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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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tim -

i enjoy the hacker pscorr. it's one of the regularly available lcbo/BS good germans.

Mike -

If your understanding of German and German-style beers is primarily based on ignorance, why go off on a rant about them?

Alan -

I am the only me I have Mike. Plus I expect you and all of us do much based on ignorance. It's all about personal exploration. If you are looking for a self-described guru or something like that around here you've come to the wrong place. I can only be honest and who know - maybe I will learn something before your very eyes.

Alan -

Just to add one point, seeing as you commented after only the first two paragraphs were written, I really have no clue about what you could possibly be talking about Mike.

Leo-oo- -

Quiet interesting to see the 2 Holsten-Bock - I never got this here in Germany. They dont list this two kinds at the (german) website. It is similar with the "Becks dark" - I got this stuff only over in the US.

A suprise is: "Three say organic." In Germany all beers are organic or your are in trouble ;-)

Alan -

Isn't that an interesting little fact. I will see if there is more to that, Leo.

Jordan -

Hi Alan - I got here through another blog that linked to your review of "Brew Beer Like a Monk", and I was impressed with what I found. You've been added to my Google Reader list, and not every blog gets that honor. One nitpick, you need to talk more about west coast beers (especially Colorado beers, which are the finest beers in America - but I am obviously biased :) ).

Anyway The Celebrator is one of my favorite winter beers - it is satisfying and warming, and its one of those beers that you just know will be a satisfying you pour it into the glass. Plus you get a fertility goat to boot. Its a win, win situation!

Alan -

You are completely right but most west coast beers do not get near me at the NY and Ontario border. Certainly not the smaller ones - and they refuse to ship samples. Same with southern US. We have an opening for writers from both areas.

KevBrews -

Wow, you've got quite a variety of beers there! Yes, they are all German (or German-style) lagers, but the Bocks will be very different from the Alt beers.

I too am a little ignorant though of the German beers, but what I've always heard touted is how well-engineered they are. I wonder if that will be the consistent thread in your tasting.

Alan -

I am all a flutter to find out. I am going to have one or two night, then a couple more Friday, take a break for CNY brewfest and pick it up Superbowl Sunday. Life sucks not it does.

Knut Albert -

I think you are using "organic" in different ways, Leo and Alan. By "organic" you'd usually mean the same as "ökologisch".
This means, for excample, that the barely and the hops have to be grown without pesticides.
I hasten to add that I do not belong to that church. The difference is often that the organic producers are doing what they do small scale and with more passion, which can give more interesting products.

Leo-oo- -

I think you are right with the "ökologisch" and the pesticides - this trend is popular in small german breweries.
On the other side we get this crap: http://tinyurl.com/2u2pba Beer-Mix-drinks with Lemon, Cola or Blue-Gatorate-like stuff :-(

BR -

ok, now I'm confused (what's new?) but I didn't think these were all lagers. Perhaps you can set me straight but I thought the wheat and alt (weiss amd altbier?) were ales and that they were top fermented, lagers being bottom fermented. overly simplistic understanding perhaps?

Alan -

You are quite correct and you anticipate the discussion I will write when I try the alts. But, like cream ale from western NY state, they are something of a hybrid and share with German lagers the roundness that mellow aging produces which is also part of my point. But I just added a bit to the hefe review to confirm the lager / not lager divide.

Fukito -

Well, Alan, albeit your reserve towards german beers I don´t think you selected the right stuff. Those Holsten can be rather nasty... Why don´t pick something from Weinheinstephan or Schneider?

Keep up the good work!

Leo-oo- -

"Those Holsten can be rather nasty..." your are right - Holsten is also known as a headache-producer ;-)
Weihenstephan and Schneider are good Hefeweizen! In Weihenstephan is a campus of Technical University Munich for professional brewmasters.

Leo-oo- -

ouch - my last comment was for Fukito

Alan -

Good comments all. I am a fan of the Schneider and other good hefes as this post from 2005 should bear witness. With any luck, this selection will act as a bit of further education so any advice and recommendations are most welcome.

Alan -

Just the Munster and Magnotta alts to go.

Alan -

A bottle of Pinkus hefe with cold rare beef on a green salad is pretty damn fine accompaniment to four man bobsled.