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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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Alan -

<img src="http://www.genx40.com/images/2004d/anchorsteam.JPG" align="left" vspace="10" hspace="10">Finally found a big bottle of Anchor Steam at the LCBO at southern Bank Street in Ottawa, the best LCBO for beer I have seen. The brew pours reddish amber with a nice tan head that fades fairly quickly. Less florally hopped than Liberty, it is still more than a mouth of malt with a nice twiggy or grapefruit rind hop layer right from the outset. That edge is much more at the front of the mouth than the back balancing well with the nice grainy and fruity nature of the malt. This is one of those beers that is balanced, well thought out without being overly clever. Advocatonianism is generally on side. It reminds me a bit of Clancey's Harvest Ale that Olands in Halifax used to brew but only from the first year's brewing around 1997 when they went long on good ingredients.

Ale Conner -

I just wanted to mention that your comparison of Anchor Steam to Clancy's Harvest Ale is interesting. I have consumed both (more than once) and would not have made the comparison. Similar taste and balance maybe, but the aromas are miles apart. Also, Clancy's is not brewed by Oland's, but by Moosehead in Saint John NB. FYI, Moosehead can't seem to figure out what to do with the Clancy's brand. Currently, you can only get Clancy's Amber Ale in the stores and rarely see Clancy's Cream Ale on tap. But the Harvest Ale, which was terrific in its first year, is nowhere to be found. Cheers!

Alan -

Yes, but note that would be a three year old thought recollecting Clancy's Harvest from when it was new about four years before that and, as you say, when it was good.