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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Greg Clow -

Hey, Alan - I think the * in the subject line for this post has buggered your RSS feed again. It's no longer showing up at RSBS or in my RSS reader.

Alan -

Danged dasterdly "*"!!! But that is on the label this time, Greg. I will have to balance journalistic credibility with technological capability.

Greg Clow -

OK, but it's an unfortunate choice as I (and probably meny others) read your blog via RSS almost exclusively. I follow so many blogs now that visiting them directly just isn't realistic - RSBS and my RSS reader are the most practical solution.

Perhaps you could change the subject, and just mention the '*' in the text of the article? Otherwise, the feed will remain dead.

Alternatively, we could try and figure out why the hell your RSS feed is so persnickety about certain characters in the post titles... ;)

Alan -

Perchance it is your choice of aggregator? What is the effect? Do you just lose the one entry but see all the others?

Greg Clow -

The entire feed is dead. And it's not just my aggregator (Sage, which is a Firefox add-on) that's having the problem, it's also whatever aggregator they're using at RSBS.

It's definately a problem with the feed itself rather than the aggegator(s) having a problem. When I check out http://beerblog.genx40.com/rss in Firefox (not using Sage), I get a page with the following:

XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
Location: http://beerblog.genx40.com/rss
Line Number 46, Column 48: <
title>Tom Paine Original Brown Ale, Harvey & Son, Lewes, England</title>

And hell, now that I've checked that out, it looks like it's not the '*' after all, it's the '&' in a different post entirely! Which is the same problem that you had with the feed a couple of months back, I seem to recall.

Alan -

OK, so if I remove the "&" as I will right now, check the feed to see if it is up. I make a huuuuuuuge distinction between not using "*" and not using "&".

Alan -

The font that was showing up on the front page for the character "&" was quite distinct and maybe it is not recognized by Aggregatotron Central as a HTML entity at all. Dastards all! Makes me want to blog in cave paintings as I already suggested doing over here, though morse code is more practical.

Alan -

I just noticed that the "*" character on my key board is a five pointed thing and that the "8" on the bottle is a six pointed thing. What fresh form of font madness is that?

Greg Clow -

'tis working now. Should show up in RSBS again soon as well.

Be careful with those '&'s from now on, y'hear?

Greg Clow -

On another note - if I ever feel the urge to write some stuff that doesn't quite fit in on the Bar Towel newsfeed and my column at Gremolata, would you be interested in running it here?

I briefly considered starting my own beer blog, but I don't think I'll have enough material to post to make it worthwhile, unless I just copy stuff from other blogs which just seems redundant and/or unethical.

So if you need a Man In Toronto...

Alan -

Bring it on, baby. You are the man in Toronto. Send me something to the beerblog@gmail.com and I will post it under your name and sooner or later I will send you the keys to the castle of the admin page.

Greg Clow -

Cool beans. I don't have anything to post at the moment, but when I do, you'll be the first to know.

Alan -

Popped another. $6.49 at the Galeville grocery. One of the best deals in big IPAs going.

Alan -

Picked another up two weeks ago in Syracuse and still loving it. A big IPA with that northeast USA creamy style without that "I just drank lemon Pledge" feel.