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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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Greg Clow -

Alan, I think you've provided a good counterpoint to my review of Perrie's book. In retrospect, I may have been guilty of a bit of rah-rah hometeam boosterism myself - I am admittedly prone to such things.

Also, I'm not sure what you mean by this bit: "(Ontario) craft brewing... has none of the general community support in the bars of the province..." While it may not be widespread, I don't think this is entirely true, at least not in Toronto. Local craft brews like Mill Street and Steam Whistle have been making a lot of inroads in T.O.'s beer and restaurant scene, and a good number of places are devoting their taps exclusively (or close to it) to Ontario craft beers. We may not be up to US levels yet, but it's certainly better than it was just a few years ago when the best you could hope to find in most places was a stale pint of Creemore.

Alan -

That is good news and you are right but I was meaning - without properly describing - how pervasive a beer like Allagash White is in Portland Maine or Syracuse Pale Ale is down in that good town. While they are not in every bar but they are in so many, including your basic sports bar, that you do not go hunting for specialty beer bars in those sorts of towns. But you are right that things are better and I am quite happy to report that the Kingston Brew Pub is also carrying more craft brews from around the province. But I want them everywhere. I have only so many nights out left to me.

Fukito -

Alan, I have been reading your Blog for some time now and I find it really entertaining (it´s the first thing I check when I start my day at the office). I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, love good beer and homebrewing.

Of those three books I have only read Sam Calagione (hope to someday check his beers too!!) and found it very entertaining but, as you stated before, it´s more suitable for the wannabe enterpreneur, manager or bussines student.
Being myself a beer lover, a homebrewer, a wannabe entrepreneur and having a bussines administration degree I found it well worth the money. It was very fun too and catchy.

I have recently completed "Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery" and, although finding it OK, it was more focused on bussines and enterpreneurship.

Personally I found "Brewing up.." much more entertaining both for the beer lover and the bussines reader.


Knut -

Two new British books. I have ordered them, so I'll eventually get around to reviewing, too:

Three Sheets to the Wind: One Man's Quest for the Meaning of Beer (Paperback)

The Longest Crawl (Paperback)
by Ian Marchant

I don't expect candidates for the Nobel prize in literature, but some fun Summer reading.

Alan -

Hi Fukito! Anytime you want to send and article on the beer scene in Argentina feel free. Email it to beerblog@gmail.com. That is how Knut and Donavan got started around here and we are always looking for people interested in beer all around the globe.

Bogie -


I definitely appreciated the Beer School for its entreprenurial aspects. I found it quite inspirational that someone like Hindy would follow his dreams and overcome the hardships that comes with starting a new business. You're right though less on beer and more on business.