I started with Irish whiskey (many a dram of Jameson has passed my lips) and still enjoy it occasionally... especially Redbreast. When I moved to Texas a few years ago, I found that our neighborhood had a monthly scotch (and other) tasting club. Everyone brings a bottle to share along with some snacks. Most guys bring scotch or bourbon. That's when I developed a taste for single malt scotch and now prefer it over the Irish. I hated peat at first and now really like it! About half of my regular varieties contain peat.Irish Whiskey, don't like peat so much.
I think even regular Sierra Nevada (pale ale) is a good bang/buck. And it has just a little hoppyishness.Sucker for a good craft beer (I prefer hazy IPA's in particular), I live about an hour from Treehouse Brewery so every once in a while me and the roommates will pitch in and get a case or two. Being broke 20 somethings though, not something we do too often hahaha the typical beer we keep in our fridge is the Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing, good bang for your buck in my opinion!