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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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Chris -

Hehehe! I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw the humor in that.

Greg Clow -

They seem to be of the impression that blogs are defined by the software used to publish them rather than the format and content - i.e.: "It’s simply a skin, of sorts, that sits on top of our homegrown forum code and collects tagged entries vs. installing some 3rd-party bloated-blog-ware on the site that we then have to then integrate."

Whatever. As long as it's useful and entertaining information, I look forward to reading it. I just wish they'd lose some of the attitude.

Alan -

I was going to ask you about that, Greg. I naturally gravitated to Beer Advocate over RateBeer but I am not exactly sure why. I use them for the cross reference on my reviews of beer mostly as I wanted to keep it consistent. I know you prefer RateBeer from your mentions of the amount of reviewing you have done there.

Chris -

I find both sites useful for different reasons. BA almost always has the first reviews for new east coast beers due to the heavy east coast membership whereas Ratebeer usually has the lead on west coast and European beers. I find the harsh black and white scheme of BA a little harder on the eyes, but that's a small concern.

The biggest difference for me is linking; BA requires you to join/log-in to view beer reviews so I usually link to ratebeer when posting on our blog. I dislike having to register for things (like the NYT) in order to read an article, and I want to avoid doing that to our visitors unless it's absolutely neccessary.