A Good Beer Blog


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."


Comments are locked. No additional comments may be posted.

gary -

Alan--I have expressed fondness for the Saranac line before. These are some good and adventurous choices, all in one 12-pack!
A friend brought over Sam Adams Summer Ale the other day. It was not as lemony as you describe above, nor was it as wheaty as some of these beers I have tried. To tell the truth, it was a very ordinary, unexceptional tasting beer, which surprised me. Wheat beers are usually a distinct and special taste, in my mind, and this struck me as a mass marketed ploy to jump on a bandwagon and sell product.

Alan -

It has been a while since I have actually enjoyed any Sam Adams I try. The Saranac pack was much more interesting even though it is nothing compared to that Holyoke 12 pack of the spring. I will renew that aquaintance this summer. I suggest you drive down from NH to MA to hunt one out. You know you are only really a beer nerd when you cross borders to find what you want.

gary -

INTERNATIONAL borders? Beer nerd? Moi? We went to a German restaurant a couple of summers ago, and naturally, when in Rome and so forth, we tried a few German wheat beers. Holy cats! The Germans know how to bake, make sausage, and make a truly refreshing and tasty wheat beer. Maybe my tastes are ruined.
As for Sam Adams in general, maybe college students graduate from keg beer to Sam Adams when they think they can impress a chick (if their ads are to be believed).

Alan -

I think of it as a gateway beer - but there are two gates, only one of which has real ale behind it. <p>That reminds me. It's a muggy hot evening here and I have to decide what bottle goes into the fridge.

Myke -

Hey Alan. It is currently Sunday, July 24th, and some time between later this week, possibly either Friday the 29th, or Saturday the 30th, I plan on taking the ferry over to Rochester to buy a copule boxes of this Saranac mixer. I am only going to be beer and comeback. In other words, I will be gone no more, or longer, than just a day. How much duty will I have to pay upon my return? Also, where do you get your Saranac, Any suugestions and feedback would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Alan -

Good question. My experience is that the duty and everything add 37% to beer brought into Canada beyond any duty-free levels. Take all your receipts and, better, if you have a digital camera take some photo to show the guys at customs and email me later for a post here...that is how you get to be an author here at <i>AGGB</i>!!!<p>If you are going to Rochester go to a place called "Beers of the World" - here is some information. I have never been there, understand the staff are a bit stand offish and you should check expiry dates on some stuff that might not move that fast - but you should be in a state of shock for about 17 minutes after you enter the place if you are an Ontario beer nerd.

Alan -

PS - I buy my Saranac at the grocery store just over the border in Watertown. That and Lake Placid are the only small brews that make it to that part of the North Country of NY.

Jonathan -

I am from Utica, home of the F.X. Matt brewery - makers of Saranac and Utica Club beer. The real Saranac sampler to get is the 12 beers of Christmas - a real treat! My favorite is the Black Forest - available year round.


Peggy Entwistle -

I'm originally from the Utica area but moved to North Carolinaa few years ago. I have seen some Saranac beer sold in some stores but can you tell me if the Christmas 12 pk. is available here in NC?