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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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Richard McDermott -

The main value of this book is the photography and the locations of the bars. However, there is a good deal of misinformation and a failure to do serious research. The author cites an ignorant hanger-on in McSorley's as her source for its history. She would have done better to have read the New York Times November 19, 1995; September 29, 1996; The AIA Guide to New York City 2004; The Blue Guide to New York; and An Architectural Guide To The Metropolis, McGraw Hill 2003. McSorley's opened in 1862 not 1854.
She fails to acknowledge that her information about The Bridge Cafe And Fanelli's Cafe came from the research that I did for the owners. Even so, she manages to insert some misinformation.There is no information whatever that Fanelli's ever harbored a brothel.
She could have asked the owner of The White Horse for a copy of the research a NYU graduate student did which is quite different from her account. He gave it to me.
She has the Ear Inn and The Old Town quite wrong.
A black man named James Brown never owned the Ear Inn as she claims.No one knows when it was built. There is no record. The Old Town was not started by Harry Viemeister. He did not arrive here until 1913. It was started in 1892 by Jacob Burckel whose name is on the 1896 license behind the bar. The owner could have told her all this.
Everything about the former patrons of the Paris Cafe is myth. The author does not have an ounce of evidence to support her tall stories.
Pete's Tavern dates from 1851 not 1829. It was never called the Portman Hotel (consult the City Register's office 66 John Street). O.Henry did not write The Gift of the Magi in the tavern. We have the word of his editor at The New York World, W.W, Williams, about this matter.
Based upon these cases I have little confidence in her accuracy about the other bars.
There is little or no serious research in this book. In many cases she apparently repeated whatever the guy behind the bar told her. No person with a serious interet in these bars should buy this book.