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Old 02-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Penchant for craft brew Vs. home brewing, chicken or egg?

I was always a cheap light beer kind of guy. Bud light, whatever, as long as I could drink it in volume without breaking the bank. The more expensive/exotic beers like dark beers, craft beers, etc. didn't appeal to my wallet OR my palette. I got into homebrewing to make swill even cheaper than I could buy swill.

Since getting into homebrewing and spending a lot of time at LHBS demos and beer tasting events, I would say that the doors have opened a little wider for me. I'm way more open-minded (or open-mouthed) that before, but still not completely "down" with all of the more flavorful varieties. I'm still no beer connoisseur, but I'm making progress.

So for me, homebrewing was the egg and craft beer is the chicken.

Is this how it happens for most? Or are there more people who develop a penchant for craft beer and then enter the homebrew hobby for the purpose of making newer and better craft beer?

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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Oh, and I've made absolutely no progress in the wine arena. I still love bottom shelf sweet wine (read: Carlo Rossi Sangria & box wine) and don't have much use for the more expensive and more dry stuff. maybe I should go hang out at a wine bar or something.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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For me it was craft beers first. Got in the hobby completely by accident as I was assisting a friend who brewed. Took me one sip of the finished product and I knew I was hooked then.

never looked back

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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I got into it after watching a sitcom where a couple if mates decided to make beer... I thought we can go that for the laugh, I convinced my 2 brother in laws to join in, we got the basic kit and brewed it as per instruction. During that time I found this site and read up in beer, process etc and got sucked in deeper n deeper so that I can't see the light any more. I'm still brewing extract with partial mash but have gone mad building a 2 sided fermentation chamber and doing keggles now, then a single tier stand. It s never ending spiral of fun, oh yeah beer aswell

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I was Craft beer first home brewing second. I was interested in homebrewing from the get go but didn't have means until my brother bought his house 3 years ago.

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The egg came first, by the way.

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The egg came first, by the way.
No no no it was the chicken
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We were having this discussion in another thread yesterday.

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I think the fact that this is a homebrewing forum leads many to assume he meant "craft beer".
Really, why would you say that??? Actually if you get down to it, it's a higher probabilty that someone coming into homebrewing is coming from a bmc drinking background than a craft beer background, since quite simply more folks on this planet consume mass market brew than craft beer. If you look at markets like Canada (look at Craig of Craigtube) New Zealand and Australia, the reasons people homebrew are not because they're necessarily craft beer drinkers, but for economic ones. That's why I think it's rude to denigrate someone coming on here wanting to make a BMC type one beer, because not everyone came from a craft beer background like I did.

And assuming that everyone who homebrews is a craft brew drinker. I learned a long time ago not to assume anything.

In fact I bet if you look at the most sold beginner kits by Mr Beer, Cooper's, BB and all the other kit manufacturers they top sellers are those kits which are going to be in the closest approximation to a BMC beer, like the "Pseudo lager."

I think half the people I've taught brewing to were basic BMC drinkers. They gravitated to other styles later, but the first brews I help many folks with were of the above mentioned bmc-esque beers.
I really don't know what the stats, are but I bet it's pretty close to 50-50, or it is that more homebrewers come from a "regular" beer drinking background rather than like me, came from drinking craft beers since I became legal in 1987. I was kind of lucky. I had tried BMC "underage" and hated it. In fact on my 21st birthday I didn't go out and buy a sixer of Budlight like most kids my age. I went out and bought a very expensive bottle of Calvados instead.

But being an avid reader I heard about all the other "exotic" beers from around the world, like Guinness and stuff. And luckily around that time was the beginnings of the craft beer phenomena, and Sierra Nevada, and Bell's locally and a Sam Adams started to become available, and also a tiny few stores started carrying imports and the few craft breweries out there.

In fact my first "special" beer was Double Diamond Burton ale, bought in the kind of inner-city party store where the also kept the "chore boy" scrubbies and sold plastic roses in little glass test tubes at the front counter (if you don't know chore boy and little glass test tubes can be used to smoke crack with, they're quite popular in inner city stores.)

I don't know if it was because the store owner liked that beer, but it was there amongst the wild Irish rose. So I've been a die hard craft drinker for a long time.

I've only been brewing in the last 10 years, But it's been since I've homebrewed that I've actually consumed a broader range of styles.

For pretty much all those decades of drinking craft brew I drank pretty much only IPA, Pale Ales, Porters, Stouts, Browns, California Common Beers and Reds. I drank a lot of them, I drank them from breweries around the world, and considered myself a pretty knowledgeable beer guy.....ANd for most of my drinking time, that was all that was available, there wasn't that plethroa of craft beer styles like there are now. So my palate or my exploration was pretty limited to that narrow band of pretty common beer styles.

But since taking up this hobby, and wanting to learn to brew more and more styles, I've DRANK more and more styles.

Just off the top of my head; Wits, Bocks, Vienna Lagers, Doppelbocs, Maibocs, Cream Ales, Pilsners, Dortmunders, Lambics, Oktoberfests, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Blonde Ale, Kölsch, Rye Beer, Ordinary Bitter, ESB, Scottish Wee Heavy, saison, Biere De Garde, Barleywine, Flander's Red, Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Tripel....AND just in the last couple years actually started enjoying BMC beers which I snubbed since being old enough to drink.....I can say that these styles for me are ONLY as old as my brewing has been. If I hadn't brewed, I probably never would have tried half of them.

Good topic. But like I said yesterday, I bet you'd find a surprisingly high numbers who came from drinking Mega beer.
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I have been drinking craft beer on occasions for several years. Never as a mainstay though. I have also had it in my mind for about the past two years that I wanted to homebrew, just that I didn't really have the space to do it and didn't want to spend the cost upfront. About 9-12 months ago I started drinking most only craft beer. A lot of this was for research and bottles, as I knew I was going to start homebrewing once I bought a house and no idea what the different styles were. Once I started drinking craft brew regularly, I realized a whole new world of beer existed that I had no idea about. So for me it was kind of a chicken omelette.

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I started getting into craft beer about 2003-2004. I'd had beers like Harp, Guinness, Murphys, Killians, etc previously, but it wasn't until 2003-2004 that I discovered Arrogant Bastard & Belgian beer [Maredsous], and those were the ones that truly opened the door. Then when I saw Alton Brown's "Good Eats" episode in 2005 I said I needed to brew my own. Started in 2006, and never looked back.

So for me, craft beer was the lead-in.

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