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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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blake mikesell -

Chances are if the beer is quality, you have nothing to worry about as long as it was in the right conditions.

As a brewer myself, I try to keep my beers as long as possible (though temptation is great) to get the best flavour out of my beer.

I have seen some labels from overseas breweries put the joke expiration date of 2025 on bottles to indicate that you should keep them as long as possible.

I say beer, like wine, gets better with age. As long as its not too light.

Alan -

Depends on the strength, too. The weaker the alcohol the less likely it is well preserved. Real ale yeasts in stronger beers hit a wall at a certain strength that stops them from eating everything possible. Lower strength ones can be left very thin over time due to almost total attenuation.

Mark Dixon -

I worked at Picaroons brewery the Summer of 98 so there is a good chance that it was me who bottled that bottle. I spent most of my time that Summer in rubber boots and hip-waders operating the bottler that bottled 3 bottles at a time.

The best part of that job was being an official taster (free beer). Picaroons is some of the best beer I have tasted (I am no longer biased - I do not work there any longer).

josh -

G = July
25 = the day
0 = the year

so 25 of july 2000 ;)