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Old 08-22-2008, 01:57 PM   #11
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Drank swill in college, but Moosehead when I could get it.
Then tried a Saranac Black and Tan, which caused me to then try every single dark beer I could get my hands on.
Red Hook got me into bitters, which are still my favorite style.
Moved to CA and became a hophead.
Started brewing and the hop shortage hit, so I'm rediscovering how much I love English and Scottish beers.
Have always liked Belgians, but can't think of one that I want 5 gallons of.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:02 PM   #12
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Before I got seriously hooked on beer and then edumacatered to it my guilty pleasure was a case of Chimay Grande Reserve a year. Occasionally, but rarely, I would sip and choke down a budweiser.

So, I dunno if you'd call this a "progression" or a regression but, through my Homebrew endeavors I actually have a higher appreciation for budweiser now than I did before brewing. Whats more, I actually find it more enjoyable than I ever did before.

Today, my favorite packaged brew is Tillburg Dutch Brown after it's been aged for at least 6 months. Fresh, it has a floral note in the front end that just doesn't seem to co-mingle well with the malt, IMO.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:25 PM   #13
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I drank a lot of PBR when I was underage. I always appreciated good beer and drank a decent amount of imports with my brothers and dad (Heineken, Stella, P. Urquell, Paulaner, etc. the usuals). Then I had a Staghorn Oktoberfest from New Glarus..... it opened my eyes. My roommates and I promptly entered microbrew and premium beer mania. Over the next two years we experienced about 2,500 different beers and entrenched ourselves in the local beer market. I am still continuing my quest but my pace has slowed very considerably because I moved out of the city and have a house to pay for. Also, my wife isn't as into it so it isn't as much fun to spend a night alone sampling beers.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:54 PM   #14
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I started drinking in college. I mostly drank Bud Light but whenever it was available and I could afford it, I'd drink Red Dog or SNPA or whatever microbrew was available. After college, there was a long stint where I was drinking grey goose martinis but if all I could get was beer, I'd get Coors Light. Then I got into Fat Tire. And then Hoegaarden. Now, I'm all about trying anything new.
Primary 1: pale ale
Primary 2: blondie

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Old 08-22-2008, 06:17 PM   #15
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I wasn't into beer until I went to Amsterdam for spring break at the age of 16 with some friends. There, I discovered Duvel. That was my gateway drug (as opposed to other substances on that trip). Since Duvel, I have tried everything, but I still always come back to the good ol' Belgian ales.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:35 PM   #16
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13-15 years old: Cider (strongbow) Mostly with meals.
15-17 : Barley wine or lager (Both cheap)
17-19 : Kegged Bitters,(cheap) Guiness, occasional lager
19-51 : Primarily cask IPAs and bitters. Occasional lager
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:41 PM   #17
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Growing up in Texas I started with Old Wilwaukee then moved into Lone Star and Lone Star Light, moved to California and jumped head first into Henry Weinhards, then Sierra Nevada, then Racer 5, but now its all about the Pliny and Blind Pig. I get it fresh on tap a block from my house! Gotta love the River!

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Old 08-22-2008, 07:34 PM   #18
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I started out on Molson Canadian, then went through a Canterbury phase, then Sleeman's Honey Brown, then into the microbrews. I've always liked Guiness, but can only now appreciate it for what it is. I find that I concentrate on a particular beer style every summer:

Summer 04 - Sleeman's Honey Brown
Summer 05 - Phillips Phoenix Lager
Summer 06 - Phillips IPA
Summer 07 - Phillips Blue Truck
Summer 08 - Any hefeweizen/wheat beer I can get my hands on
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:57 PM   #19
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Didn't drink any beer until about 25 (Couldn't stand the stuff everyone called beer).
Finally found stouts when I moved to the Boston area. Guinness, Murphy's, micros, it seems every bar or restaurant in the Boston area has Guinness while in Indiana it was an unknown beer.
More recently discovered IPAs, Belgians and then sour beers.

Still can't stand any light lager nor most blond ales. It seems a beer has to be atleast amber before i care for it. However I do like most of the darker beers, including IPAs, porters, stouts, Belgian Dubbles or other dark beers. Even many dark lagers. I have found that even pale sour beers are very good. Most of the good ones I have tried have been very good. The sweetened, fruited "sour" beers like Lindenmann's are horrible.

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Old 08-22-2008, 08:16 PM   #20
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My progression was almost exactly as the original poster, even down to the Honey Brown and Killians.

The only change is that once my "favorites" hit on Bass and Guinness, it pretty much locked in there. The realm of "what I can drink and enjoy" extended beyond that to the point that I can pretty much enjoy most hoppy beers on the market but my favorite is still a pretty neutral special bitter.

I find it harder to down stuff from the malty side though.

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