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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 -

Excellent observations. I am keen on this beer culture idea as much as I am on great beer. I find that I am becoming a bit of a prophet for the cause with people I know, putting the good stuff in their hands. Recently a pal admitted he poured out a Molson product in favour of a Syracuse Pale Ale. That was a great moment in beer culture history.

Donavan Hall -

One of the things I realized from reading Pete Brown is that beer geeks (myself included) often forget that there are a lot of people out there who have no idea what we geeks are talking about. Consider the IBU. I'd think nothing of saying a beer has 30 IBUs and I might even think my audience knows what I'm talking about. In reality only the few of us beer specialists understand what an IBU and have a working grasp of what 30 IBUs means. When writing exclusively about the physical and sensory apsect of beer, as we do with tasting notes, it's easy to start writing jargon like mentioning the IBU content. (This contributes to what Brown refers to as our "closed shop.") My suspicion is that there is a larger audience that would be interested in reading about beer if the subject were approached more generally and focused on the context of the consumption rather than the physical sensations that attend the consumption.

Alan -

That is one reason I try to avoid numerical descriptions as well as wine-like talk. I try to use descriptors from everyday food as much as possible - if, that is, twigs are food. And that includes ideas like Cyclops.