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Old 10-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default What beer would you describe as the beer that 'awakened' you...?

Ever since my trip through Europe, I've always appreciated the finer beers this world has to offer. It wasn't, however, until about 6 months ago that I tried a Hitachino Nest White Ale, and realized that good beer can not only be enjoyed, but truly appreciated. It was that experience that got me to begin brewing, as well as, for lack of a better word, worshipping beer of all varieties.

I think a lot of you can look back and realize there was some beer in your past that turned you from the BMC dark-side, and 'enlightened' or 'awakened' you to the wonderful brews out there.

Please.... share....

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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Years ago....Chimay Blue.... picked up a bottle on a whim at the liquour store while picking up MGD Lite...(I know...I know...even though it's still a goto lawn mower for me...). Love at first sip....

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:18 PM   #3
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Mine would be Weyerbacher's Simcoe IIPA. It was the IPA that turned me into the hophead I am today. I am working on making the perfect IPA for me!!!

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:19 PM   #4
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For me, it was watching Michael Jackson's The Beer Hunter films that truly awakened me and first sparked my desire to brew. A few years later, an Anchor Liberty Ale fanned the flames.


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Old 10-12-2009, 07:22 PM   #5
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Chimay Grand Reserve. The best Stout ( ) I had ever had at the time.

And, ironically, I drank enough that it also put me to sleep.






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Old 10-12-2009, 07:27 PM   #6
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Mine was a gradual slide. I pretty much started out making a Light Lager from a kit and my desire to make homebrew caused me to read up on beermaking and styles of beer.

I'd say that Charlie Papazian probably had the most to do with my change in beer tastes than any one person. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing was infectious in it's enthusiasm for beers and brewing.

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:31 PM   #7
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I'm a bit on the reverse side of this topic. I grew up in the UK during the early days of CAMRA. Real ale was already at the fore, and the crappy BMC stuff they opposed was being forced out by them. In consequence I grew up drinking good quality bitter.

Fast forward to when I moved to the US....All I could see in the bars and supermarkets at first was BMC, so I drank it. I could not afford to buy craft beer or imports in the copious amounts that I required, so I continued to drink crap until one Christmas my SWMBO bought me a MrBeer kit.....The rest is history.

So, astounding as it may seem, MrBeer was the re-birth for myself and my terrible addiction.

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For me, it was Anchor Steam and Red Hook that first fanned my craft beer flames. Mind you, this was the 'old' Red Hook.

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I would have to say Troegs Mad Elf and Flying Dog Gonzo Porter; Two beers that really made me go "wow".

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Long Hammer IPA, and a variety of Belgian trappist beers at the same time.
A few hangovers later and I was waving the white flag to craft brewers.

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