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Old 02-01-2012, 03:06 AM   #1
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My step-dad has always been a light beer drinker. Keystone light and the like. He'd have a Guinness or something "stouty" once in a blue moon, but nothing out of the ordinary.

A year ago, he and my mom brewed some beer together (mr beer), and he never really cared for the beers they'd make, but my mom did. She even has a beer club at work where they all bring a couple bottles in at work (lucky right? my work would never allow that) and take drinking notes.

Well last Christmas my step-dad finally tried a Stone beer that I brought home for my brothers (age 28 and 23). He would ask for a small amount while we were all eating at the table. And then he'd ask for a little more. (it was Stone's SSR). Once he was done with that, I asked him if wanted more, he said no, but I poured him what was left of the 750ml.

I didn't think anything of it at the time.

I finally visited them again last weekend, and I brought a ton of different beers for my youngest brothers birthday. While we were eating he'd want to try everything we were having, and then he said, "Man that one Stone beer we had for Christmas... the thick and strong one... that was really good."

I immediately remembered something Greg Koch said, "I believe in good taste and I believe in a consumer’s ability to appreciate good taste."

I laughed to myself and poured him another beer. "Man that beer must really be good if my step-dad genuinely likes it," I thought to myself.

Long story short... I didn't think he was ever a craft brew type. The big commercial guys must have scared him away from craft brews. I thought wrong.

Do you guys have any stories where your favorite craft brew turned someone around?

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I remember the first time my BIL tried Stone Ruination. I bought a few different styles to share at a holiday gathering. You should have seen his face and neck get all scrunched up!

He said it's not bad, but takes some getting used to. He didn't want to see like a whimp I guess.

Last weekend went down and shared some Hopslam and he liked it. He'd still drink whatever was cheap or whatever someone shares for free, as most of his friends are young and low on disposable income. But he tries the craft stuff and can appreciate it.

Most of my friends don't appreciate craft beer if they drink beer at all.

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I think it was my Sunset Gold APA that finally turned our 2nd oldest son around to craft beers. The 1st time I brewd it,I used US Perle & Czech Saaz hops. Nice smooth spiciness to it. I told him it was an American pal ale. He then starts coming back with magic Hat,Great Lakes,& some others. He now even likes stouts,porters,browns,etc.
He turned me on to Left Hand Brewing's milk stout. He also liked the Harpoon winter warmer,good stuff. Not sure what I've created here. He now loves my Whiskely ale as well,also being a fan of Jim Beam.
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My late wife did not like beer... or, at least, that is what she told me when we met. OF course, the height of her beer awareness was Heineken... I poured a black ale I had made (porter? dry stout with hop flavor? whatever...) She raised an eyebrow and thought I had lost my mind... I convinced her to try it by telling her that a portion of the grains had been roasted like coffee beans (she was a coffee nut)... she tasted it and a light went off. She eventually branched into other beers, English pale ales, browns, etc nothing hop heavy, but porters and stouts always remained her thing

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My late wife did not like beer... or, at least, that is what she told me when we met. OF course, the height of her beer awareness was Heineken... I poured a black ale I had made (porter? dry stout with hop flavor? whatever...) She raised an eyebrow and thought I had lost my mind... I convinced her to try it by telling her that a portion of the grains had been roasted like coffee beans (she was a coffee nut)... she tasted it and a light went off. She eventually branched into other beers, English pale ales, browns, etc nothing hop heavy, but porters and stouts always remained her thing
=) that's awesome. it's like feeling when u share a little known album with someone and they start to really enjoy it.

my condolences for ur late wife.
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Thanks hex

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Most of my friends don't appreciate craft beer if they drink beer at all.

Man that sux fat balls to not have peeps to drink with...
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Yep. I got one who lives in Ann Arbor who likes pretty much just IPAs.

Another former Band Director now lives near Battle Creek loves Oberon and Best Brown and is willing to try different things.

The new Band Director, though, brews his own with his girlfriend. After the busy season we'll get together and brew something and hang out. He can teach me about music theory and I can teach about AG brewing techniques.

Maybe not having a drinking buddy around all the time is actually good for me...

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I got a friend back home in Delaware who is coming down to meet my fiancee, hand out with us, see Louisville, etc.

He dabbles in a fair deal of craft stuff. Obviously being in Delaware, he's checked out a good deal of DFH stuff, but it seems like he drinks a lot of stuff like Grolsch and Guinness and what not. When he comes to visit, I plan on coming at him full force with craft stuff (both stuff that I've made as well as some the craft beer bars around town) and hopefully we can consistently drink some better stuff. Heh.

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Ive converted a few with my beers. Firstly my wife. When I first met her she rarely drank beer. Then as I brewed a few she would taste the wort and then the finished product. She originally liked Pale Ales, but now loves darker beers like stouts and Porters and has one with me most nights.

I also started taking some of my beers into work for the guys to try. Most of them are megaswill drinkers and at first didn't like my brews. But as my own brews became better so did their taste for them to the point that now often they text me on the weekend to ask about a beer they might be looking at in the bottlo, asking what its like, instead of just buying a carton of VB.

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