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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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blork -

This is the "summer of lagers" for me -- primarily because it has been so hot and humid, and a good crisp lager goes well with such days. As such, I've been drinking a lot of European lagers in the past few months -- none of them obsure by any means. I've enjoyed it as a nice change from a decade or two of darker beers.

All that to say, back in early July, while I was pouring a 500 ml can of DAB into a tall glass, an inlaw commented "those European beers always taste better out of a can." Ding! A light went on, and I realized he was right. At least as far as lagers and pilsners are concerned, I think the can preserves them better than bottles.

Knut Albert Solem -

I agree. Especially German pilsners IMHO, and I would say the same for Bavarian Weizen as well.
At the same time, I feel that when they started selling Grolsch in cans instead of the old-fashioned bottle, it was definitely a loss. But that has much more to do with nostalgia (getting drunk on the stuff in Holland a few decades ago) and what pleases the eye and not the palate.
And it also a matter of a sensible use of resources. I find it silly to ship bottles of bland lager across the world, not to mention Lufthansa serving bottles instead of cans aboard their planes
- http://beerblog.motime.com/post/464692
We have the same discussion here in Norway at the moment, with some complaints about metallic taste of the Mack beers - see "New brews from the Midnight Sun


Knut Albert in Norway

Beered -

Strange how we all coordinate postings without a phone call the morning before. Actually, Baba Beer just created an Alan-like "stash" at a previously undiscovered shop in Virginia. Among the finds were two canned west coast styled beers.

I await all y'alls thinkings...though (even at this early hour) I am moved to face the gasoline prices and drive over to the SpiritHaus.

Alan -

And it is most excellent that the shop is called Norm's.

Reif -

I generally prefer bottles and was surprised when Capitol Brewery in Madison, WI started putting its Amber in cans about a year ago. Shockingly, it was better in cans, much better! Capitol’s Amber tastes distinctly crisper, fresher, and much more like it does on tap when served in a can as opposed to a bottle. This was an eye-opener to aluminum for me.

Rene Levell -

I usually mix and match import selections from my local government store as the best deals on price are the 500ml single cans. Many of the brands are recognizable European brands such as DAB,Holsten,Lowenbrau,Stella,Veltins, etc are available and seemingly stock is always fresh.I have no problem with "beer in a can" and have never come across taste issues.