How did you get into craft scene?

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  1. Yeah going to West Chester really spoiled me on Victory and Iron Hill.

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  2. very cool stories! seems like many of us are in the same boat

  3. I never did! The craft beer came to me. I was 14 when I drank Warstiener for the first time, (out of one of those 5 liter “mini- kegs”) back in 1986. My best friends mother was a German citizen who used to have “care packages” sent from her family with German foods and always a mini-keg! She gave us one for New Years Eve in 86! My first Dead show a year later gave me my first SNPA. My older brother took me on vacation to a show in Ventura, CA and we traded two cheeseburgers and a couple “cigarettes” for a six pack of Pale Ale in the parking lot. When Sam Adams was being contract- brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing, it sold pretty well in the local area, so we could usually find and sneak one or two from a fathers fridge. So, I’ve kind of been there from the beginning. Thank You, Earl, Sean, and Mrs. Porter!

  4. I went to college in Ft. Collins surrounded by brewerys.

    Craft keggers

  5. I went to college in Vermont. There’s a very popular beer there called Switchback, and it’s still one of my favorite pale ales. It’s what was on tap at all the parties, and my overage hook-up for booze was a homebrewer, so if I wasn’t drinking his homebrew, he’d pick me up things he thought were good. Among the first things he got for me were Old Rasputin, Allagash White, Longtrail Doublebag, and Vermonster.

    In all honesty, Vermonster was the most popular “party in a bottle” among my peers in college. Going to a party? Grab two Vermonsters and you won’t remember the walk home.

  6. Mine was gumballhead by FFF about 6 or 7 years ago. I remember my first sip to this day, I thought it tasted like sun screen! Haha. I toughed it out and had one each day. By the end of the six pack I fell in love, and here I am today!

  7. I moved to Germany when I was 19 so I started my drinking career drinking good German beer, and thinking American beer sucked. I came home on leave in the summer of 2004, and ended up trying Summit Oatmeal Stout at Mayslack’s Bar in Nordeast Minneapolis. That one beer completely changed my thinking on what American beer could be, and there was no turning back.

  8. Grew up with my grandfather while he was a distributor for Pearl Beer down in Yorktown Tx, so really I knew about beer was Pearl, Lonestar, Buckhorn and Jax! I remember the first time I tried a Sam Adams Lager thinking I could never drink this stuff again…it was way to rough. A few years later I spotted another brew by Sam Adams…the Longshot Hazelnut Brown Ale. I loved all the different flavors! I decided to revisit Sam Adams Lager (this time actually tasting it instead of chugging it) and it just grew from there.

  9. I remember this day like it was yesterday. My father called me and told me he had found this amazing beer bar down in DC and wanted to take me sometime. This was right after college and I had begun to experiment with different beers, such as Shiner Bock, Rolling Rock, Amstel Light, etc… I reluctantly agreed while wondering to myself what the hell an “amazing” beer bar could entail.

    Said day finally came and we walked into a place called Churchkey. The bartender handed us a menu which was basically foreign to me so I told him to pick one of his favorites. I still remember the bug eyed look I gave my dad after I took that first sip. I remember saying “What.. Beer can taste this good?” A couple beers then turned into a $250 bar tab and a fun ride home. That $250 seems like nothing compared to the amount of money I’ve spent since. Thanks dad.

  10. Sometimes we get lucky. I drink and try a lot of craft beers. She for the most part supports my passion. Lucky for sure.

  11. I grew up in Northern California, so when we wanted something “nicer”, we’d always buy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (this was the 90’s). Which was great, but it didn’t stoke my interest in craft beer. It was just kind of “there”.

    I started home brewing about ten years ago, and that’s when I really developed an awareness and appreciation for other styles of beer. I’ve been exploring ever since. I’ve tried beers all over the world and all over the US, but now I drink almost exclusively Californian beer. Between Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Firestone, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, and Hangar 24 I’ve got plenty to choose from.

  12. I was at a kick-ass BBQ place when visiting my old home town. Tried to order a draft beer, but the bar man asked me how often I would be there. Told him this might be my only time. He said, “Then you need to try this…”, and set me up with a Founders Backwoods Bastard. I had no idea beer could be that good!

  13. Frankenmuth World Expo of Beer 2012.
    Sam Adams brewery tour July of that year.
    Ventured out pretty quickly.

    Wasted no time.

  14. my sister in law lives up in burlington. i was pretty pleased to find a hobby that gets me out of the house for at least half a day no matter the time of year.

  15. Beer festivals back in 2005-2006

  16. randomly i bought a bomber of SN Torpedo mainly cuz i thought i could catch a buzz of the extra 2%.
    i did. two and a half years later theres no looking back

  17. Started in Germany in 1969. I was 3 years old and my dad let me taste his Parkbrau. I can still remember going to the gasthaus with him. I went back to the same place in 1980 and got to belly up to the bar as a 14 year old drinking warm cask beer and schnapps that tasted like moonshine. The beers in 1980 were very strong, I would guess he brewed them upwards of 10% or higher. They were a big difference from the Pabst and Old Style I was drinking my freshman year in an Iowa high school.

  18. drank regular beer for 33 years, went to colorado in 2012 on vacation, loved the lifestyle and got healthy, lost 50 pounds and have only drank craft beer since.

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  19. In high school and early (only) college year I was always a heavy weed/recreational drug user and I hated the taste of beer. On a trip to Vegas when I was 21, I remember enjoying a 6 of SA Boston Lager and from there I just started getting into hoppier and hoppier beers. Didn’t matter who the brewery was, just what the ABV was. Not till earlier last year that I had my first BCBS that it hit me like a ton of bricks how amazing beer could actually be. Now I can’t go a day without enjoying the taste of at least one beautifully crafted brew

  20. I was a binge drinking BMC guy, until I met my best friend Kevin. He was getting into IPAs and introduced me to good beer. The circle he ran with was into craft beer and since I have integrated my friends with his, we have a decent beer geek clique.

  21. Not roasty like stouts and porters but definitely malty. Try Skull Splitter for a great scotch ale

  22. Last Summer one of my buddies was talking about Dogfish Head Burton Baton, so I got a 4 pack. Absolutely hated it then, I was just drinking BMC so I wasn’t ready for it, but it really opened my eyes to all the types and kinds of beer. My journey is just beginning, but it has been fantastic already.

  23. My uncle started a brewery in 1996 (I was 18) called Treasure Coast Brewing in Stuart Florida. I don’t know if it were someone letting me drink for free at 18 or the Amber Ale they made but the appreciation I gained for craft beer has stuck ever since.

    The Brewery closed 2 years later

  24. Check the description below:

    My favorites are two barrel aged varieties: Founders Backwoods Bastard and Thirsty Dog Wulver

  25. Private message me your address and I’ll send you a Founders Backwoods Bastard

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  26. My uncle picked me up a copy of Michael Jackson’s 500 Classic Brews, I’ve been trying to hunt them down ever since and that opened the door for all the other options.

  27. Started trying different bourbons, but at ~ $30-50 for 17 drinks it was slow to learn new things. Then I found State Line Liquors’ mixed six-program, ~ $1.50-$2 for a drink. Made it much easier to explore things, got hooked from there.

  28. Sadly,this article perpetuates the usual myths. There is probably more garbage written about Scottish brewing than any other item.

  29. I grew up in “Genesee County” and starting drinking beer during the “dark ages” for American brewing in the late 70s – early 80s. In those days Michelob was “super premium”. Joined the service in 83 and got stationed in AK in 85. For some reason most beer tasted like crap (probably sat in a container yard too long). A shipmate suggested I try an Anchor Steam. Pricy, but a whole lot better than a can of Rainier or Olympia (which were popular in Kodiak in 1985). That got me interested but it wasn’t until around 94 when I was stationed back around DC that I visited the Old Dominion Brewing Company with a bunch of guys I was stationed with. The tour at the time was given by the founder, Jerry Bailey, and 20+ years later I remember that the guy was a hoot and the beers were like nothing I had ever had. After that a bunch of us started seeking out brewpubs and other micros as we called them then. For a while I got almost completely out of the craft scene but I think it’s like riding a bike – you never really forget it. I guess I just love all kinds of beer since I still enjoy everything from a cheap AAL or Malt Liquor to Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA depending on the circumstances. My guess is that most people on this site could publish some very interesting essays on their beer backstory.

  30. I had tried Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams before college, but thought it was gross. Throughout college I drink the BMC stuff . Then, one evening, a few buddies and I went out in Greensboro to this small restaurant/bar/lounge. They had a lot of different craft beer selections. I ordered a Thirsty Dog Cerebrus. I was shocked a beer could be at 10% abv and taste so good. Went home for Thanksgiving and my mom took me to a Total Wine. This was probably 4 1/2 years ago. The rest is history. Oh, I now have no problem with Sierra Nevada or Sam Adams.

  31. I drank Ice Beers and Macros, tried Boston Lager. Got bored, tried some Belgians (Tripel and BSDA). Then Victory came into my life. My liver has never fully forgiven me.

  32. I can’t stand d-bags, so I went to a bar that did not carry any BCM products.

  33. I’ve always like trying new things…I was at a bar and asked what they had on tap…Michelob Pale Ale was one of the offerings. I remember thinking at the time (years ago) wow…flavor! Then the experimenting began…

    I wouldn’t call MPA a craft beer today but at the time the flavor was very pronounced compared to the Miller Lite I had been use to drinking.

    The same thing happened with me and coffee…my first Starbucks was a French Roast…I was blown away…this is how coffee should taste. My tastes have evolved since those early days…Food, beer, wine, liquor, coffee….I’m always looking for the tastes that enhance my life…not just sustain it.

  34. A $250 bar tab for just the tow of you? How is that possible?

  35. I grew up in a small upstate NY town and went to a SUNY in a small upstate NY town as well (GeddyLeeRocks – my first Dead show was also SPAC 1987 – on the lawn). Like many others I never liked beer in high school or college other than finding a pint of Guinness on occasion. My craft beer journey started when I moved to Boston and went to The Sunset Grill. With a variety of beer in over 100 taps and countless number of bottles, the Sunset opened by eyes to a world beyond swill.

  36. Growing up, there was never macro crap in the fridge. My dad pretty much only drank Sam Adams beers and Harpoon IPA, bottoming out at Rolling Rock but only once in awhile. From the time I was 10 or so (early ’90s and onwards), he’d let me have a sip sometimes, or a whole beer occasionally when in high school. By the time I was in college, and people started offering me Natty Ice and similar college swill, and I tasted that kind of garbage for the first time (resulting in drain pour / “WTF?”), I realized he had trained me well. Thanks Dad!

  37. I was not a big beer guy, only drank it occasionally. Went to a gastropub about 6 years ago and ordered a burger and picked out a beer from my hometown just because I was curious about it, It turned out to be a perfect pairing to my burger. That got me curious about other beer and made me pretty much a beer nerd.

    The beer I drank was telegraphs “white ale”

  38. Lol.. Guess you’ve never been to DC. Food and tip are obviously included in that total as well.

  39. Great minds think alike… My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) bought me a Florida Gators aluminum bucket filled with Weihenstephaner. Not how I got into craft beer though.

    I was an avid drinker of Yuengling, Amberbock and MGD, then I saw a mix-pack of Sam Adams one day and thought, “Why not?” … Sam Adams Boston Lager changed my beer drinking habits instantly. After that I was on a constant quest for new brews to see what was out there, even though I wasn’t yet aware of the difference between BMC and Craft at the time.

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