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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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Alan -

Here is another useful discussion I found searching for "cheque for short beer".

Alan -

And here is another discussion from a search for "short beer token" that seems to indicate that the "wooden nickles" we are no supposed to be taking, according to the old cliche, is actually one of these tokens.

Alan -

The wonders of the internet never cease. Here is a picture of a beer token or a check for a beer:<p><center><img src="http://www.genx40.com/images/2007f/saloon_token_150px.jpg" vspace="15"></center><p>It is from the Bellingham Bay Brewery - or 3B - of Whatcom in Washington State. but it seems to be a promotional give away by the brewery rather than a rain check on the second ale.

Travis1 -

Interesting stuff on one of those posts from the WWII guy. I always wondered about the wooden nickles thing. I remember my grand mother telling me that. I also remember going to the legion with my dad and him getting those (as well as the little glasses of beer they had). Gotta love beer history!

Stephen Beaumont -

On a related "beer token" note, a neighbour of my parents remembers his German family being housed in the Wernesgruner brewery at the end of WWII. There was little or no food available to them, but there was beer, so each family would be issued these tokens which they could use in a special machine to dispense a measure of beer. This was the principle form of sustenance for the men, women and children.

The brewery, which beer geographers will recognize as being in what was formerly East Germany, was considered neutral ground by the victorious forces, and so they would be paid regular visits by American, Russian and other Allied armies. It was, needless to say, a popular place.

Alan -

That is wonderful - what a great machine. Growing up in Halifax was a little like that as it was a semi-open port in the Cold War. As college kids we often sat in the same room as US Navy guys and Russian "fishermen" from the boats with plenty of aerials. You could always spot the KGB minders as they always sat alone.

Burch -

Interesting. I found this web site because of Fibber McGee and Molly. I've been listening to a bunch of episodes of late and the character "Horatio K. Boomer" (a W.C. Fields sound-alike played by Bill Thompson) seems to do a similar bit in every episode that I've heard him in (haven't heard all of them yet). He's looking for something, goes through a list of items, and ends with a check for a short beer. So far I've only heard one show (15th wedding anniversary elopement) where he finds what he's looking for. Anyway, I've been curious about the term and here we are...

John Johnson -

My father, who was born in 1909, used the term "short beer" specifically in regard to a beer in a smaller glass. He used a smaller, almost water glass type of glass.
He grew up in a small town in New Jersey and the local bars would serve these smaller beers for less cost.
I also saw this in Chicago bars in my younger days.