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BugAC
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Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
What were some of your favorite craft beers starting out that were memorable to you, or that left an impression on you. They may no longer be a favorite as tastes change, but you remember certain things about the beer, or the occasion, when you had them.

A few of mine, and these were before the days of Parish.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: One of my first craft beers, and along with SA Oktoberfest, one of the beers that guided me to craft beer.

Sam Adams Oktoberfest: This is one of the beers that got me into craft. While it isn't what i remember it, i used to always try to have this in the fall. Always reminded me of a crisp fall day. When i started homebrewing, the goal was to brew an oktoberfest one day, when i knew what i was doing. Fast forward 7-8 years later, and i've only brewed 1 oktoberfest.

Green Flash Rayon Vert: This beer was like nothing i ever had before. It had so much flavor and was very different from the bitter IPA's i would drink.

Green Flash Le Freak: This beer, like Rayon Vert, was so different form what i ever had. I remember getting lots of hints of bubblegum and halloween candy (particularly the flavor of those wax vampire teeth as a kid). I'm pretty sure there may have been Brett in this beer.

Sam Adams Winter Lager/Noble Pile: Again, Sam Adams was my introduction to craft beers and i used to love both of these beers. Not the same any more, but these were always a staple in the fridge. Always loved having Oktoberfest in Fall, Winter Lager in winter, and Noble Pils in the spring. Noble pils used to have so much earthy hop flavor.

Stone beers: I used to drink a bunch of different stone beers. The hops were a bitter punch to the face. Ruination was always in the fridge, but my favorite may have been levitation. At 4.5%, it was a bit lighter bodied than there other offerings.

Sierra Nevada Celebration: Was my absolute favorite beer. It had great malt backbone to relay the winter season, but wonderful piney hops. I had one not to long ago and it's still pretty damn good. Also, one of my all time favorite labels.

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan: Again, another fall favorite of mine back in the day. I remember getting so much pecan out of it. One of the beers that got my gears turning when i was researching homebrewing. Last time i had it might be about 2 or 3 years ago. It was not that good.

Eel River IPA: I would stop by Marcello's Wine warehouse on my way to my then girlfriend (now wife's) house in capital heights, and pick up beers i've never had before. Beer was more fun then, it seemed. But anyway, i came across this beer. I don't know what it was about that beer, but it always brings me back to going over to that house. I'd show up, put my beer in the fridge, then go run a few miles in that neighborhood before coming back, showering, and then drinking a few on the porch.

Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi: A buddy of mine, back in college, had a beer subscription. They'd send him bottles of different stuff every month (back when you could do that). Well he got a lost abbey beer and it sat in his wine rack for 3 or 4 years. We cracked it open 1 Christmas, post college. It was one of the best beers i ever had. Clearly there was some funk/sour things going on with that beer.

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Goose Island Sofie: First time really drinking a saison was goose island sofie. Now, saisons are one of my favorite styles. Light, crisp, citrusy, with pepper notes. Still like this beer today. I used to bring some back with me when i went to Houston for the weekend.
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TH03
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Southern pecan and fat tire were my go to beers.


BugAC
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
quote:

Southern pecan and fat tire were my go to beers.




I remember when fat tire was hard to get. First time i had it, in Texas, i loved it. By the time it got to Louisiana, my tastes had changed.


Paul Allen
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
South Coast
Canebrake
Stone Ruination IPA


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MSMHater
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Houston
Member since Oct 2008
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Southern Pecan
Rogue Hazelnut (newest batch is shit)
St arnolds ale wagger
Revolver blood and honey


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little billy
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
sam adams, guiness, abita beers, killians, fat tire were my go tos until a friend of mine had a growler of alesmith ipa. that was a real game changer for me. that was over 10 years ago


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notiger1997
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
The first “unusual” beer I remember trying was Dead Guy Ale. Then Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Abita Amber.
This was 17 or so years ago


LSUintheNW
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
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Dead Guy Ale.

Was a favorite LONG ago. Been awhile.

Had my first craft beer over 20 years ago.

Deschutes and Rogue were it for me.


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Zappas Stache
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I went to school in Manchester, England back in the stone age and their was a regional beer called Stones Bitter that I hated at first but became addicted to. When I got back to the US I couldn't find anything like it and really didn't know that hops caused the bitterness I liked. Forward about 10 years to 2002 and I was in Portland, Or and had a Full Sail IPA and that was the taste I remembered from the Stones Bitter.

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t00f
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Not sure if classified as craft:

UK

Bass Ale
Sam Smith Ale
Whitbread Brown
Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout

US craft beer

Goose Island Honkers Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
2 Brothers in the Chicago burbs
Samuel Adams Boston Lager

There is more, can't remember right now
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little billy
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
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Dead Guy Ale.


That was one of my early favorites as well.


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AbitaFan08
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Boston, MA
Member since Apr 2008
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
As my username suggests, Abita was my go to craft beer, when that was about the only craft beer available in Louisiana.

Fat Tire was one I really liked, but at the time Texas was the closest state that carried it.


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OldTigahFot
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
St. Arnold's Amber
Pete's Wicked Ale
Dixie Blackened Voodoo


Alt26
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
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Pete's Wicked Ale


That's a name I haven't heard in a long time (20 years). Drank it in HS. That shite was awful


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lsupride87
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Canebreak


It is what started it all for me


nolaks
Member since Dec 2013
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
does magic hat #9 qualify. at some point I think it would have


Chitown_Badger
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Founders Breakfast Stout was really my jumping off point. It's still one of my favorite non-barrel aged beers.


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cj35
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Anchor Steam
Pete's Wicked Ale


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TH03
Iowa State Fan
Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I was drinking it around 2012-2013ish. Haven't had one since that really.


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LSUbase13
South Carolina Fan
Charleston, SC
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
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Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan


This one has fallen off recently.


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