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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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Oskar -

My wife and I samples some of their Apricot Ale over the Thanksgiving weekend. Very nice lighter ale with a sweet taste of apricot.Melded perfectly with the beer adding to not taking away from the flavour. Reminds me of the way Magic Hat's No. 9 used to be. A beer with an apricot aftertaste. Not to sweet and something a manly man can drink in his flannel shirt.

Alan -

The two last big big ales reviewed.

The Unabrewer -

I can't believe I haven't stumbled across this brewery. Definitely must give it a try.

Alan -

It is quite the thing, Middle Ages, but they do have house style with the Ringwood and a bit of butteriness which does turn people off like hard water breweries sort of don't do it for me.

gr -

I am sure Alan will eventually change my review title at left to something like 'Gary, one of our reviewers from central NY', and take out the New Hampshire part. I am so glad I moved closer to Middle Ages brewery. The Beast Bitter is better than BAer 98 and scores a billion% with me. Deeep amber color, hoppy bite and afterbite, thick like a milkshake with a fluffy frothy head. Next time, i fill my trunk with ice and as many bottles of this as I can fit in there. I happen to know our host is driving through this week, no doubt he will be filling HIS trunk with this stuff and others.

gr -

Oskar-all I wear, and am wearing now, is manly (beastly even) flannel shirts. But I am not certain that I would go for an apricot ale....

Andy Calimano -

Thirteen of the country’s finest craft brewers will gather at the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society in Oyster Bay on August 22, 2009 from 1:00—5:00pm to showcase their finest cask beer. Festival attendees will be able to try samples of the cask beer from the local, award winning breweries like Blue Point Brewing Company and Black Forest Brew Haus, plus breweries hailing from California, Pennsylvania, New York State, and Massachusetts. The event will be held at the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society located at 14 W. Main Street in Oyster Bay, NY. www.CraftBeerFestivals.com/Caskfest