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    What was the beer that got you drinking beer?

    For me, it was Warsteiner Dunkel. I don't drink it much anymore, and when I do, it's okay, but that one really opened my eyes to the world of beer.

    Before that it was Labatts, Molson, Killians, or Heineken, and none of those ever really got me excited about beer...
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    First it was Icehouse. Then Pete's Wicked Ale. Then Pete's Wicked Summer Brew. Then Pete's Strawberry Blonde.

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    Whatever you could get your hands on when you were 18 and in college?
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Probably the Olympia my dad let me try when I was 10.

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    After all of the usual domestics a friend turned me on to Henry Weinhard's in the early 80's. Nothing exotic just a step up and a realization there's more to beer.
    It's been a great ride.

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    I started off Drinking Rolling Rock because my Alcoholic EX-Brother in law drank it and when he would come over that is what he would bring, I was only 19 at the time (yes I got married at 19, still am married at age 37.....).

    When I turned 21 I started purchasing Rolling Rock and then was turned on to Newcastle and I drank that until I discovered Craft Beer around 2003/2004. It was then that I had Alesmith ESB and I left Macro Beer in the dust.

    So for me Alesmith is what turned be on to Good Beer. But it was not the first beer I drank.
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    It was Guinness, a long time ago. I thought to myself, "there is beer that doesn't taste like shit".

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    "Got Me Drinking" .. For me that is slightly less romantic of a story.. I was a mere 16 when my coworkers started telling me to join them after work for drinks. Somehow I held out until I turned 18 - they took me to a few strip clubs on my 18th birthday ( the only birthday day I have ever worked in my life - they said they would not take me out if I called in sick ). Many of the strip clubs had a 2 drink minimum and since I was with 10 guys who looked plenty old enough to drink - I got to drink too ( probably doesn't work that way these days )...

    Anyway, back in those days "Avalanche" was about the most popular thing around in colorado restaurants, pubs, bars, etc. The guys from work would order 3 pitchers of that - so that is what I was "allowed to sneak" a drink of while we were all out for dinner. After a few months of "sneaking" drinks - all the staff just assumed I was legal. Then "Fat Tire" quickly became the most popular drink, and since all my coworkers did the ordering, that is what I started drinking.

    I drank that nasty intestine bomb until I got a new job and then I was introduced to IPA's by my new boss and it's been IPA ever since.

    Somehow I just killed a 15 gallon keg of Fort George Vortex IPA yesterday and I bought the darn thing less than 30 days ago.

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    Back then Heineken and lowenbrau were the imports. I kinda wonder what lowenbrau is now, we don't see it anymore. The Henry weinhards started showing up.

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    Lowenbrau is one of Munich's big 6, now part of Spaten, now all part of conglomerate that owns Anheuser-Busch as well now.

    It's fairly available where I am in a few different styles, but it's not my favorite Munich brewery.

    These days I usually prefer something from Paulaner or Augustinerbrau from those big Munich breweries.
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    What was the beer that got you drinking beer?-uploadfromtaptalk1438723325102.jpg

    Was never a big beer drinker in my youth. This was beer of choice when I started out.

    Actually first alcoholic beverage I had was a Miami Wine Cooler

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    The first beer I ever drank? probably either Coors Light or Rolling Rock. I was like 14 and stole it out the fridge and drank it in the woods.
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    An English bitter called Brakspeares Bitter, back when I visited the UK as a naive 21 year old in 2002. It was the local brew at the pub near the house we were staying (in Wokingham) with Dads friends. My first thought was "yuck", second thought "damn my yard glass would have been easier if it was full of this stuff, it's not so bad and goes down real easy"....

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    First it was Bass. Then it transitioned to Newcastle. Then Brooklyn came back, and it was the Brown ale and Lager for a bit. But it was Dogfish Head 60 minute which was the inital catalyst towards beer nerd-dom.

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    The beer that got me drinking was Piels. My dad drank the shite out of it. Complete crap, but it got me started. The beer that turned me on to real beer was SNPA. Not what it used to be, but still damn good.

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    I could drink beer with my dad, underage, if I drank Lone Star. I hated it...but loved it. He passed about 8 years ago. I have a Lone Star every now and again to remember.

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the first "craft" I had. Changed my life...at least in the beer world...onward and upward from there.
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    My first beer was a labatt blue . Was very popular in late 80's here in Montréal

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    After the high school crap, Coors Light, or Milwaukee's Best I went into the AF and was stationed in Europe. During that time I drank Heineken in Holland, and real German beer in Germany. The beer in Italy where I lived was actually worse than US domestic BTW. When I got back and started college, I started seeking out decent beer which included Pete's Wicked, Killan's Irish Red, and Anchor Steam.

    Ah, the start of the most wonderful renascence in craft brewing. To think that in my post USAF life the U.S. Went from piss water crap beer to brewing the greatest beers ever.

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    What ever was in pops fridge!

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    Miller High Life, then Shiner Bock

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    Blue Moon than Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada got me into craft beer.

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    Draught Bass

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    Old Style, Special Export, Elephant, Mickeys... all back in freshman year high school. This was a few years before craft brew was a seed.

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    Lagunitas got me to appreciate IPA. That's when I really started to pursue beer.

    Sierra Nevada almost made me quit beer.
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    My dads budweiser for sure at a starting point..

    Sierra Nevada pale ale in the early 90's.

    The one that really got me though and made me start really getting into craft beer, especially the more pricey one's was DogFishHead 90 minute IPA.. someone left 2 outside our condo in Crested Butte (they were leaving and didn't want to take it I guess). It was sooooo gooooddd.. I was shocked when I went to get some and saw the price, nows it pretty normal to see a 4 pack for $10..
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    It was a michelob wheat beer, I have no idea what kind, but I liked it. I had killian's red for a while after that. Tried Gulden Draak and was really impressed and it inspired me to seek out new flavors.

    Fell in love with stouts and dark beer after that, then in the last couple years actually started enjoying more bitter things I didn't like before, namely IPA's.

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    First beer-- Dos Equis in Tijuana when I was 12. Seriously!
    Started really drinking beer -- MGD from a gas station in high school circa 1992.
    Started drinking REAL beer -- Fat Tire in college
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    i grew up in El Paso.

    learned to drink in Juarez MEX. i still remember it fondly. big galvanized buckets full of ice and corona beer. really inexpensive. it was relatively safe back then. now? hmm. maybe not.
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    First beer, Molson Canadian. When I started to appreciate it; GIB (Granville Island Brewery) Honey Lager. Then started trying out a variety of what I refer to as "Macro" micro brews like Sam Adams, Alley Kat, Unibroue, etc. Pale Ales, Honey Lagers, Witbier, Stouts, etc.

    Home brewing wise I got into IPA's like a damn hipster for a while, but lately I've been into Belgian style Ales. I want to try making a Flanders Red eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tier1 View Post
    First beer, Molson Canadian. When I started to appreciate it; GIB (Granville Island Brewery) Honey Lager. Then started trying out a variety of what I refer to as "Macro" micro brews like Sam Adams, Alley Kat, Unibroue, etc. Pale Ales, Honey Lagers, Witbier, Stouts, etc.

    Home brewing wise I got into IPA's like a damn hipster for a while, but lately I've been into Belgian style Ales. I want to try making a Flanders Red eventually.
    You sound like me, seems the taste palette changes over time. I am into anything belgian at the moment. As a home brewer, I almost brew all belgian as its so much more affordable.

    I have a belgian blonde and a belgian Quad on tap.. a golden, trippel and a sour fermenting..
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    My old man used to give me occasional sips of beer as a kid. The first time I had a taste and thought "I get why grown-ups drink this stuff" was Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot.
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    PBR -- 32oz of course

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    Guinness at 18, at a pub with my dad in Dublin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    Guinness at 18, at a pub with my dad in Dublin.
    Lucky guy! The only thing that was available when I was 18 was domestic goat urine. AKA: Bud, Coors, Miller and their light versions. I had uncles that drank more of that shit than water. It's funny how they are all dead now. I didn't really start liking beer till I had a Guinness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Lucky guy! The only thing that was available when I was 18 was domestic goat urine. AKA: Bud, Coors, Miller and their light versions. I had uncles that drank more of that shit than water. It's funny how they are all dead now. I didn't really start liking beer till I had a Guinness.
    Yep, it was a fun time. We sampled many beers that trip, but that was the first. I have family in Dublin and have been a few times. Great city.

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    First beer was Heineken Dark. I was 14 and washing dishes in a restaurant, so on the busy nights, where I was stuck there late, the chef would get me one, because it would look like a coke in the glass, so the owner wouldn't give me grief. That was a regular drink for me for a few years.

    The beer that got me into craft beer was Dock Street Ale back in 1989. Our regular liquor store owner stopped by a party with a mixed case of "Sunday Beer," which my roommates and I hid about the house in hopes of some surviving until Sunday, when the liquor stores were closed in those days. The Dock Street didn't make it to Sunday. (That was my fault.) It was good business development by our local merchant. Our cash outlay for beer definitely went up after his visit.

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    "Now it's Miller time".

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    New Castle, Sierra Nevada Pale ale, Dogfish Head 90...then I started brewing beer and became obsessed with Belgians. Paid $120 for a six pack of westvleteren and really liked it. Rochefort makes my favorite. I rarely drink beer anymore bc carbs are the devil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tier1 View Post
    First beer, Molson Canadian. When I started to appreciate it; GIB (Granville Island Brewery) Honey Lager. Then started trying out a variety of what I refer to as "Macro" micro brews like Sam Adams, Alley Kat, Unibroue, etc. Pale Ales, Honey Lagers, Witbier, Stouts, etc.
    Same here. Though after not liking beer at all at first, it was a cold Kokanee at a party that turned me onto beer. Molson was on tap everywhere and being forestry students Pilsner was big, as was Lucky Lager on the Island. Rickards seemed to be all over and was pretty "meh". We mostly got into Okanagan and Sleemans. We thought they were awesome at the time but looking back they were like macro micros will all their beers being basic styles. Not many other breweries up there either back then. So I'd really say I didn't get into craft beer til I moved to San Diego. Can't recall what would have got me started down here, it has been too much of a blur!

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    Mickeys

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    C, mon, i was 16 and cutting my drinking teeth. I'm 47 now, and my pallet is more refined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntensevCare View Post
    C, mon, i was 16 and cutting my drinking teeth. I'm 47 now, and my pallet is more refined!
    Ok, I feel much better about the whole thing now!

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    Yeah, coors!

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    Qoors for me to! 5.25 a case in the day would hang out in front of liqour stores and ask people to buy for us! somebody always would!

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    Grew up with Budweiser and Bitburger in the house. After college my roommate opened my eyes with a Newcastle. That started me down the road of exploring new and different beer from all over.
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    Back in my high school days we drank Strohs 30 packs. Quantity not quality.

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    I grew up with Bud. With three brothers 10+ years older, I started early!

    But I had an older cousin that used to drink St. Pauli Dark and Becks Dark and he really taught me that beer could actually have flavor.

    The first beer that wasn't mass produced that I really enjoyed was Pete's Wicked. I fought to get that on tap at the bar I worked at and we just blew it out. Great stuff! Miss it!

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    First was Miller Genuine Draft, but Murphy's Irish stout pub draft cans got me into craft beer.


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    Stone IPA. first time i tried it, i thought yuck!

    within a week, i bought a 12 pack

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    I think the very first time I drank beer at a HS party, it was Michelobe.
    Then I drank Budweiser for quite a while, then Miller Genuine Draft.
    Then I didn't really drink at all for years...
    Now, I really only like Sam Adams and Blue Point Ale.
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    Bud in a can.... Pop's favorite!
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    I was 4.

    First micro I had was Anchor Steam, when I was living in the Bay Area many years ago, and when it was still more or less a 'local' beer. Pretty much ruined me on cheap beer forever, except for hot days on the river, when a crappy yellow beer is still the best thing to drink.
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    My first was a Redhook ESB that my brother hooked me up with. Definitely was not a fan at the time.

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    Grew up in Buffalo. Everyone drank Genesee beer back then. When I was 5 my mom would ask me to get her a beer and I'd convince her to let me open it for her (while I was in the kitchen)

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    PBR. Thought it tasted like liquid bread. We were all 15 and 16 years old and passed the quart bottle around in the car. Next Iron City. In college Bud and Old Milwalkee. Miller lite was next (even played on the Miller Lite softball team). It wasn't until I was married and a friend introduced me to Bass and New Castle on tap that I found beers that actually tasted good!

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    Bergychivske from Ukraine! Cooooooooooooool

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    I pretty much hated beer until a few years ago.

    Allagash White make me rethink beer. Then I had a Mogli Porter from Caldera Brewing. #hooked

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    Coors back in high school baby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Coors back in high school baby!
    You just made me barf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    You just made me barf!
    Don't tell me that you were drinking craft beer in high school!
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    We drank a lot of Schaeffer in college (in CO). I haven't seen it in quite awhile, at least in WA state. Is that stuff even brewed anymore? I'd quaff a couple for old time's sake if I could find some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Don't tell me that you were drinking craft beer in high school!
    I didn't drink in HS. I didn't start drinking till I was 21 when I started going out to places that required me to be 21 to get in. And even then I would have at the most two mixed drinks a night. Usually a gin martini. I needed to stay sober because I was always meeting some chick and taking her to my place. And I'm very against drinking and driving. I had a bad experience when I was a kid with my drunk uncle. And actually another bad experience with another drunk uncle. But another uncle taught me how to drink responsible at a very young age. I've never liked domestic shit beer. I'd be willing to bet I haven't consumed more than a case of that shit my whole life. That shits not even real beer. I'd rather drink water. On the other hand I enjoy a good craft beer on a regular basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    We drank a lot of Schaeffer in college (in CO). I haven't seen it in quite awhile, at least in WA state. Is that stuff even brewed anymore? I'd quaff a couple for old time's sake if I could find some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I didn't drink in HS. I didn't start drinking till I was 21 when I started going out to places that required me to be 21 to get in. And even then I would have at the most two mixed drinks a night. Usually a gin martini. I needed to stay sober because I was always meeting some chick and taking her to my place. And I'm very against drinking and driving. I had a bad experience when I was a kid with my drunk uncle. And actually another bad experience with another drunk uncle. But another uncle taught me how to drink responsible at a very young age. I've never liked domestic shit beer. I'd be willing to bet I haven't consumed more than a case of that shit my whole life. That shits not even real beer. I'd rather drink water. On the other hand I enjoy a good craft beer on a regular basis.
    Hahaha, I'd stay sober for poon as well!
    I will say drinking "American Lager" back in high school was a pretty fun right of passage. Good times.
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    Not sure but i really do not have a craving to open a can


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    I still open a can of the domestic from time to time. Although I've been spending $9.00 on canned six packs for awhile now. Lots of good canned beer these days.
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    I started drinking MGD in a can and thought I hated beer. Drank So Co for a long time then just started smoking pot instead of drinking, then tasted some better beers. Micolobe Dark, i liked, some mexican beers where good too. then I had a Sierra Nevada, changed every thing. Still my go to. I love good beers now, crafts. I did just have a keg of sierra at my wedding.
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    First drank beer when pledging a fraternity as a freshman...that taught me that beer was punishment.

    A year or so later, I was stuck at the Czech - Slovakia border crossing on a hot summer day. While waiting for them to get their (cough) stuff together, I walked across the road to a pub. The Hacker-Pschorr truck had just left a fresh keg of their weisse, so for some reason we all got a pint, and I had that "I didn't know it could be like this" moment.

    Moved to San Diego back in '96, and started having those kinds of moments regularly...

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    What was the beer that got you drinking beer?

    I lied Miller Genuine Draft was my first, then Kelly's Stout got me drinking craft beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkr80015 View Post
    I lied Miller Genuine Draft was my first, then Kelly's Stout got me drinking craft beer
    Never tried Kelly's Stout. Is it pretty good?

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    It was an Imperial Stout and it was very good. Kelly's is a small brewery in Albuquerque.
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    Lucky Lager, its marketing slogan really was (and is) "Why pay more?"

    I usually don't drink it anymore, but I don't think it is any worse as far as light lagers go than bigger names such as Bud and in Canada "Blue" and "Canadian". They are fine on a hot day when you want a cold drink. One of the most enjoyable beers I drank this year was a Coors in Maui at Macawao after a really great ride on the trails there (when all the trails at home were still under feet of snow)

    My eyes were opened to a larger world of beer by McEwans scotch ale. I got turned onto Belgians which are now some of my favourites when I lived in Mexico (of all places) I could buy 2 750mm bottles of Unibroue Maudite or Fin de Monde at Sam's Club (walmart version of costco for western canadians who I believe won't know). I drank a lot of those and was really into a wide variety of Belgians of all sorts by the time I moved to Chicago. Poverty slowed my consumption there to some extent (as i was there for grad school), but I did my best. I think its sort of funny that as a Canadian I got turned onto Quebec beer when I lived in Mexico.

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    When I was a kid in the 70's my Dad drank Schmidts and would let me have a sip from time to time.

    High school - whatever was cheap - Usually Old Milwaukee.

    First craft beer was a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
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    Bud Light -> Bud Ice -> Blue Moon -> Endless stream of various IPAs
    What trail is that?

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    First beer was Miller Lite.

    First craft beer was Bass, then Fat Tire, then Schlafly Pale Ale, and on.

    I don't drink many race car beers any more. I figure life is too short for sub par beer.

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    Shiner Bock courtesy of my old supervisor in the military

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    Mine was Yuengling Porter. I can remember being blown away by the flavor. Down the rabbit hole from there.

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    Dad gave me a taste of his Pilsner* stubby when I was 6. That kept me completely off beer until I was 18, and even then, I drank beer because it was cheap, not because I liked it. I drank some Big Rock in my 20s: Magpie, Warthog, Traditional. However, what really got me going was Hoegaarden. There was just something about that giant glass. It tasted decent as well. The floodgates truly opened when I tried Guinness...


    *"Pilsner" is a Canadian beer also known as "Pil", and tastes nothing like actual pilsner. I'm pretty sure it's lager, but it's effing horrible.
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    Guinness for me too!

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    What was the beer that got you drinking beer?

    The second time? Murphy 's Irish Stout, but I love Guinness


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    MGD Light


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    Hams! We were teens and the irrigation warehouse down the alley had a stack of cases of Hams behind the warehouse, we helped ourselves to a case and thought it tasted like crap. The beer that I first really enjoyed was Coors Herman Josephs, it's a tasty amber as I recall but only available at the high end ski resorts around Colorado these days. I'd like to try it again to see if it still holds up.

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    Guiness extra stout ... very much the only brand that makes drinking beer worth while !!

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    I had no tastes when I was younger, e.g., Old Style, Shiner Bock, Lone Star, were "favourites.". a friend in graduate school from Australia introduced me to Tooth's KB Premium but I think I just loved the novelty can. I really appreciate beer now, specifically IPA. The first of those to really me was Mirror Pond, but man there are soooo many great ones out there....


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    Distinctly remember when beer jumped to the next level for me... early 2000's I was at a new "high end" burger sports bar in Raleigh. Instead of draft I ordered a bottle of Schneider Weisse Aventinus and was blown away. First time I had a beer that went above and beyond grocery store varietals. The beer that sent me over the edge to full beer nerd status was BFM's Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien: showed depth of flavor and nuance like wine. Now I'm amazed at the beers that I yawn at. 1600 uniques check-ins on Untappd but know that is well north of 2000 in reality.


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    Just getting beer got us excited as in someone to buy for us when we were youngin's still in high school, Mid Michigan late 1970's.

    Miller High Life Genuine Imperial Quart bottles-GIQ Probably Stroh's and Bud / Busch too.
    It was all the blue-collar stuff and we weren't picky.
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    Yuengling Lager was my go-to beer in the pre-microbrew Stone Age. Grew up about 25 miles from their original brewery in Pottsville, PA. They claim to be the oldest brewery in the U.S. (1829) and have been busy expanding across the U.S. in the last 20 years.

    To guys in the PA anthracite coal region, it's always been just that beer you had around.

    Rolling Rock, Genessee, Schlitz, and PBR - honorable mentions.

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