What was your "premium beer" before you discovered craft?

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  1. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Point Bock, Leinie's Big Butt and Creamy Dark. Good times.
  2. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Aug 12, 2007 California
    Society Trader

    In my mind, everything I drank was premium. A lot of malt liquor, though. I'm "thankful" like Marshawn Lynch that times have changed... for the better.
  3. puboflyons

    puboflyons Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    Most anything Canadian. Molson Canadian (never the Golden), Labatt 50 (rarely the Blue), Moosehead, Schooner and Molson Brador when it was briefly available in the USA in the early 1980's.
  4. hopsputin

    hopsputin Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Stella and Bud Select
  5. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Michelob. Wasn't really premium, but had a cool looking bottle.
  6. ItsYourBoyBlue

    ItsYourBoyBlue Feb 23, 2014 Washington

    For me it was all about Boston Lager and Newcastle.
  7. HeartofMiami

    HeartofMiami Sep 20, 2014 Florida

  8. Beer_Loving_Brandon

    Beer_Loving_Brandon Jan 5, 2015 Mississippi

    Sam Adams and Amber Bock (not really premium).

    I used to love the holiday Amber Bock variety packs. That variety pack earned me a lot of "firsts" in regards to types of beers.
  9. Boto

    Boto Apr 26, 2003 Connecticut

    Molson Golden.
  10. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Back in the 80s Michelob was 10 cents more at the American Legion and I gladly paid it.
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  11. Premo88

    Premo88 Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale

    (and Young's Ram Rod and Young's Special London Ale, which I can't find anywhere in Texas, dammit)
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  12. gengle

    gengle Oct 10, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Lots of the Canadian stuff, Watneys Red Barrel, Heineken, Stella, Yuengling Porter & Lord Chesterfield, Stoudts Gold and Scarlett Lady, and one of my favs even to this day, Theakston Old Peculiar.
  13. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    We called it microbrew :wink:
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  14. stingley

    stingley Sep 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Michelob was top shelf back in the day... like in the 80s... :rolling_eyes:
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  15. KeithE

    KeithE Sep 10, 2013 Illinois

    Blue Moon, 312, and Fat Tire
  16. iTunesUpdates

    iTunesUpdates May 7, 2014 Florida

    Sam Adams Variety packs
  17. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Nov 14, 2012 Illinois

    Boston Lager (still delicious) and Corona (unfortunately it's always skunked, not sure how I ever thought skunked beer was good). Around junior year of college I regularly bought Sam Adams variety backs and I was hooked.
  18. Cyberkedi

    Cyberkedi Dec 25, 2006 Georgia

    Samuel Adams. Of course, it all depends on how you define craft beer. Boston Lager or Ale is my go-to beer if nothing else is available. In the Southeast, it's Sweetwater, but that is a craft.
  19. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Aug 10, 2013 California

    I actually had three levels of "premium" beer, Natural Ice and Light plus malt liquors (40 ouncers) were at the bottom, Budweiser was middle, and the highest level was Guinness Extra Stout and Michelob Amber Bock. All beer is premium because it gets you drunk, but premium has levels, cheers!
  20. Ale_Dog

    Ale_Dog May 13, 2014 New York

    Back in my under age drinking days (many moons ago) we thought we were doing well if we could land some Michelob because it came in those cool torpedo head bottles. We were really living large though if we could score that top of the line European beer--Lowenbrau.
    Good times
  21. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Shock Top, Blue Moon, and Shiner Bock.
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  22. OldCrustacean79

    OldCrustacean79 Jan 20, 2012 Connecticut

    I thought I was a bad ass bring Carlsbad to party's at age 22 lol
  23. imfatsowhat

    imfatsowhat Aug 20, 2013 California

    Newcastle & Heiniken
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  24. hoppyman81

    hoppyman81 Jun 4, 2010 California

    I remember the days when we would splurge on the Henry Weinhard's in college. Oh the good ol' days
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  25. Skoallio

    Skoallio Apr 30, 2014 Florida

    I started off with craft beer.
  26. hoppyman81

    hoppyman81 Jun 4, 2010 California

    I forgot about Corona, you knew the party was good if they had Coronas and limes!!
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  27. PGD120

    PGD120 Jan 20, 2015 New Jersey

    as soon as i was 21 i got into craft. new there had to be better stuff than aal's. sort of helped that my uncle was very into belgians and stuff before that though.
  28. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Jan 15, 2014 Illinois

  29. GeoSteve

    GeoSteve Aug 11, 2014 Maryland

    Yuengling for me. I still very much enjoy it. Molson Canadian was my favorite, but I considered Yuengling a step above. Must say I still enjoy a Molson once in a while, too...
  30. loafinaround

    loafinaround Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Ayinger, Aventinus, and Paulaner

    now guess my nationality :rolling_eyes:
  31. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Lowenbrau Dark, Michelob, and Leinenkugel Original were my go tos in the early 90s. Then I drank these and a lot if Boston Lager, Guinness, and Petes Wicked Ale and Lager in college.
  32. slipperysoup

    slipperysoup Jul 1, 2014 Illinois

    Guinness, and Stella (foil top = no brainer).
  33. pgrenvicz

    pgrenvicz Nov 15, 2013 Georgia

    Bass, Guiness, 420, Stella
  34. BigHopValley

    BigHopValley Jul 18, 2014 Washington

    A year out of H. school there was a A.B. semi-truck rollover on I-94 in my hometown MI.
    We followed the dump trucks and later that night hauled out 23 cases of Andeker...blurriest summer of my life.
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  35. sillyhed8

    sillyhed8 Mar 15, 2014 California

    Sam Adams was the best beer for me in the early 90's. (still holds a special place in my heart). And of course, Newcastle.
  36. doktorhops

    doktorhops Jan 12, 2011 Australia

    Guinness was my winter go-to-brew back before I had craft.

    Corona was my summer go-to-brew... how we've all changed right?
  37. oldsailor

    oldsailor Mar 18, 2008 Connecticut

    Blue moon with an orange all the way! Man we thought we were awesome!

  38. DeanMoriarty

    DeanMoriarty May 9, 2010 California

    Bass, Guinness, Old Speckled Hen, etc.......
  39. Samldc

    Samldc Jul 16, 2014 New York

    Heineken, Lowenbrau, and Moosehead
  40. italynstallyn44

    italynstallyn44 Jan 29, 2011 New Jersey

    Hoegaarden. Still enjoy it though.
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