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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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Lew Bryson -

Very well said, Alan. We've always got to remind wine and spirits folks -- and ourselves, headed the other way -- that you've got to compare apples to apples, not caviar to a can of tuna. The can of tuna is perfectly safe and nutritious...but it ain't caviar.

Alan -

Another interesting point floating around the BBC today about EU changes to wine making regulations:<blockquote class="smalltext">...Other proposals that have raised the hackles of European wine producers include banning the use of sugar in the fermentation process. This could change the very essence of winemaking in cooler countries such as Austria, Germany and Britain, farmers argue. It could also face fierce opposition from France, where cane sugar is traditionally used to make champagne...</blockquote>

Stan Hieronymus -

Alan - At the Facebook group site you've got the headline on this "Can a wine writer ever get beer right?"

That's the question I wanted to answer. The answer is "Yes, if ..."

I would hope that somebody who writes primarily about wine would approach beer in the same way. That he or she starts by understanding or learning a little about the relevant background - maybe it is style, maybe technique, maybe some difference in ingredients - before writing. And, as we keep repeating, also talk about what is in the glass.

It would seem that Beppi Crosariol needs to read more of Eric Asimov of the New York Times.

Chris -

Apparently the G&M writer has not had the luxury of trying various Fantome offerings.

Alan -

...or anything Belgian not made by InBev or anything with yeast still in it or made with interesting hops or handled by hand in the manufacture or...

Alan -

Beppi could do worse than considering this post by Martyn Cornell on three aged beers.