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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 -

I think the poor beers being served at the place in Vancouver are the fault of the chef. If you check the story again, you'll see that he is quoted as saying that his favourite beer is Stella. Yet another example of a gourmet chef having absolutely atrocious taste in beer.

This reminds me of a review that Jacob Richler (I think) wrote a year or so back of a meal at one of Toronto's upscale restos that featured wine & beer pairings with every course. The wines were very high quality, while the beers where a bunch of InBev imports and Innis & Gunn. He said that he vastly preferred the wine to the beer in all cases. Well, duh!

Alan -

So how does this chef with poor taste in beer who presenting a non-unique and dully planned out beer and cheese event get space in a national newspaper?

Ian in Cowtown -

Slow news day and a looming deadline? Mayhaps the chef has good connections and can hype well. Anyhow, I too was disappointed with the beer choices. Given the number of good English-style ales on the West coast, the chef could have done much better. Overall, I'd rather have Spinnaker's beer and chocolate pairings. It would be easier to convince the wife too:


Oh, and the 1516 mentioned in the article was almost certainly this one:


Like the reviews say, its nice on a hot summer day, but not particularly complex.

Peter -

Hmm. CBC published a CP wire story back in November that is pretty close to the Globe's story:

As to the Globe story - it is hard to avoid rolling one's eyes at these little tales but I remind myself that beer has come a long way in the past few years in 'man on the street' perception, but it still has a long way to go. So every positive story helps, even annoyingly naive ones.

My question is with the cheese. Is it local BC cheese? The restaurant's website brags about sourcing locally but the chef sounds like the only good cheese is from the old sod!

Here's a Pacific NW cheese blog (why does that sound funnier than beer blog?) that has links to BC cheesemakers and notes a Rogue Ales cheese'n'beer tasting in 2005 at the annual Oregon Brewing Festival:

Joe -

If someone hosts a beer dinner using Sly Fox beer, then I certainly hope that Sly Fox's quality has improved significantly. I haven't had a beer of theirs in at least 6 years, but back then it was like licking a stick of fake butter.

Alan -

Here is a reference to a few such events in North Carolina.

Di Bruno Bros. Upcoming Events -

Ommegang Beer & Cheese
Friday June 8th
6 – 8pm
$45. per person
Patrick LaZalle will be co-hosting this event along with our award winning cheese monger Zeke Ferguson. We will taste Omegang’s great beers that are made locally and inspired from full flavored Belgian ales. Patrick will be bringing some surprises and Zeke will make sure they are perfectly paired with a rare selection of Di Bruno Cheeses.

Neal’s Yard Cheeses & English Beer Night
Friday July 6th
6 – 8pm
$50. per person
Our cheese monger, Hunter Fike and Jason Hinds, of Neal’s Yard Dairy in England will put together our first all English beer and cheese night. Our first time featuring products from some oldest cheese and beer recipes in the world. This promises to be a educational culinary evening that will sell out.

Cheese Wars
Thursday, August 23rd
6 – 8:30pm
$50. per person
Join Garrett Oliver from “The Brewmaster’s Table” and sommelier, Brian Freedman from The Wine School of Philadelphia, along with Di Bruno’s cheeses. The evening will include a discussion with our guest hosts and one of our cheese mongers. We pick the cheeses and our guest hosts pick the wine or beer that will be the best pairing.
You make the decision.

Brooklyn Brewery & Garrett Oliver
Thursday September 6th
6 – 8pm
$45. per person