Your favorite beer across your timeline (before BeerAdvocate)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by bubseymour, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,162) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
    Beer Trader


    Coors Extra Gold - 1987
    Labatt's Blue -1988
    1989-1993 (black hole of college...Natty Light, Keystone etc)
    1993 - Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
    1994-1996 (guessing timelines) Pete's Strawberry Blonde/ Blue Moon Nut Brown Ale/New Amsterdam
    1997-2000 (guessing timelines) Bass Ale
    2001-2003 Newcastle Brown
    2004-2006 Samuel Smith Winter Welcome & Nut Brown Ale
    2007ish - Flying Dog Raging Bitch (first hop forward beer I actually enjoyed)
    2009 - St. Bernardus Apt 12 (given to me as a X-mas gift from a guy at work...mind blowing)
    2010- Joined beer advocate...and spiraled into the abyss of beer nerdery.
  2. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (3,592) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Well, they're probably due to good/interesting memories more than anything else:
    • Guinness Stout (what!? dark beer!! and it's in a four-pack and it's tasty!!! - late '70s)
    • Robin Hood Cream Ale (for adventure!)
    • U Save Alot (speaks for itself)
    • Bischoff Pilsner (a standby while stationed at Sembach AB, West Germany)
    • Hammerhead Ale (from the Lighthouse Brew Pub on the Oregon coast - my first experience with locally crafted beer and a memorable, inebriated sunset while sitting on a rock in the Pacific as the tide came in and surrounded me with oceanic goodness)
    bret717, cryptichead and TongoRad like this.
  3. lanedlr

    lanedlr Disciple (331) Jul 2, 2014 California
    Beer Trader

    High School - King Cobra and Bud Light
    Junior College - Bass, Sierra Nevada, Stone IPA & Arrogant Bastard
    University - Stone, Sierra Nevada and Unibroue
    Post-University - Joined BA
  4. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,840) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    German lagers which even predate me by a good number of years.
    rgordon, dgmirelli, pianoguy and 6 others like this.
  5. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,230) Dec 25, 2003 California

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale started it all.
    PatrickCT, bret717 and meefmoff like this.
  6. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (163) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I dove in pretty deep right away after I turned 21 but a couple gateway beers for me would be Sam Adams Octoberfest, SNPA, Hofbrau Dunkel, and to a certain extent, Guinness.

    Special mention for the first beer I actively hunted down to Dogfish Head Faithful Ale (I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan).
    bret717 and bstoos like this.
  7. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,928) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
    Premium Member

    • Junior high-school - whatever was available free or cheap
    • High School - Blatz Cream Ale, Schlitz Malt Liquor, and whatever was cheap in the bars
    • College - quarts of Old Style, 64oz pitchers of Miller/Bud lite (drank as glasses)
    • Post-college to age 57 - drank less and less but better, Killians, Dixie Blackened VooDoo, Orkney Skull Splitter
    • Two years ago - headfirst into craft, mostly stouts and BA stouts such as Pirate Bomb, BA Darkness, KBS, BCBS, Central Waters BA beers
    GreenBayBA and bret717 like this.
  8. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,155) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I don't know about qualifying them as 'favorites' but this is what I recall drinking anyway.

    High School - Little Kings
    College - Black Label, Milwaukee's Best
    Post College - Guinness (for the most part, I think)
    bret717 and beergoot like this.
  9. spongebob2

    spongebob2 Initiate (151) Feb 8, 2018 Tennessee

    PBR because dad drank it. Then Old Milwaukee as standard. Mixed in Michelobe - Little Kings then imports - Bass - Newcastle- Labatts-Moosehead-
    Not sure where craft beer came in. Always have tried new stuff.
    GreenBayBA and cryptichead like this.
  10. cryptichead

    cryptichead Champion (867) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Great thread!
    • Euro Pale Lagers (such as Bavaria) - getting small pours from my dad starting at a pretty early age
    • Olde English High Gravity - high school
    • Pilsner Urquell - college search road trip. Probably first beer that blew my mind.
    • PBR, Hamms - college!
    • Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas IPA - first hoppy endeavors
    • Olympia, Henry Weinhards - Pacific Northwest times
    • Milwaukee's Best, Blatz - got me through grad school
    • Everything else - finally started making some money. Bring on DIPAs and BA stuff
  11. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (802) Jan 19, 2013 New Brunswick (Canada)

    Before I was into Beer Advocate, I drank a ton of Moosehead Lager. I still drink it every once in awhile, although maybe just for the nostalgia more than anything :grin:
  12. cryptichead

    cryptichead Champion (867) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I went through a brief Moosehead phase in late high school, early college. It was great stuff. Had some recently and it still tasted great!
    keithmurray, VABA and spongebob2 like this.
  13. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (802) Jan 19, 2013 New Brunswick (Canada)

    I'd take it over any BMC beer any day, but maybe that's just the hometown pride speaking lol!
  14. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,521) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Lol i can't exactly remember, but I'm thinking Hop Devil might have predated me finding BA. But before that I'd say probably Michelob.
  15. beer_beer

    beer_beer Devotee (404) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
    Premium Member

    Karjala III

    Never failed me. Used to drink about four beers in total each week for many many years. Every time it was time for grabbing yet another Karjala it was special. Just tasted optimally. But you didn't want to overdo it, so many other good beers, even then.
    #15 beer_beer, Mar 9, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
    bret717 likes this.
  16. spongebob2

    spongebob2 Initiate (151) Feb 8, 2018 Tennessee

    I bought Hop Devil before I knew what hops were - mixed it with Bud Light lol.
  17. Balareon

    Balareon Initiate (133) Mar 1, 2018 England

    Just started drinking this year.

    January- Sam Smiths Old style bitter (I actually hate bitters now)
    Late January- guinness
    February - visited belgium, loved everything, chimay blue was my favorite.
    Got back from Belgium and joined beer advocate.
  18. spelingchampeon

    spelingchampeon Defender (646) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    High school: Schlitz Malt Liquor and Bud. Wiedemanns or Miller ponies.
    US Navy: Genesee Cream or Bud, until formaldehyde in Budweiser almost killed me.
    Post Military: Schlitz again, and then Killians Red for many years.
    Married with chi!dren: Coors Light, Beamish, Murphy's, Yuengling Black & Tan.
    After kids have moved out: Samuel Adams Cream Stout, Youngs Double Chocolate, Coors Light.
    Beer Advocate: Stouts, Porters, Browns, BIPA, IPA, DIPA, SIPA, DDH, NEIPA.
    Future: No idea
    Premo88, Troutbeerbum and bret717 like this.
  19. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 17, 2013 Germany
    Beer Trader

    High School - Moosehead
    College - Big Rock Grasshopper & Traditional
    After College - Unibroue Trois Pistoles
    After After College - Hair of the Dog Adam
    Over the past 5 years - LOTS! Bourbon County, Pugachev's cobra, Sucaba, Uncle Jacob's, etc.
    Premo88 and bret717 like this.
  20. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (412) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    Pre craft beer I liked to sample everything available in Maryland just to taste what it was like: Rheingold Extra Dry, Schaeffers, Schlitz regular and malt liquor, Colt 45, Schmidts (in college used to get cases of returnables), Heineken and Lowenbrau. I had a really really bad experience with Guiness when a buddy of mine and I ordered a pitcher of it in some Irish pizza joint in Laurel called Delaney's; our youthful palates thought it tasted like hot garbage particularly with pizza. It's only been in the last couple years that that aversion has been overcome. And then some.

    Moving to Ohio, after sampling things like Strohs, PBR, Old Milwaukee and Blatz (really disliked that) my faves settled on Genesee regular and particularly cream ale in returnables.

    Going on my honeymoon in Nova Scotia opened my palate to a lot of brews that I thought tasted great. It's hard to remember them now but they had names like Sail and Keith's or O'Keefes. Once we got home of course I couldn't find them but made do with Molson's Golden Ale and Moosehead. Somewhere along the line I had an infatuation with St. Pauli Girl.

    The first craft I can remember was, I think, Sneaky Pete's Maple Ale, maybe a porter; it was different. Then I had my first Arrogant Bastard which really opened my eyes. Since then it was Hennepin and La Fin du Monde which were my faves.

    Then came BA.
    seakayak and bret717 like this.
  21. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,581) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    1979 - 1983 Bud, Miller High Life, Miller Lite & Bud Lite
    1984 - 1986 Weller & Water
    1987 - 1994 Salty Dog/Grey Hound (w gin)
    1995 - 1999 Zinfindel
    2000 - 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
    2005 - 2010 Sarah/Cote du Rhone
    2010 - 2013 Rose (dry > 13.4%)
    2014 - present Good Beer
    Thru all the hard liquor and wine days I would have an occasional Shiner Bock, Shiner Black or Negra Modelo. I will admit if I ever give up beer I would go back to the salty dogs or the rose, they drink so well in the Houston heat.
    bret717 likes this.
  22. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (831) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member

    Started using BA around 2002, so here goes:

    High school/early 90s: Coors Light (party balls ROCK!)

    College/mid 90s: George Killian's Irish Red (unbeknownst to me at the time, is also Coors)

    Post-grad/late 90s: Guinness Stout, but I did start drinking a lot of craft at this point. A couple local brewpubs and a decent supply of Boulevard products in Iowa helped. As did trips to Munich and London.

    After that/early 2000s: Living in the ATL, there wasn't a huge craft beer scene, but Sweetwater was making some nice simple stuff and the few brewpubs that were there did a decent job as well.

    2002 & forward: Lived in Denver just as craft beer really started to gain some serious momentum. Neat time to be part of the scene. BA has certainly been a big part of that.
    CaptainHate, nc41 and bret717 like this.
  23. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (2,011) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Some of my go-to beers from the mid-90s...

    Bud Ice
    Labatts Blue
    Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
    Bar Harbor Real Ale
    Bass Pale Ale
    Victory Hop Devil
    Stoudts APA
    Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weiss
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    Ayinger Oktoberfest
    Trumer Pils
    Harrison8 and bret717 like this.
  24. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Meyvn (1,327) Jan 26, 2013 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    For me it was the Moosehead Pale Ale (Moose Red) during high school and university. I go to NB twice a year to go to "camp" with buddies I have known since then (about 30 years now). The official beer of those trips is Moose Red, which no longer has a red label :slight_frown:
    PorterPro125 likes this.
  25. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (284) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    From 2005 to today
    2005-06 - Budweiser & Miller Lite (Early College)
    2007-09 - Busch Lite and Keystone (Late College)
    2010-2012 - Highland Gaelic Ale and Highland St. Therese Pale (Moved to North Carolina)
    2013-14 - Bells Two Hearted (Moved back to Michigan from NC)
    2015-16 - Founders Dirty Bastard and Centennial
    2017 - Joined Beer Advocate and realize there is a real difference between a drinking problem and buying problem. I have a real buying problem
    jakecattleco and bret717 like this.
  26. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,258) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Early/mid-1970s - (NJ, VT, ME and MA) Ballantine XXX Ale, Ballantine India Pale Ale, McSorley's Ale, Croft Ale, Pickwick Ale, Black Horse Ale (NJ), Stegmaier Porter, 'Gansett Porter, Rheingold, Schaefer (draught in bars).

    Mid-70s- (LA & SF) - Rainier Ale, Anchor Steam Beer, Olympia, Acme, lots of Lucky Lager and other General supermarket beers.

    Late '70s - (Upstate NY) - Matts Premium (long necks and draught at bars) Genesee 12 Horse Ale (long necks), Ballantine XXX Ale, Maximus Super.

    Late 70s-early 80s (NJ) - Ballantine XXX Ale, IPA and Brewers Gold Ale, Lord Chesterfield Ale, Yuengling Porter, Augsburger, McSorleys (Ortlieb & Schmidt), New Amsterdam.
    Early/mid-80s - (Southern Tier NY) Lord Chesterfield Ale, Ballantine XXX Ale, Utica Club Cream Ale, Matts, Black Horse Ale (Koch), Koch's Jubilee Porter, Molson Brador, Newman's (visits to Albany), Straub Beer.

    Late 80s > Date (NJ) - Played the field - countless craft and imports.
  27. honkey

    honkey Disciple (301) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona

    2008- Drank my first beer: New Glarus Spotted Cow. After that I tried every craft beer I could in Wisconsin throughout the summer while I was in Madison. Went back to college in Alabama and went to a keg party on my first day as a freshman and did a keg stand. I had never had a lite beer before and I immediately thought there was something wrong with the beer. If I remember correctly it was Keystone lite. I ended up joining the BA forum shortly after so that I could ask questions in the homebrewing forum and I started brewing my own beer since Alabama laws at the time restricted beers over 6.25% ABV which meant we had basically no craft beer.
  28. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Disciple (322) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    1970s bud, Miller, sometimes lowinbraw
    1980s coors light
    1990s coors light and a trip to Belgium lots of beer, can't spell them
    2000s Guinness, copper ale, smutty, shipyard and a few vt Brewers
    2012 forward began home brewing and stopped buying beers.
  29. bret717

    bret717 Savant (901) Dec 8, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Early 90's (high school, PA)- Miller Genuine Draft, Goebels, Mickey's and the occasional foray into "fancy" beers like Newcastle, Becks and Amstel.

    Mid 90's (college, PA & MT)- Crazy Horse, Olde English 800, Colt 45, PBR, Jacob's Best, Schaeffer, Straub, Yuengling Premium, Old Milwaukee. More occasional microbrews at the local bar during happy hour, and a lot of Pyramid, Red Hook and Spanish Peaks during my time in MT.

    Early 2000's (post-college, OR)- PBR, Hamm's and Olympia mainly, with an occasional microbrew like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Laurelwood IPA, and Terminal Gravity IPA.

    Mid 2000's till 2013 (back in PA)- PBR, Hamm's and Miller High Life interspersed with increasingly more microbrews like Stoudt's, Victory, Dogfish Head and Troegs

    2013 (still in PA, joined BA)- whatever the hell I can get my hands on, mostly American craft, and German, English and Belgian imports.
  30. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Aspirant (228) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    2004-Labatt Blue
    2005-Coors Light
    2006-Sam Adams Hefeweizen
    2007-Every Belgian at Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ (Chimay, Westmalle, etc.) Sam Adams Old Fezziwig
    2008-Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale/Chicory Stout, Stone Ruination, Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner
    2009-Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre, Victory Storm King Stout
    2010-Dogfish Head 60/90 Minute, Sam Adams Dunkelweizen
    2011-Joined BA
    GreenBayBA and GormBrewhouse like this.
  31. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,264) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
    Premium Member

    Wow...can't say there were "favorites" in the early days except for Miller longnecks when bowling with my Dad...

    Let's see...1975 or so...whatever I could get in volume that was cheap since beer was easier to get than liquor. So things like Stroh's, Red Dog, Piels Real Draft, Haffenreffer, Schlitz (I still vaguely remember the headache), Natty Light. I remember kinda actually liking Falstaff. Liked Coors probably because it was hard to get and felt like a major score...hmmmm...things have changed :rolling_eyes: Certainly not drinking for the taste in those days. If I could afford it and it had alcohol, I drank it and lots of it. That eventually got to the problem stage so in the middle 1980's range I just stopped drinking alcohol.

    By the time I started having a beer or two again, Sam Adams was the "go to", Sierra Nevada was around, and some imports - notably Samuel Smith's, which I guess you could say was my introduction to "higher end" beer. Still like a Taddy Porter, Nut Brown, or oatmeal stout once in a while.

    When my parents lived in Vermont, started drinking Long Trail and Catamount. Geary's would sneak in once in a while.

    Officially joined BA in 2011 and the got on the express lane to hell, I guess. Certainly haven't looked back! Favorites now - well, hard to say really. Allagash is the only one I would say is etched in stone as No. 1, but there's quite a pack nipping at their heels. Jack's Abby, Sixpoint, Boulevard, Founders, New Glarus, Stone, Proclamation, Mystic (might have a lock on No. 2), Pretty Things was a huge favorite, Clown Shoes - there's quite a collection that would be top 20 - 25. Probably contrary to most, I am fond of Harpoon as they produce solid, every day beers and show their skills with the barrel series and other special brews. And to be further contrarian, I still think Boston Beer Co. makes good beer.
  32. pjbear05

    pjbear05 Aspirant (202) May 28, 2008 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Started getting into beer in the mid 70's, and daresay mostly Bud and PBR. An occasional Michelob or Lowenbrau (hey, they were decent back then, ha ha.)

    In the early 80's, while still living in Detroit, made numerous runs to the BRO in Windsor for beer. Got heavily into Molson Brador and John Labatt's Special Stock.

    After moving to FL in the Mid 80's stated getting into Brit beers, Lots Of Bass, Harp, Samuel Smith's Fuller's, etc. Stuck with that until 2005 or so, when someone introduced me to Bell's Lager on a vacation back in MI. A few years later went back, visited the Eccentric, and had my first Two - Hearted on draft. At that point it was on. Started seeking out crafts and Micros. Then came TW's, followed by craft festivals, followed by local breweries. Heaven!
    seakayak and GormBrewhouse like this.
  33. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (802) Jan 19, 2013 New Brunswick (Canada)

    Ahh yes, the pale ale is good stuff as well. The red label is gone, but I really dig the new style of the cans and bottle labels.
  34. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (150) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    Nice thread idea! I will chronicle mine as such:
    All through my 20's: Coors light, Labatt Blue, Coors original, and on occasion, the almost always skunked green bottle of Heineken, Grolsch, or Becks
    Early 30's-Boulevard Wheat, Sierra Nevada, some Two Hearted for a treat, and lots and lots of Keystone Ice. Good lord, feels good to get that off my chest.
    Mid to late 30's: Finally got a decent job and haven't looked back.
  35. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (195) May 7, 2017 Utah
    Beer Trader

    '88-'90 - Lorenbrau (but really anything we could score)
    90'-'93 - Milwakees Best - Coors and Coors Extra Gold - Rolling Rock
    '94-'99 - Coors - Miller High Life in the bottle - Homebrew
    '99-'07 - Coors - Miller High Life in the bottle and a shitton of JD
    '07-'10 - Water
    '11-'15 - Coors - Miller High Life in the Bottle - Guiness - La Fin Du Monde - Epic Smoked porter and Smoked & oaked
    '15 Big Bad Baptist
    '16 Abyss
    '17 tough to pick one as last year was my first year really exploring all types of beer but my standout would probably be Baptista or Dissident
    GreenBayBA, dcotom and GormBrewhouse like this.
  36. BJC

    BJC Initiate (181) Nov 9, 2002 New Jersey

    With a few exceptions (mostly based on geography), these were my choices (when available) during the same time periods. Although I would add Labatt IPA and Molson Stock Ale after trips to Ontario.
    HoppingMadMonk and GormBrewhouse like this.
  37. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Disciple (322) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    I must add Stegmyers in 1979 5.99 a case.awfull but what I could afford
  38. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,863) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    HS, college - Stroh's
    Post-college to BA - didn't drink much
    BA to present - PseudoSue and DDH variants
  39. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (190) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This is tough to remember:

    High school - Keystone Light/Ice, Natty Light/Ice, and Miller High Life/High Life Light.

    College: Lionshead and a ton of PBR in the beginning and then shifting towards Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian towards the end of my college days. I would also drink Shock Top, Blue Moon, and Hoegaarden along with other "craft" beer.

    Post college: I would/will basically drink anything craft wise. I was on and off with hoppy beers, loved pumpkin beers at one point, but now I pretty much drink/try anything. I'm all over the place lol.
    GormBrewhouse, GreenBayBA and bret717 like this.
  40. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,258) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Now, see, I'll always remember Labatt IPA as one of the biggest disappointments of my beer drinking career, having been a fan of Ballantine India Pale Ale. "What is this !@#$%!"

    Molson Stock Ale I never could find in my trips across the border when I lived 15 miles away, after having a can that was "self-imported" by friends of upstate NY relatives. Every Ontario Beer Store I ever went to gave me a "Yeah, we don't carry that one anymore - but we have Molson Export Ale!"

    Speaking of the Canadian Big Two, tho' - always like their porters (one was pretty sweet as I recall) along with a Carling-O'Keefe one, too. (Name is slipping my mind on C-O'K's...oh, yeah Champlain Porter.)
    CaptainHate and TongoRad like this.