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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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Paul of Kingston -

Great ask Alan! Being somewhat of a neophyte to the greater world of beer I enjoyed being on the steep part of the beer experience curve in 2006. Being able to explore beer at my local KGBO ad pubs was a treat.

Much of my 2006 summer beer experience came by way of the higly recommend Empire State Brewing Festival in Syracuse. The variety of great american ales present wonderful and it spawned summer favorites for me: Colorado Brewings's Mojo IPA and Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA. After a brief August affair with various wheat and white beers of which Hacker-Pschor and Blanche de Chambly were much liked, the fall began setting in and porters and stouts were showing up at the local shop and in the conversations of fellow hop-heads. While I have always liked Guinness, the opportunity to go further into the style was never provided by the local bar keeps. That changed with an expanded selection of porters and stouts at the KGBO. St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, Mill Street Coffee Porter and Fuller's London Porter became staple favorites.

To think that a mere 18 months ago I was content in quaffing PC Honey Lager seems funny now. Thanks Alan, BR and Tony for all the beerology in 2006.

Alan -

I am trying to think of what KGBO means. But I do like your approach to my question which is more a beer year in review. Here is mine:<ul><li>I think the KSPC is one great addition to my life with beer. We have to expand our local circle, called the Kingston Society for Playing Catch, to make it more of a club than a gang as I also am enjoying the edjification and the reason to get myself to pubs on a more regular basis. I would encourage everyone to start their own chapters of societies for playing catch.</li><p><li>As is the cold room now packed to the rafters with an excellent section of maybe 150 bottles that in the grand scheme of things may be worth something like 800 bucks. When you compare fine craft beer to wine that is peanuts as a cellar of good let alone great wine of the same size would require thousands.</li><p><li>Getting to meet more people in beer has been a great addition. From the brewer/owners of Neustadt Springs in southwest Ontario to the operators of Tully's in southern Maine - not to mention my European sponsors Cracked Kettle and Worthington' White Shield (long may you be clicking upon their links) - this has been a great year for getting to know more about beer. And this week off, on a secret mission, I get to meet two guys in person that I have emailed for a few months or more and am actually looking to see if there is something that they might do together. That is just fun.</li><p><li>More formal beer writing. Through working on a couple of stories for the Great Lakes Brewing News as well as a chapter of the upcoming book <i>Beer and Philosophy</i> I am working on more complex beer questions and happy to find there are depths to plum - because beer is a well that never runs dry.</li></ul>I am sure 2007 is going to be another great year with new people to meet and new ideas to think up.

Paul of Kingston -

KGBO is a contraction of KGB-like LCBO. A cynical reference to the stalanistic-like imperial control over everything drink-related that the LCBO wields over us Ontario plebes.

Expansion of the KSPC - definitely a worthy goal for 2007.

Knut Albert -

The big thing for me in 2006 was the discovery of Dutch craft beer. Easily overlooked besides their neighbours in Belgium and Germany, there has been a steady growth in small scale brewing in the Netherlands. In addition, they have the most lovely beer cafes where you can taste the brews, too. I hadn't been there for 20 years, but I can tell you I won't wait for decades before my next visit!

Paul -

How about just one category of 'Best Beer Experience' of Best Beer Wow !' ?

tx -

mmmm, I've been drinking it longer than this year, but this year it clearly became the best one in my life, the Blue Chimay. Besides that, I've been drinking a lot of the Westmalle Trappist (double) lately since the abbey is only a few kilometers from my house and it's well spread in the bars around here. And as a newcomer in my life I'd like to welcome the St. Bernardus 12, which I did't really loved at first, but it's growing very hard.