A Good Beer Blog

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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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gr -

Um, Alan, the wife noticed that you put the picture of herself and Heidi where the text talks about cows and manure. I am sure no insult was meant, so our readers need to imagine another photo of happy cows standing near a manure pile.

Alan -

I know. I ran out of room and when I am running out of room I have one principle: cut the photo of the pile of poo.

the wife -

Just so long as you and Gary aren't calling me or Heidi a cow.

Alan -

See...I sought to avoid that entirely but I am just the editor around these posts.

Donavan Hall -

Looks like next year I'll be taking the family on an upstate New York brewery tour. Any good lodging within walking distance? This also gives me an idea. Maybe I could convince one of the wineries here on Long Island to host a microbrewery. When I lived in Louisiana, Feliciana Cellars played host to Rikenjaks Brewery, a fine combination.

gr -

Donavan- this is a good place to take a family--swans and fish in the pond, cows in the pasture, good and nicely priced food, huge lake and state parks nearby. As for lodging, it is a bit rural, but the Fox and Grapes is nearby and looks GREAT
http://www.thefoxandthegrapes.com/index.htm
I think you will have a good time overall, this is a nice area, uncrowded and inexpensive too. If you would like to meet us (Gary and Maude as pictured above) email garyrith@yahoo.com and I am sure Alan will explain we are not freaks or axe murderers.

Alan -

We actually need a CNY Good Beer Blog retreat. If we scrape enough of our empties together we could get Lew to come.

gr -

80 wineries and maybe 4 breweries. But they are REALLY GOOD breweries.

Alan -

Four? I'd think we can say at least Ommegang, Cooperstown, Matt, Sackets, Middle Ages, Ithaca, Syracuse Suds and High Falls.

gr -

Depends on how wide your circle is, Alan, radiating out from my house. The point is, of course, wine is OK but a distant third place in my sipping life, behind whiskies and beer, tied at number one.

gr -

Wait, Cooperstown? I think I can plan the next field trip easily.

Donavan Hall -

Okay Gary, you're in my little black beer book.

Donavan Hall -

Alan- I like the idea of a beer retreat. How about A Good Beer Blog mini-festival? Gary's place looks like a good halfway point. I'll bring some homebrew.

Alan -

I am meeting up with Gary this weekend. We will think about that. We should think about something in the fall.

gr -

Why stop there? Maybe a few of the upstate NY and eastern Ontario Gen x at 40 regulars would like to join?
I have found that this brewery is so small, it is kinda hard to find the product even in this area. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I need the stout. I need the honey wheat. And OH, the double bock....

Alan -

As far as I can tell they only bottle the 1812 Amber and this pale ale. It is a fantastic spot, especially after an afternoon Watertown Wizards game.

Alan -

Oops - I transferred my thoughts about Sackets Harbor to Wagner Valley. Does FLB not have a full supply of Wagners?

gr -

Good question, Alan, and I wanna find some 'Ale Mary'.

gr -

It is inevitable, Alan, that my friends at Ithaca Coffee Co would have the complete line of Wagner brews. The famous Chimay, too. The fridge is full to bursting.