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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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Keith Farrell -

Terry Foster also wrote Dr. Fosters Book of Beer, it's out of print but I was able to find it on Amazon. It was his first book and covers the history of the different types of beer, it also has a number recipes in it. If you can find it I highly suggest picking it up.

dennis haynes -

I am probably going against the grain here, but, I have yet ( I am 68 ) to find an American made Ale of any kind...........red, amber, IPA, etc. that remotely tastes like good old BASS. And, believe me , I have tired.
they all taste Sweet, for lack of a better word.
Can you tell me why or direct me to an American craft beer that really gives me the full BASS flavor? I live in Colorado and California which are full of craft brews...........to the point of making BASS hard to find ............ on tap.

Help please

Nicholas Blanton -

I took up homebrewing in Nashville, Tennessee, at a time ( early 70's) when there was nothing but light pilsner ( like Budweiser) available. Homebrewing was necessary for anyone who wanted something that wasn't very close to hop-flavored water. Newer recipes are better, of course, as more ingredients are now available, but Ken Shales' book was a marvel of concise clear instruction, decent recipes and good humor, and I'd never have lasted without it. Thanks for mentioning him.

Jake C -

I rediscovered Ken Shale's book 'Brewing Better Beers' in the bottom of my "brewer box" the other day. I wonder if anyone could be so kind as to direct me to an Obituary for Ken. I feel like he is an old friend and have often raised a glass of home brew in his honour. I sure would like to know more about him.