A Good Beer Blog


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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Thomas -

I have heard it makes a great sterile liquid to rinse out carboys and the like to remove any leftover sanitizing solution when you homebrew.

Greg Clow -

Your next experiment should be to mix a can of each version together. It might open up some sort of weird beer wormhole or something.

And you could send me a can so I can rate it at RateBeer without plunking down the cash for a sixer. :)

Oh yeah, I have a beer blog now. Link above.

Alan -

So what are 5+5=10 PBR worth on the open market? Is it like one 1975 Chuck Lefley?

gr -

I put Heneiken up against Fosters last fall (full disclosure: I am not a lager guy, I am an ale fan) and was very surprised. Fosters, to my taste, was a million times better. I think Sam Adams may be one of the best lagers. HOWEVER, none of these are cheap, none in the PBR range of cold, wet, fizzy, affordable, so why not simply buy a good ale instead?
OK-this is what you do with your ten PBR. At the start of the evening, or dinner or whatever, have a PBR. Then have a nut brown ale or something, it will taste a hundred times better than usual.

Alan -

What to do with ten spare PBR? I am really stuck. I even feel bad about putting them in a bucket of ice for the unsuspecting at a party.

gr -

How 'bout slapping a couple stamps on them and shipping them to portland? Maybe he will send some clams by return post. A good deal.

Pico -

Mixing CDN and US PBR?? I would expect you would end up with Vermont.

Thomas -

gr, regarding the Fosters vs Heneiken test, were they both in the can? I would expect Fosters in a can while Hene in a bottle would be an unfair comparison.

As for uses for the cans pistol practice, anyone? Oh wait you are in Canada not the States. ;-) Maybe some beer can chicken.


gr -

Why yes, Thomas, it was canned Fosters and bottled Heine, but exactly what difference does that make in a glass? I would still prefer ale anyway. You're right about those PBR cans, remember the mentos and coke bottle explosions? You have 10 little opportunities to amuse the kiddies.

Thomas -

Simple gr, the skunking factor. It doesn't exist in the Fosters because it can't get light struck and the Heine in a bottle probably was. A retry with both in cans would be a more realistic comparison.

I generally prefer the ale as well, but there is a time and place for everything.

Pico -

"What to do with ten spare PBR?"

How about seeing if you can duplicate the mentos/diet coke phenomenon with PBR? Start with Mentos and add other assorted bits of things and see what happens.

I had no luck getting anything noteworthy to erupt out of my Coors Light without having to resort to elemental phosphorous (not recommended BTW).

gr -

You make a really good point, Thomas. The 'are you human' thing had gag and a couple other letters. I understand your point, but if that Heine had been skunky I would have gagged. The day I did the test I was VERY surprised, as Heine has a reputation, but all taste tests are personal, just like I may prefer more pepper and less salt than you. I am often tempted to try St Pauli Girl for the first time in years, because, well....you know, but I just don't favor lagers. Speaking of skunky, my kindly and otherwise perfect friends next door invite us over all the time. Labatt Blue is their favorite. I will agree that it is wet, and when refrigerated, cold. It is also affordable and has some alcohol in it. Somehow, no matter how fast it comes from the factory to the store, it epitomizes skunky. I am gently introducing these fine people to some of my favorites...

Rappster -

Send te PBR to me cause I'll drink them up. PBR is the greatest tasting beer on the planet. Don't get me wrong, there are good ones out there but if you want the best, PBR all day long.

Alan -

I am experimenting with the P'brona. Tiny squeeze of lemon. A cousin to the Milrona and the Molrona.

Bradford Ramage -

Here in british columbia we get different pabst than that ontario can you hold there, ours is a percent stronger than that making it 5.9% and the best thing in the liquor store dollar for beer. just thought id let ya know