Illinois

    I think it was either Magic Hat 9 or Leinenkugel Berry Weiss (*cringe*)
  20. indian_pale_ale

    indian_pale_ale Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Utah

    Uncle Jacobs stout and I absolutely hated it. Now, I can't get my hands on enough. Go figure.
  21. FRANKIE65

    FRANKIE65 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2014 Canada (ON)

    Have to go back to the 80's....Brick beer from Waterloo Ontario.
  22. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    SA Boston Lager
  23. misternebbie

    misternebbie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Not so sure, Anchor maybe
  24. georgiaboy8686

    georgiaboy8686 Aspirant (202) Feb 2, 2013 Maryland

    Dogfish 60 Minute, which I think is the perfect introduction into IPA.
  25. chrisjws

    chrisjws Champion (885) Dec 3, 2014 California

    Sam Adams Boston Lager

    First serious craft brew(s) were Arrogant Bastard and Drakes Denogginizer circa 2006
  26. salazaro44

    salazaro44 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 California

    Stones arrogant bastard. I was underage at the time and it was all some of my older friends drank. I pretended to like it to fit in with the cool kids. Over time I really warmed up to it and appreciated what it was. It was a wrap from there.
  27. Yourahoser

    Yourahoser Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 Florida

    Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Wouldn't drink it now but it was revolutionary (to me) at the time.
  28. ramrod666

    ramrod666 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Dock Street IPA
  29. MasCervezas

    MasCervezas Initiate (68) Oct 15, 2014 North Carolina

    Prob Anchor Steam, Red Oak, or Craggie, just can't remember which was actually 1st. Although Red Oak was my first brewery tour.
  30. StartedwithSAM

    StartedwithSAM Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2015 Virginia

    Boston Beer Company - Sam Adams Boston Lager (tap) (2000)
    #150 StartedwithSAM, Feb 18, 2015
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  31. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,423) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Society Trader

    Must be an Air Force thing - 1st for me as well, Anchorage circa 1993 maybe????? Loved Wicked Ale but developed a mild addiction to Pete's Strawberry Blonde. Killed a 6 of it damn near nightly over the course of a few years.....
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  32. raulstotle12

    raulstotle12 Initiate (162) Feb 19, 2014 California

    Arrogant Barstard
  33. Skoallio

    Skoallio Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 Florida

    In '94, was the drinking age still 18 in the state you were in?
  34. HartsyThaiFood

    HartsyThaiFood Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2013 Illinois

    pretty sure it was Rogue Yellow Snow

    a friend and I thought the label was funny

    then we tasted it

    we stopped laughing immediately #barf
  35. Lewitt

    Lewitt Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I'm sure I had a number of Sam Adams and other craft beers before my entry into the craft beer world. I didn't know what I was drinking or that there was even a segment of beer called "craft". However, my first untappd checkin and the beginning of my foray to the world of beer that doesn't resolve to just get me piss drink was BA abraxas....life changing.
  36. twizzard

    twizzard Defender (648) May 11, 2013 New York

    Boston Lager, Petes Wicked, Toasted lager.

    True, eye-opening craft? KBS
  37. Evil_Emery

    Evil_Emery Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2014 California

    I too was indoctrinated Sierra Nevada Pale, back in '94...and no, I wasn't old enough to drink it.
  38. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (5,630) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico

    Allagash Grand Cru, 30 or so years ago.
  39. bigdaddyjerry

    bigdaddyjerry Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Maryland

    first craft beer i can't say, i was at a major tasting at wants distribution so there was just a lot of samples
  40. coopdog1000

    coopdog1000 Disciple (310) Feb 22, 2014 Florida

    Anchor Steam - late 80's. Though I didn't know it was craft beer.
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