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Old 09-06-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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So, I was just wondering if anyone here remembers the beer that turned you into a "beer guy (or girl)." For me, it was Sam Adams Octoberfest. I was just thinking about this because I just picked up a six-pack tonight. I remember for years that beer meant a bottle of Bud, or Guinness if I was feeling exotic. I had tried a bunch of different foreign beers like Heineken, St. Paulie Girl, Beck's, etc... but when I had that first Octoberfest, I was like "Whoa! This is beer?!?! It's so good!" Well, anyway, I'm pretty sure not too many people started drinking really good craft beer, I'm sure most of us started drinking the same typical light lagers, so I just wanted to know what beers turned you all from macro beer drinkers into beer aficionados.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Samuel Smiths stout pulled me out of the Schlitz wasteland.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #3
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For me, it was more the lack of good beer in the local gas station or Wally world. That I decided to make my own.

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A business trip to the German countryside. I first ordered "bier" having no idea what they would bring me, then I moved on to ordering dunkel bier. Still do not know what breweries the beer was coming from but is was delicious, american light lager would never taste good again.

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I actually started drinking good beer, but I have consumed my fair share of macro brews. My dad always had Sam Adams around the house growing up.

What started me down the path to full on beer nerd was a tour of Sam Adams Boston Brewery. It's a good tour, I now know that some of the info was wrong but it was my gateway for sure...

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:29 AM   #6
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Fat Tire. That was my first exposure to craft beer after being pretty much an occassional budweiser drinker. Man, how my eyes were opened to the possibilities of good beer. I don't know how I stood drinking that crap (bud) now.

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Westmalle Triple was the beer that sent me over the edge into Beersanity....

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I drank bud (or steel reserve if I was feeling particularly frisky) until I was 22. Then my friend in the Army told me to try DFH 60 Minute IPA and that started me down the path of craft beer lover followed very quickly by beer brewer.

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La fin du monde by Unibroue did it for me, although I don't really enjoy it anymore being that my palette has changed quite a bit.

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I too was a BMC drinker until I had a Newcastle. Then I found anchor steam. After those I never looked back. I don't really drink them any more but they were pushed me into it. Oh I also got turned on to Bearish Irish Stout. So much better than Guinness.

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