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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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Travis -

Sounds like Sammy screwed the pooch on this one. I love pilsner. I hate gimmicks. Golden Shower? That has to be the least appetizing name I could imagine. What's next? Snowball Belgian White?

Knut -

At 9%, it is certainly not a pilsner. Some of these super strong lagers are fine, others are more the result of trying to pack in the maximum level of alcohol.

Paul -

Golden shower?? Man they should have researched that one a it more before sticking it on their label. Last time I heard that term it meant a delivery of warm piss onto one's head - yummy!?!?

The Beer Witch -

I really dislike pilsners myself, but at the same time, I have liked a lot of the Imperial or Uber pilsners that I've had. (In fact, my house went through a keg of Clipper City's Small Craft Warning last year. =)

It's not just that they are more intoxicating then their non-Imperial brethren, it's that they do tend to be worlds sweeter and more complex. The logic behind them is not just, "More alcohol!" but, "More taste!" And, more importantly, "Better taste!"

I think that Dogfish Head knew what Golden Shower means. I think they were trying to be funny, playing on the idea that pilsners are piss-beer. And it really doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I actually think it's kind of amusing myself.

I sampled this beer at the Beer Expo in State College last month. I really liked it. And I loved the slogan the guys serving it were throwing around, "Fight Pilsner Imperialism!"

Al -

I agree with Beer Witch on the name. Now, there happens to be a breed of roses also called Golden Shower, but I think it was named long before the current meaning came into usage.

I've been on a bit of a pilsner kick lately. I'll have to give this one a try (even if it's not a "true" pils). Delaware is local so I should be able to find it.

Donavan -

I didn't write the review on BA, but after choking about four ounces of this drain cleaner down in the hopes of getting some material for a beer review, I finally gave up and dumped the bottle in disgust. If you must try this beer, do it with a large group of friends that way you'll feel less guilty about committing the remainder to the deep. Moving right along...

Justin -

I personally am not a big Pilsner fan to begin with so this does not sound all that enticing in the first place, let alone the awful name. I have tried an Imperial Pilsner before - Rogue's Mori Moto Imperial Pilsner which I found to be undrinkable (is that a word?). I do on the other hand love everything that comes out of the Dogfish Head brewery so I could be convinced to share a bottle with 2-3 others.

Ron Pattinson -

The idea of an Imperial Pilsner is ludicrous. Brewing one demonstrates a lamentable lack of understanding of beer styles and how they relate to one another.

What next - an Imperial Helles? An Imperial Export? An Imperial Maerzen? An Imperial Dunkles? An Imperial Berliner Weisse? Surely pils is a little obvious - why not "imperialise" a less fashinable style?

Or what about doing it the other way around - a Lite Doppelbock?

Alan -

Suggesting Dogfish is acting ludicrously due to its denial of the strictures of style kind of misses the point that they have founded their entire success upon denial of the strictures of style.

Bryan -

Well stated, Alan. It is often the careful, calculated bending and breaking of certain rules that create the most successful entrepreneurs. Of course, I do understand some of the more sacrosanct rules of brewing. But, in this case, I do not believe that a "little extra" something (hops, barley, etc.) makes for something to ridicule....unless, of course, the end product really does not present an appealing beer. I have two bottles still waiting for me in my cooler, so I'm not ready to render my opinion on this particular brew.

Donavan Hall -

Two bottles? Ouch. I hope they were given to you. (Then again, maybe not.)