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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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Baba Beer -

Damn Alan, someone left a shitty advertisement for poker on this forum!

[Ed.: <i>I have the power to render it GONE!!!</i>]

Regarding the beer, I have been comming accross the term "Pre Prohibition Beer" lately. This term seems to be used to describe simple lagers like National Bohemium or Genny. I resepect and enjoy this class of beer. Is this Iron City brew one of these?

Its interesting to me these beers are also considered working class beers, something for the guy who spent the whole day in the mine or metal factory. I might have to continue this thought in the new symposium...

Alan -

Indeed. Within Lew's tome <i>Pennsylvania Breweries</i> (2d) he indicates this lager dates from 1861. It likely survived prohibition because 22 breweries in western PA formed the Pittsburg Brewing Company in 1899 giving it the resources to withstand the age of insanity. I think Pennsylvania, like our Quebec and to a lesser degree Ontario, avoided much of the carnage of prohibition through a lax local interest in a flat out ban. As a result, the longest legacies can still be found in these places. I have a <i>JCB</i> article to do perhaps for a later volume on the mid-1800s taverns of my fair town as we appear to have four that have been in continuous action for 150 years - not bad for a country 140 years old.

Knut Albert Solem -

How do you go about photographing metallic bottles and cans, Alan?

Alan -

This is my trick. No flash and you have to shield the thing from the light in the room then boost the lightness with photoshopping.

Richard Brewer-Hay -

I managed to pick up a bottle of this brew when I was in Canton, Ohio in early August for Dan Marino's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They had special, limited edition "steel" bottles with Marino on the side. The bottle I'm keeping in my brewery as a collector's item but the beer itself wasn't very good at all in my honest opinion.

Alan -

Fair enough. There is a lot of room between "not very good" and "not bad" and I think it's right in there.

Ashley O'Malley -

I too have tried this beer and all I can say is that it is very good. I had visited my Uncle John in Toronto and he had a case of the aluminum bottles and they were a hit with my over 21 college friends. Very cool marketing.

GARY & SANDIE -

WE HAVE A SIX PACK OF PITTSBURG STEELERS BEER, AND WE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT ANY AND ALL INFORMATION ABOUT IT LIKE, DATE MADE, VALUE TODAY, COLLECTORS, ETC. THIS SIX PACK IS APPROX. 20-30 YEARS OLD, AND IS IN LIKE NEW CONDITION. WE HOPE YOU CAN HELP US WITH ANY INFORMATION. THANK YOU, SINCERELY, GARY & SANDIE HUSSMAN

Dave Eichner -

I have an unopened 12oz bottle of The Pittsburg Brewing Company beer Olde Frothingslosh with a glow-in-the-dark lable. Can anyone tell me what it may be worth. It is in mint condition. E-Mail me at neichner@aol.com

wayne gottshall -

I live in Pensacola, FL and nowhere can I find ICB. This is quite disturbing since I grew up drinking ICB with my uncle listening to the radio broadcasts of the Pirates by Bob Prince. Needless to say I was underage but who cares I have great memories of this. Anyway, I come to Pittsburgh and the first thing I am looking for is a cold ICB, where can I find this in my part of the world or do I just have to do without?

From Altoona native, GO STEELERS! first to 6

Wayne Gottshall
20328 Sweetwater Loop
Seminole,AL 36574

Janet -

I have 18 Frothingslosh 12 oz bottles I believe the ones that came out at Christmas jet fuel, old home etc Do you have any idea if they are worth anything They are in good condition empty with metal caps

Steve Gates -

Alan, I find with these working class beers that they go very well with work, hard work, outdoor in the sun ( digging a pool, wheel barrowing top soil, breaking rock with a 8 lb sledge ) All mind in neutral beast of burden work where a pre prohibition style, massed produced, yellow beer is exactly what the doctor ordered. The writing your doing on Ktown drinking establishments pre Confederation sounds very interesting, can you hook me up with a copy? I don't know what happened to your line of topics in this segment but it has deteriorated into Kijiji advertisement for "whats my beer can worth" Gotta love it.