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SammyTiger
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I started Off with Anita stuff

Purple haze and Amber

And then Sweetwater was really my gateway beer into IPAs


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MountainTiger
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I became aware of craft beers in the late 80's. Back then there wasn't a ton of options out there. If I had to pick one gateway beer, it would probably be Sam Adams Boston Lager. You wouldn't even consider that a craft beer these days but it opened my mind to the possibilities. Then I discovered Anchor Steam and SNPA and it was all over. After that it was Chimay and other Belgians and the entire beer world that I never even knew existed opened up for me.


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LSUrme
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is what really steered me away from the BMC Lites of the world.


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el Gaucho
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Andygator is the only craft beer worth drinking if the place doesn’t have coors banquet


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jennyjones
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Abita Amber
Abita Purple Haze
Fat Tire
Abita Andygator

These were my go to craft beers starting out. At that time, these were the best options available (to me) in LA.

Since that time, the LA craft beer game has exploded and these are no longer in my rotation


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alajones
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
My “entry level” beers were Canebrake and Reasonably Corrupt. Reasonably Corrupt was really the first dark beer that I cared for.

Now I wouldn’t think twice about Canebrake. I’m still a Reasonably Corrupt fan though.


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pjab
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Not my first, but definitely my favorite: Harpoon. My friend worked at the brewery and got cases for free.


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NOLA Brew Bus
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
True story. I was a Bud Light drinker until spring 2013 and the fearless leader of the FBD gave me a random 12-pack to figure out what I liked and disliked.

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale won the day and my heart. And now I drink beer for a living.


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

the fearless leader of the FBD


Who would that be?


Matisyeezy
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Lotta nostalgia here.

In college I drank a veritable shite ton of Newcastle. Man I loved that beer. And when I wasn’t trying to be fancy (haha), I loved Turbodog and Lazy Mag’s Southern Pecan. I thought I was a “dark beer” drinker. Haha.

In grad school I drank Yuengling and PBR like it was water, and was a bit of a functioning alcoholic, but along the way I discovered a lot more. Rogue Dead Guy Ale was one of those beers that I can’t forget, as well as Stone’s Arrogant Bastard. But then I had Southern Tier’s 2XIPA and my life was changed. Dale’s Pale Ale became a staple, and then basically the entire Lagunitas lineup, then I started to explore local breweries in my area. It was all downhill from there.

Good times.


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McVick
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
On a regular rotation was Magic Hat (#9, Hocus Pocus, Blind Faith, Fat Angel, random seasonals), Long Trail (Ale, Double Bag, and Blackberry Wheat), Otter Creek (Copper ale, Porter, Oatmeal Stout, random seasonals), Switchback, and Smuttynose.

Back in my day Magic Hat sold 9-packs of beer and other 12 packs of craft beer were $9.99 on sale.


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TAMU-93
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Celis White

I remember ordering a Celis back in the 90s. The waitress started saying, "Coors Light is pretty popular". "Not sell us", I replied, "Celis...Celis White".


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little billy
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joeleblanc
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Michelob Dark


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RedMustang
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Pete’s Wicked Ale, then various Sam Adams beers.


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hoopsgalore
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Not sure what I consider "first starting out." I had some weird phase after graduating HS (2008) when I would drink Sierra Nevada and Magic Hat. Of course, when I got to college, it was a lot of cheap, mass-produced beer. However, there were plenty of drink deals in Madison that would make a lot of New Glarus (i.e. Spotted Cow) cheap for a college student. One bar, in particular, had $1 Wisconsin taps on Monday nights. Guess I could include some of those Wisconsin breweries, too.
This post was edited on 1/9 at 7:26 am


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NachoReb
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Breckinridge Vanilla Porter
SN Pale Ale
Sweetwater 420
Shiner Bock

I still drink these to this day but not as regularly


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Brisketeer
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Texas
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Back in the 90s, I tried Sam Adams Honey Porter for the first time, and fell in love. Shiner Bock became an obsession also. It’s not really craft, but was only available in Texas at the time.


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PapaPogey
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Fat Tire
Shiner Bock
All Abitas
Lawn Mower


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Boo Krewe
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
tin roof
gnarley barley
great raft


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