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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 -

I finally opened this after a couple of weeks in the fridge to let it settle out. I think this had gone through a bit of an extended life on the shelf but as it was real ale - with a very large yeast deposit on the bottom of the bottle - all is well. It is fairly dry with a high carbonation level. A rocky lively off-white foam head sits over light to medium amber ale. There is not much to the taste, though it is a bit cidery and there is a bit of a rough edge hop showing up. I think I will let it warm up to see if more flavours come out.

Alan -

Later: very cidery, even vineous. It could be that the beer has eaten itself, taken all the residual sugars that an amber might have and eaten them in the bottle. There is a hoppy element to it and sourness from the yeast. Who knows? This beer is so far for me from any context this is what the Basques of France may like. It would certainly go well with seafood.