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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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Paul Garrard -

Alan is Boxing Day celebrated in Canada ?
I know the concept isn't understood in the USA.

We used to stock Ridgeway beers, they came via a bottling company that were called IBS who bottled for quite a few breweries. I don't suppose it matters if it's not a proper brewery as long as the beer tastes good.

Stonch -

There are several British companies that pay a real brewery to produce beer for them which they then sell under the name of a fictitious brewery. Ridgeway is one, Innis & Gunn is another.

brett maxwell -

I picked up an Insanely Bad Elf (11% Imp. Red) last week out of curiosity and really enjoyed it. The only complaint I could come up with was lack of head, but then I found it is only ranked a 53 on RateBeer and I have to strongly disagree. I don't get it, I seem to have a pretty good feel of how stuff ranks on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate, and I would have guessed this one would fall in around 92-93.

Paul Garrard -

Brett, I wouldn't call the "lack of head" a complaint. Sounds fine to me !

Bojangles -

I hear that Middle Ages in Syracuse made a Boxing Day Bitter. I haven't tried it, but I heard good things, and you've gotta love the name.