What was your "Gateway Beer/Brewery" into the Craft World?

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  1. Abbbp

    Abbbp Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2013 Texas

    Russian River Damnation at the Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub. Crazy to think it was just in October 2012!
  2. isaackaiju

    isaackaiju Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2014 Texas

    Lagunitas IPA and Coronado Brewing Orange Ave Wit
  3. BubalooBrewMaster

    BubalooBrewMaster Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2013 Nevada

    Prob fat tire,blue moon,...
  4. Scrapss

    Scrapss Pooh-Bah (2,158) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Old Latrobe Rolling Rock, Youghiogheny River Stoney's, Yuengling Porter, Pete's Wicked Ale. Am I showing my age here? :slight_smile:
  5. Woodman70

    Woodman70 Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Wisconsin

    My brother in law turned me onto New Glarus 20 years ago...and grew from there...went style to style until I found the styles that I really liked the most...Pale Ales and Stouts are my beer of choice..but still love a good German Pils/Hefeweisen/witbier
  6. Willcook

    Willcook Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2014 Illinois

  7. GtheBeerMan

    GtheBeerMan Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2014 Tennessee

    Guinness did it for me.
  8. Jay_Ulreich

    Jay_Ulreich Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2014 Indiana

    I am proud to say that my Dad gave me my first Stone IPA. BUT... as a youngin I had tasted Sam Adams Scotch Ale and my taste buds have never been the same. That was over 20 years ago. My my how the industry has grown!
  9. TreyIsWilson

    TreyIsWilson Pooh-Bah (2,543) May 8, 2013 Michigan

    The first micro brew I had was a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat @ a Dead show in 1994. Then discovered Pete's Wicked Ale, Dundee Honey Brown, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Oh heady times.
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  10. alexk307

    alexk307 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2013 Maryland

    DFH 60 Minute. Still one of my favorite 6pks ever.
  11. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    This is a tough one... but I'd say a combination of Sam Adams Octoberfest, Newcastle, Blue Moon, and Alaskan Amber periodically over a 10 year period. None of them are particularly amazing brews (especially Newcastle :wink:), but all are very approachable and craft-newb friendly. Eventually, out of sheer curiosity and a dash of adventurous spirit, I started trying everything I could get my hands on (and afford); thus, a monster was born!
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  12. JArmour15

    JArmour15 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    DFH 60 Minute. Went to college 45 mins from the brewery in the late 90's early 2000's. What a great place to be close to.
  13. Rilesmiles

    Rilesmiles Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Wisconsin

    New Glarus and Lakefront in Milwaukee. Plenty of styles, always good quality, and available at every store in mke. It was a perfect storm.
  14. lmperialChad

    lmperialChad Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2013 Colorado

    It was probably Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale followed by Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
  15. Hacka

    Hacka Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 New York

    Always liked Guinness, Blue Point,Blue Moon. Ordered several 'weird' beers from Lets Pour last summer and then started looking for craft beer at beer distributors- once I had a Backwoods Bastard I was hooked, have a fridge full of crafts now.
  16. Johnny_Muir

    Johnny_Muir Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Pyramid Heffeweizen. First local beer I got into from a brewery was a Kolsch.
  17. Juanlopez03

    Juanlopez03 Zealot (518) May 11, 2013 Nevada

    Deschutes mirror pond, widmer hefewiezen, fat tire
  18. ricecracker420

    ricecracker420 Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 California

    Stone Brewing Vertical Epic '08 was my intro to craft beer, bought it on my 21st birthday
  19. fuhkyou

    fuhkyou Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Idaho

    The original Black Star golden lager in Whitefish, MT
  20. tommykimchi

    tommykimchi Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2013 California

    Saison Dupont is what brought me into the beer world.
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  21. cmds

    cmds Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2013 Texas

    Victory Storm King
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  22. Acropora

    Acropora Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 California

    Black Tuesday 2011 on tap at The Bruery tasting room.. I remember it like it was yesterday..
  23. Emnmarko

    Emnmarko Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan

    Blue Moon, Bells Amber ale and New Belgium Fat Tire. Now its any double IPA. I turned into an ibu junky.
  24. santa216

    santa216 Crusader (462) Mar 23, 2011 Indiana

    Oddly enough, Hopslam did it for me. Bartender at a college bar got a keg and recommended it. I haven't looked back since.
  25. sternamagrapha7x

    sternamagrapha7x Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2013 Michigan

    Founders Mango Magnifico, at the Brewery 1st experience with craft beer, had a tier 3 sampler. that was last june and i now have a 35 btl cellar full and iv brewed 4 batches of beer and 2 ciders. i think i have an addiction...

    i did drink blue moon and summer shandy before that.. but i dont consider those "craft"
  26. MattyEsq

    MattyEsq Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    During college in Vermont, early 2000's, started drinking Magic Hat. They had a good variety of pale ales back then. Then they sold out so I rarely drink it now!
  27. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey

    Same here. Shiner's still one of my favorites
  28. isenblatter

    isenblatter Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2006 Indiana

    Shoreline Brewery's Curse The Goat
  29. yuenglingfan101

    yuenglingfan101 Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2010 Ohio

    Sam Adams Boston Lager was my gateway into the craft beer world. At the time it was the only craft beer i could get in my hometown
  30. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio

    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold...circa 1997 or so
  31. aasher

    aasher Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    Upland Wheat, DFH 60 Minute, and Gumballhead for me in 2008. It's created a monster.
  32. Levich

    Levich Zealot (597) Nov 14, 2011 Massachusetts

    For me it was basically Harpoon IPA that got me started on my journey. While I was in college in Maine ('98-'02), we drank a lot of Geary's Hampshire Special Ale, Shipyard, and Gritty's Black Fly Stout. PLus I still remember my first Storm King and Hop Devil.
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  33. leaversuch

    leaversuch Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Massachusetts

    Harpoon IPA got me into good beer after college.

    Lagunitas IPA taught me that there were better beers around and got me exploring more.

    Heady Topper completely blew my mind and got me really hooked on Craft Beer.
  34. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

  35. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Zealot (687) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    Sam Adams Hefeweizen.
  36. HOMEPL8

    HOMEPL8 Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2010 Virginia

    Bells Two Hearted on cask.

    I had other quality beers prior (Stealhead EPA, Smutty Nose PA) but it was Two Hearted that sunk the hook, never to be removed.
  37. WelshBrewer

    WelshBrewer Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 Oregon

    Kona Pipeline Porter
  38. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia

    Sierra nevada harvest, specifically southern. Remember I tried hoptimum and a local 'estate' ale and hated them. Then one day I was at a crappy bar and they had southern harvest and I tried it. LIGHT BULB
  39. T0DIEF0R

    T0DIEF0R Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2013 California

    La Fin Du Monde

    Worked my way through Belgians before I entered the U.S. craft world.
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  40. MilesBBN

    MilesBBN Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 Indiana

    Weihenstaphaner hefeweissbier, still my favorite, but its grown from there
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