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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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Matthew -

I am a little puzzled, and maybe it's because I am still learning these styles. But you compare the Stoudt's favorably to La Choulette (of which I am a huge fan), yet you suggest that the Anderson Valley is too much like a biere de garde for its supposed dubbel style. So, doesn't that imply that the Stoudt's is also not really a dubbel? (I have not had either of them yet; just wondering.)

Alan -

I share your question. I find that what a brewey calls a beer often is a bit off from what you find when you the drinker tastes it and thinks about comparisons between what is in the glass before you and what is in your memory. La Choulette has as clear a marker in flavour as any beer I have tried. I thought it (what I call potato peel) was there in both I suppose - but the Stoudt's was also very sour like a Flemish red which made it in no way like a biere de garde like La Choulette. You would not associate the two on a primary level. Conversely, the Anderson dubbel was not that distant from biere de garde, however, and maybe this is an important lesson in the uselessness of styles. Anderson Brother David's Double really has one foot in both camps and pulls it off very nicely as far as I recall. So it is a US version of a Abbey ale in the dubbel style or a biere de garde clone or is it just itself? Do we care? Should we?