What was your gateway craft beer?

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  1. free2scour

    free2scour Aspirant (217) Dec 19, 2011 North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...............many years ago.
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  2. HermitDan

    HermitDan Pundit (929) Apr 30, 2016 New Jersey

    I remember when I was in highschool, my best friend's dad was really into craft beer. He would allow us to drink at their house as long as we didn't do anything stupid and we had to stay the night. The first time we did this we had:
    Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
    Abita Purple Haze
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Trappist Tripel
    Victory Hopdevil
    The Lagunitas and the Victory were immediately favorites of mine.
  3. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,263) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Yep, that was their stated position as I recall (that the decision to participate was voluntary). In fact, I believe that was their stated position in the lawsuit. IMHO, that was complete BS (and I gather St. Stan's felt the same way.)
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  4. Somajiahu

    Somajiahu Aspirant (292) Dec 20, 2016 Virginia

    Growing up in Baltimore in the 60s and 70s, I felt that beer was just about the nastiest liquid anyone could drink. Even the smell of Carling Black Label and Natty Boh or PBR had the allure of toilet bowl water to me. Decades passed and I thought no beer need ever pass my lips.

    I was wrong.

    One afternoon -- I must have been 45 years old -- I was at a spiritual gathering with some dear friends and was handed a chalice. I sipped and was astounded at the taste. "What is this?" I asked.

    "Midas Touch," was the reply. "It's beer."

    "Oh, I don't think so," I scoffed. "Beer doesn't taste like this. This is amazing!"

    He showed me the bottle and I read that the label. It was indeed a beer and even better, it was an archeological recreation, which intrigued me -- history and archeology are passions of mine -- but even more interesting was that the brewery, Dogfish Head, was located in Milton, Delaware, which was also near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a vacation spot I hadn't visited in far too many years. I realised I now had wonderful reason to go back, besides just hanging out at an awesome beach.

    Beer. Truly life-changing beer.

    With one taste, I was now not only now a nascent Dogfish Head fan, I knew that I wanted to explore more beers like Midas Touch. I needed to make a pilgrimage to the brewery explore what Dogfish Head had to offer. Now, 15 years later, I still am and will be a lifelong fan. Even more though, I am a lifelong fan of craft beer, independently brewed and unwilling to compromise on certain values.

    I am grateful for advice Sam Calagione once gave me: taste every beer at least once and explore goodness.

    Got it. Cheers!
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  5. mdcarone1

    mdcarone1 Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Harpoon IPA
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  6. Mortarforker

    Mortarforker Maven (1,441) Oct 27, 2004 Texas

    Sam Adams Boston Lager
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  7. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Grand Pooh-Bah (3,800) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Late to the party but for me it was Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino brewing. I still (although i havent seen it in a few years, pretty sure it is currently not being brewed) have a hard time separating my nostalgia for that time from my appraisal of this beer. This site calls it an 'American Strong Ale', but I just remember the rich full flavor and being so surprised by that aspect of a beer. Shortly after I was introduced to Old Rasputin from North Coast brewing. Same kind of revelation. So much for Natty Ice for me. Good riddance
  8. LarryV

    LarryV Grand Pooh-Bah (4,744) Jun 13, 2001 Massachusetts
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    Pete's Wicked, followed by Tremont IPA and Tremont Ale. Tremont was the brainchild of Chris Lohring and their beers were excellent. I was sad to see Tremont close as it was my favorite beer at the time, I still miss it to this day. It was more of an English style beer with their own proprietary yeast and just well crafted beers in general. I loved the Lost Brewery tours Tremont used to host in the Boston area. That's how I first discovered the camaraderie of beer lovers.
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  9. BeRightBock

    BeRightBock Zealot (557) Apr 27, 2007 New York

  10. Grammaticus

    Grammaticus Initiate (128) Jul 27, 2014 Ohio

    A handful of beers from the British isles: Guinness, Samuel Smith's Pale Ale, McEwen's Scotch Ale, McAndrew's.
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  11. Joedonlon13

    Joedonlon13 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2018 New Jersey

    I was in cooking school in the early 90's, N.E.C.I. in Montpelier VT. The school had a physical activity requirement, we had to keep a log to show we were not just eating our way through the semester.
    Winters in Vermont can be harsh, my roommates car was snowed in, covered completely. So one Sunday morning, Todd grabbed a six pack, a couple of shovels and asked me to help dig out his car, and we could log the time for the school.
    The beers were put in the snowbank and we got to work, some time later half way done, Todd cracked a beer and handed it to me, the beer was like nothing I tasted before, absolutely delicious, it was an Ottercreek Stovepipe Porter....and I was on my way down the craft beer track.
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  12. Fikemeister

    Fikemeister Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2018

    Mine was probably Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; after that it was Spaten. That was 15-16 years ago. Until that time, I was primarily a Coors man, and still love Coors Banquet beer. I am a wheat ale guy; love Franziskaner Heffe; Boulevard Wheat and really like the Marzen styles/Octoberfest. Not big on stouts, or IPA's.
  13. Donovanj

    Donovanj Devotee (315) Mar 21, 2018 Georgia

    I soooooo miss
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  14. bzwier53

    bzwier53 Initiate (177) Dec 31, 2011 New Jersey

    North Coast Brewing Red Seal Ale. Me and my buddies would buy it by the half keg and put it in my homemade keg system in my basement bar. Miss those days.
  15. A_Drunken_Production

    A_Drunken_Production Initiate (155) Aug 14, 2017 Oregon

    Mine was Rusty Chain from Flying Bison (Buffalo, NY).

    Flying Bison's description

    I can't remember exactly when I had my first, but it was the first time I felt like I was breaking from the norm. Most of my friends at the time were into the cheap beers because they wanted more beers for their buck. I was looking for more and with a mellow, malty taste, it was easy to introduce it to others.

    First IPA on the other hand, well, just can't remember off hand.
  16. MikeP

    MikeP Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 Illinois

    Old Milwaukee Light.
  17. KentT

    KentT Pundit (773) Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    For me, the major epiphanies which took me beyond Macro and regional light lager were:

    Beck's and Beck's Dark
    St. Pauli Girl
    Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Scotch Ale
    Anchor Steam
    Pete's Wicked Ale
    Brewski Ale
    Guinness Stout
    Arrogant Bastard
    Dead Guy Ale
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  18. KettleBellFreak

    KettleBellFreak Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2015 Tennessee

    Such a dumb, stupid beer I probably wouldn't drink now. But Terrapin PBJ porter. Showed me that beer could be way more far out than pilsners and lagers everyone else around me drank. Went down the stout rabbit hole till I had an infected BCBS that killed stouts for me to this day. The beer that showed me IPAs could actually be amazing was a Stone probably. Then it progressively spiraled into needing DDH, brewery only, IIPAs and fruited milkshake IPAs, sours and goses.
  19. Skywave

    Skywave Pooh-Bah (2,217) Feb 28, 2002 Oklahoma
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    Pete's Honey Wheat (RIP)
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  20. Izzy_Izumi

    Izzy_Izumi Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2017 California

    I drank "craft" before, but what really opened up my eyes was this one day a friend of mine invited a few of us out for beers on his dime for "research" (he was a rep) and we all decided to go to Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach as it's super accessible. Ended up drinking Mocha Machine (Imperial Porter with Cacao and Coffee) and for the first time and I was blown away....and probably blowing a DUI later on.

    Even after all the other beers I've had since that day 6-7 years ago, it's still a great beer to me and I indulge myself readily.
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