(Original post by Salgoud)
Not at all! I live in Scotland and do a lot of freelance whisky reviewing work, so I'm a bit anal.
Plus some people (like myself) find that sort of thing interesting.
Not had the Jeremiah weed but sounds intriguing, will definitely give that a try at some point this week - cheers for the tip.
I didn't like beer much until I was about 18-19 either, and I attribute my change of heart to two brews: Innis & Gunn (original), and Deuchars IPA (both are superb beers!!)
There's no sense forcing yourself to drink something just because beer is what a guy is expected to drink, so if that's why you're trying to get into it, I'd say just drink whatever you like, but keep trying beers when the opportunity is presented if you're intrigued (First rule of trying beers, don't turn anything down! Lambic Fruit beers are an interesting intro to Belgians or indeed all beers for example!!)
If you would genuinely like to get into beers and see what the fuss is about, however, I'd say start with easier, milder beers - that is, start British (- thats good advice I can only back-up, I didn't touch a non-standard foreign ale until I was 19)
! A good, traditional British ale is hard to beat, and they are often excellent introductions into the world of beer. I'd recommend that you try a decent IPA and a good Stout (not Guinness and the like; smaller breweries are almost always better, as guinness tastes of nothing) - I won't recommend you a particular brewery as the best ones (imho) are often local. Ensure that it's not from a bottle and that it's served from a pump (which again rules out guinness and the like), as these are often much better.
If you don't fancy a trek to the pub, there are some good bottled options as well. If you think the taste of beer is overwhelming, there are plenty of beers that use additional ingredients that take the edge off. Several good examples of this can be found in Williams Brothers range (http://www.williamsbrosbrew.com/beerboard
), (fantastic few Williams Brothers beers on a pub crawl of Edinburgh, an incredible beer city and an incredible intro to Scottish beer!)
these are good in bottled form as well, and my personal favourites are Alba and Fraoch. The traditional hoppy/malty flavours take a bit more of a back seat in these types of beer, which allows you to get used to them gradually.
Hope that helps.