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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 of Kingston -

Well yes - I do think that Seate's column has a point. And while I don't share his cynic-journalist mockery of an honest appreciation of the craft, I think that I voiced a related concern to yours Al in my beef over the St. Peters Vintage Ale release. An excellent and tasty ale but with a price and packaging that make it too easily coveted by a regressive beer snob quarter.

Paul of Kingston -

Whoops - that should have read " Fullers Vintage Ale". Apologies to St. Peter's.

Dem -

"As I have aged, my income has gone up, and my capacity for beer has gone down.
I can now afford all the beer I can drink."

Pure genius.

Henry Halff -

Interesting fight.

My first thought is that taste is the issue. I like beers that taste good. I especially like beers that taste interesting. I'm willing to pay for taste. Seate probably doesn't care about taste. Why should he pay?

My second thought is that, for many of us, age is the solution to the price problem. As I have aged, my income has gone up, and my capacity for beer has gone down. I can now afford all the beer I can drink.

Alan -

I have no idea how those comments inverted.

Adam Beck -

It was a popular polarizing statement for Seate to make.

As I read Seate's column it hit me. I could picture tons of Pittsburgh readers saying, "You got that right!. Who the heck would pay 5-10 bucks for a beer?" I kept hearing my uncle's voice in fact. :-) He's a retired policeman in Pittsburgh.

Knut Albert -

If there was just one bar in every town, and this bar changed to offering craft beer only, there would be a problem.
But just about everywhere, there are pubs and bars promoting pale lagers, domestic or Red Stripe/Corona/Heineken/Carlsberg. They have happy hours and other promotions, and they are in the cheap end of the market.
The ones you have to work harder to find are the back street bars where they cater for the more challenging beer drinker, who want new brews, weird brews and rare brews. These cannot be distributed in tanks similar to the ones used for liquid fuel, and are, accordingly, more expensive.
As for the bearded, t-shirted crowd, well, they can be a bit overwhelming. In one CAMRA publication they were called the anorak brigades. But I would rather have those than a bar filled with locals drinking cheap lagers and shots of the local booze, regarding any stranger as a menace coming their to steal their women/horses/jobs.

In many countries of the world, wine is the everyday tipple. There you will find the local wine being offered with the more rustic food, while there are more sophisticated (and expensive) wines that are drunk on special occations or with more elaborate meals. The same goes for beer.

Jessie Jane -

As much as I tend to agree with almost everything almost everyone has said on this subject (from blog to blog), I can't help thinking how absurd the whole situation is: a man walks into a bar...a bar with 50 taps...and is upset to find himself surrounded by people who take beer seriously. Huh?

Alan -

Greg Clow has an excellent round up of the round ups.