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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2013, 07:12:06 PM »
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2013, 07:19:49 PM »
Before I turned 21, I had some Bud Light and Corona, and I thought they tasted like crap, so mostly I didn't drink beer. Once I turned 21, and had heard that beer was an acquired taste, I decided that if I was going to drink beer, I was going to drink something with flavor. I started with a Pyramid Apricot Hefeweizen, and then moved towards the darker side before moving towards IPA. Now I enjoy every style of beer (except american light lager, it still tastes like crap).
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2013, 07:22:23 PM »
Guinness and then Sierra Nevada pale ale when I moved to la 10 years ago.

These same beer for me when I turned 21....7 years ago

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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2013, 08:52:00 PM »
The passion started behind a wood shed with a Rainier we snuck out of my buddies dad's ice box. I was probably 10 or 11 and it was the best thing I ever tasted. After a "few" high school keggers drinking whatever swill we could get someone to buy us, Uncle Sam sent me on a round the world trip. Oh man, Kirin, Tsingtao, OB, Victoria Bitters, Spaten, Black and Tan's at the Bull and Boar, and on and on: the world is a wonderful place - there's beer in it.

Now years later I get to brew my own and have come to believe two fundamental concepts: there's no such thing as too much hops and Sir Isaac Newton didn't know squat about higher gravity...
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2013, 09:12:26 PM »
I was a novice drinker in the very late 90s/early 2000s in college in Dallas. There wasn't really much craft beer to speak of. I usually drank Miller High Life, some 40's and the usual drink was Bud or Bud Lite. We would buy Corona if we wanted a "better" beer. I drank a lot of crappy liquor, too. I dabbled a little in the "dark beer" I could find, which was basically Bass, Fat Tire, Sam Adams, Shiner, Newcastle and Ziegenbach. I went into a store a few times that had a lot of craft beer and I bought a random mix of beers a few times. I was still too much into the idea of beer as an alcohol delivery vehicle to really appreciate them. I had Chimay Red once and really liked it.

I started buying more of the "dark beer" after college and really started to branch out from there.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2013, 09:52:38 PM »
i was turned onto boulevard bully porter and pale ale as well as free state brewerys line of beers in the early 90s in kansas before i turned 21.  i also remember liking sam smiths beers.

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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2013, 10:00:17 PM »
About 7 years ago, I found Arrogant Bastard.  That was my gateway.  The ultimate gateway.  I always drank imports or non Bud beer when i turned 21, when I found the Bastard, it was all over!
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2013, 10:06:31 PM »
When I was in college back in 89, the cafeteria would sell after 3 pm. They had Bud and a local, Formosa Dark from Formosa brewery (in the town of Formosa). I was the only one of my cohort who drank it so I drank lots, partly just to be contrary. That and John Labatt Classic which back then was Labatt's all malt premium lager.
I drank Upper Canada Dark a lot too until it was bought out by Sleemans who have since been bought by Saporro

Oh, gotta mention the ORIGINAL Stonehammer from F&M. Beautifully bitter and wonderful but they backed it off to try to broaden the appeal. That was probably about 92 or so. I loved that beer and missed many a class because of it.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2013, 10:35:43 PM »
Ortlieb's ("Vitamin O") was our staple beer for Friday and Saturday night poker games when I was in college (76-80).

The most frequent alternative was Rolling Rock.

When we were feeling flush, someone would spring for some St. Pauli Girl.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2013, 11:08:33 PM »
We paid our friends older brother for a beer chest of Hamm's Genuine Draft Light which we drank with ice.  The next day we helped his brother fix a lawnmower and he gave us some Guinness Extra Stout from the fridge in the garage, probably thinking we'd hate it.  I haven't drank a beer on ice since.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2013, 11:13:04 PM »
i was turned onto boulevard bully porter and pale ale as well as free state brewerys line of beers in the early 90s in kansas before i turned 21.  i also remember liking sam smiths beers.

Nice gateway beers!  Bully! And Pale Ale are my "go to"  beers here in KC.  You can't go wrong with Sam Smith's either. 
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2013, 11:24:34 PM »
The very first time I went (legally) into a liquor store, I bought a six pack of Railyard Black and Tan, from the now extinct Broadway Brewing (later became flying Dog) in Denver. It was 2001, and I started brewing a year later.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2013, 02:32:03 AM »
It was Shiner Bock for me with a healthy backing of Newcastle on draft when I moved to Texas in '99.
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Re: Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2013, 07:39:30 AM »
The very first time I went (legally) into a liquor store, I bought a six pack of Railyard Black and Tan, from the now extinct Broadway Brewing (later became flying Dog) in Denver. It was 2001, and I started brewing a year later.

My first legal purchase was a case of mix-a-sixes. I don't remember all the beers, but I know Old Peculier and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout were in the mix.
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Re: What were your gateway beers?
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2013, 08:23:12 AM »
My start was JW Dundee's Honey Brown. Guiness was in the mix too, but the true eye opener was La Trappe's Tripel. I kinda went nuts for the next few years buying and drinking anything Belgian I could find. I have since come to appreciate more of the local beers...
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