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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Ben -

I had the Winter Ale on Fiday night and wasn't particularly thrilled with it. Perhaps I wasn't quite in the mood for someting that heavy but it came across as just... too much. Too much coffee, licorice and something else I can't quite put my finger on. Too malty perhaps? It was a like a party in my mouth but too many people were invited.

On a side note I picked up a Kasteel from an LCBO a few weeks ago and ended up committing a crime against beer- I poured it down the sink after deeming it undrinkable. Perhaps it was a bottle gone bad but it tasted like cheap sour wine.

Alan -

It must have been a bad Kasteel as it isn't really thin - unless what you are discribing is a complete unawareness of the entire Belgian palate of ales, which would not be an accusation, only a fact.

Ben -

I have had various effes and enjoyed them so I don't think it's an unawareness of Belgians.

Alan -

Then it must have been a stinker bottle then, Ben, as my recollection of this ale is it is like drinking richly oaked brown sugar. It really is like a beefier Leffe Brown, come to think of it. Give it another try. Gowaaaaan.

Alan -

Months later and another St. Peter's Winter Ale. A pumperknickle of a beer.

e -

i love both those beers there my fav i drink 4 of each every weeknd