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gumbo2176
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
There were no Craft Beers when I first started out on my beer drinking journey.

There was Regal, Jax, Falstaff, Dixie, Budweiser, Schlitz, Carlings Black Label and a few others I can't remember the names of that were national brands.

I remember having my first taste of beer when I was probably no more than 6 when my dad filled one of those small glasses that older gents would drink from at the bars. There was a neighborhood guy that fished and sold boiled crabs out of his house on Friday nights when being Catholic found meat not on the menu that one night a week. We'd sit in his patio/driveway and he had picnic tables set up to feed the people in the neighborhood.

Yeah, I'm that old.
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DLauw
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Shiner bock was my go to craft beer in my teens. I lived relatively close to the little brewery during my teens. I can remember when the restaurant/bar I waited tables at first got it. I remember the first time I saw it in the cooler at the one store you could buy beer at. I also remember after a few years of living in Louisiana, it showing up in stores and bars here.

It’s still my go to beer.


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Big Sway
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Terapin- Hopsecutioner
Thank me later!

New Castle Brown Ale was my gateway to IPA's.
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90Delmore
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Ballentine Ale and occasionally Ballentine IPA when available around 1969-1970. Nobody would mooch your beer if you had this
Also Guiness Stout mixed 1/2&1/2 with Ballentine Ale
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dpd901
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Good thread. The first beers other than BMC that I had were probably as follows:

Killian’s Red at Flanagan’s in Thibodaux
The Pilsner at Cresent City Brewhouse
I used to work at a restaurant next door to the Bulldog on Magazine and we’d do pitchers of Black and Tans (Guinness and Bass Ale) after work there.
Thibodaux actually had a MicroBrewery way ahead of the craft beer boom. It was where Fremin’s is today. I don’t remember the styles he had, but I remember enjoying them.

From there, Abita Amber and Fat Tire were the next ones I remember.

My first IPA was a Pliny. I’ll never forget how terrible I thought it was. Clearly this was a joke that I wasn’t in on.



PureMetairie
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
In the early 00s we thought we were sophisticated drinking Newcastle Brown Ale and Hoegarden. We always had abita so I'm not counting that.


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Demshoes
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Dale's Pale Ale
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo


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Kim Jong Ir
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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.



The good ole days.


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Tigertown in ATL
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
My first venture was Terrapin Rye Pale Ale on draft at a bar in Decatur GA called Twain’s.

Next 2 would have been Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Dale’s Pale Ale.


ForeverEllisHugh
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Turbodog was my intro to craft and dark beer in general.

While I realize it’s a fairly typical brown ale, it still has a special place in my heart and fridge.


mmmmmbeeer
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I dabbled in craft beer first in late 90's. My top 2 that really flipped the light switch in my head were Sweetwater 420 (hoppiest beer I'd had, by far) and Red Hook ESB. Foreign beers I enjoyed Newcastle, Red Stripe, and Moosehead.


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h0bnail
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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale


One of my early go to's. Still love that beer. Haven't had anything else like it.

My FIL got me into craft beer. He lived in Asheville, so most of the first things I tried were from Highland(St. Terese's, Kashmir). This was back when Asheville only had Highland, Green Man, and Asheville Pizza and Brewing. Highland was the only one bottling at the time.


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hiltacular
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Bells Hopslam and Lagunitas Sucks were probably the two beers that really got me all in on craft beers. I remember having them back in 2010 and being blown away


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yallgood
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
Turbodog. 1988


RedHawk
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re: Favorite Craft Beers When you were starting out
I was stationed in Germany when I was 18 years old in 1995. I had never had anything but bud and busch light up till that point. Ordered a krystalweizen and my life changed. Went from that to hefeweizen to dunkelweizen and then Guinness and Pilsners.

Got back to the states and drank Michelob Amber Bock and then Shiner Bock until I got into the other styles.


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