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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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The Angler -

Six months after Celis stopped brewing I was in Belgium for a conference. Of course I visited all the pubs and beer shops I could find while there. In Leuven I found a beer shop that had a wall of bottles with the Celis label on them: Celis Brewery Austin Texas. I asked one of the locals if they knew anything about the beer. I was told that Celis had returned to Belgium and was brewing again. Don't know if that was true or not. Nice to see that Michigan Brewing has picked up Celis and is brewing a Grand Cru version too. For Xmas my wife ordered me a case of Hoegaarden Grand Cru. I would be nice to do a head to head taste comparison.

Jennifer -

Hello. My husband and I tried the Hoegaarden Belgian White beer here in Santa Fe, NM, just a couple of weeks ago. I have to tell you, it's my favorite beer so far. Seeing that my husband is a huge "import" beer enthusiast, he especially loves to try new beers. We definately fell in love with this one. It's very tasty with an orange slice in it as well. Can you tell me where I can order it here in the states? Maybe give me a contact #. I know they are imported through Norwalk, CT. Anything would help.

Alan -

Hi Jennifer.

Check with this business that appears to be a local beer wholesaler in Santa Fe. They should beable to tell you where a good beer shop is:

Premier Distributing Co
2680 Sawmill Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 473-0595

Even though I bet there is a shop in Santa Fe, you can try calling these shops in Albuquerque:

Kelly Liquors
2226 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87112
phone: (505) 296-7815

Quarters Discount Liquors
801 Yale Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106
phone: (505) 247-8579

Jubilation Fine Wines
3512 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106-1336
phone: (505) 255-4404

Remember that there are other white beers besides Hoegaarden that are very respectable versions of the style. Your local Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe also seems to brew a white beer as a seasonal. Take that fella out and see if they have it on tap.

Nermal -

I am in search of hoegaarden grand cru in California. So far i have only found very expensive imports online. Please email if you know.

Beer Titan -

Your review describes "the thickness and lipstickiness of the Belgian candi sugar." I believe that is pure imagination. So-called "Belgian candi sugar" is nothing but sucrose (table sugar), plain and simple, and as such it is completely fermentable so would actually serve to thin out the body of the beer rather that make it somehow thicker. Also, I visited the original Celis Brewery, and they had plain old table sugar in plain view in the brewery. Assuming it was used in the Grand Cru (at the time they described it as an all-malt beer, so I assumed no sugar at all), and Michigan Brewing uses the same recipe, their simply is no "Belgian Candi suagr" in it at all!

Alan -

Of course it is imagination. It's my imagination and the effort to describe things. There is a thing there that I tasted a year and a half ago and that kind of sugar additive leaves for my what I think of an effect like icing on the lips. You might describe it as something else, not notice it or combine half a sensation with other sensations to come up with something else.