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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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Lubiere -

Great news for us in Ottawa. Bessette is less than one hour from the NCR. Do check out CJ's next time your in the area. It's in Potsdam. They also have a nice beer bar, Maxfield's:


Luc aka Lubiere

Alan -

With it 112 km south of you, I'd be wondering why anyone in Ottawa would shop at the LCBO again. But call ahead to make sure the delivery truck isn't coming the next day: (315) 386-4464.<p><center><img src="http://www.genx40.com/images/2006g/ottcan.JPG" vspace="20"></center>

Lubiere -

Me and Todd (Capflu) have been going there for the last 2 years but the selection had dwindled due to lack of a regular distributor. But fear not, we shall give them the busines they now deserve! Thanks for the great news, Alan!

Alan -

Excellent! All a place like that would take is about 25 folk to give them good support for them to stick to it. They have given over about 35% of their shelf and floor space to the craft beers which speaks something to their determination.

Fukito -

Shite! Everytime I see pictures like this it makes my mouth water!! If only I could get half that selection...

Peter -

Alan, your post brings up excellent memories for this Alberta boy. I got married in Alberta in the summer of '87. We moved to Kingston so my wife could do her MA at Queen's. I worked at a bookstore and puzzled my way through the new reality: "The Beer Store", "The LCBO". Out of my mind one Sunday without beer or wine (Holier-than-thou Ontario eh?) I left my wife a note on the kitchen table: "Gone to USA". Drove east to the bridge (Alexandria?). Drove along the river back towards Kingston. Found a place that sold wine or something they called wine. Took the ferries via Wolfe Island back to Kingston. Of course, my wife was more than a little worried by the time I arrived, triumphantly, back at Sir John A MacDonald Ave! Northern NY seemed like a hardscrabble wasteland back then - glad to see you've found some good beer depots.

Alan -

Not a King at Princess bookstore by any chance?

Peter -

No, not the Princess Bookstore. Queen's Bookstore. An unfortunate introduction to bookselling actually as everyone I worked with hated books and "smart guys". Loved my one year in Kingston though - Pilot House was my local, with frequent stops at the Toucan, very occasionally the Duke (?). And saw the Hip at the Manor, a brush with greatness I mention now and again.