A few days ago, a friend of mine and I had a discussion about him wanting to try new beers in order to really better understand what beer meant. He wanted to know which beers are the most important for him to drink, in order for him to really know what beer is. Going beyond what are the most fashionable beers today, or the most highly rated, he wanted to understand which beers contributed the to our current understanding of beer and how they came to define beer culture - pioneers of the various beer styles, the best examples of different types of beer, and which beers actually really changed the drinking scene across the world, as well as beers that bore a cultural heritage or were reminiscent of a historical time. I thought it might be interesting then to form a list of which beers I thought were the most important beers to try, as well as to see what others might suggest. My list: Pilsner Urquell Schneider Weisse Heady Topper Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Anchor Steam Hofbrau Dunkel and Helles Budweiser Hoegarden Anything Chimay or Westveterlen What's your list?